Lu Parker, a journalist with local television in Los Angeles and former Miss USA, was arrested Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport suspected of stealing a pair of in-ear headphones belonging to a police detective.
Parker, 48, was taken into custody at about 7:00 in the afternoon as part of a flight in a control zone of the Administration of the Transportation Safety Board of terminal 6, a statement of police constable Rob Pedregon airport.
It was reserved for a police station in the small flight of suspicion and released later.
The owner of the earpiece is a Los Angeles police officer outside the police department and made the arrest as a private citizen, said Pedregon.
CBS Los Angeles reports that the headphones are worth $ 200.
The anchor KTLA-TV, whose full name is Frances Louise Parker, took the headphones to the security post and was arrested after boarding a plane.
“We believe this is a misunderstanding, Lu cooperating fully with the authorities and we are confident it will be able to erase it all,” KTLA said in a statement.
Parker was traveling to visit his sick father and was in the security line when she noticed that the headphones were left behind, the statement said.
She would have started at 7 am Wednesday when a passenger walking through the sorting area TSA noticed a personal belonging – headphones said to be valued at $ 200 – was missing and reported to the police of Los Angeles airport .
According to the Times story, the passenger then asked to make an arrest of a private person. (This usually happens when no serving officer has witnessed the offense.
The security video also showed the incident and a potential suspect, said a spokesman for the airport police at the Times, and Parker was then removed from a flight and arrested.
However, Parker station 11 years said Parker, who was traveling to cure his father, who was ill, “chose (headphones) up with the intention of returning them to the owner with whom she had spoken with during the security check line. ”
The statement KTLA added that when she was unable to locate the owner, Parker board his flight.
“We think this is a misunderstanding, Lu cooperating fully with the authorities and we are confident it will be able to clarify all this,” concluded the statement.
The bubbly brunette and statuary of South Carolina, who was born Frances Louise Parker, was crowned Miss USA in 1994. After that, she spent some six years on television in San Antonio.
In 1998, the beauty queen and former high school English teacher was hired by KABB to co-anchor the new 9 p.m. next to Michael Valdes station of the staple.
“She picked them up with the intention of returning them to the owner with whom she had talked online to clear TSA” KTLA said in a statement.
However, she could not find the owner and board his flight, according to the station.
Parker is the 1994 winner of the Miss USA and a single friend of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.