NEWARK, N.J. (WPIX)—Investigators arrested a Rutgers graduate student who admitted to having caused a security breach at Newark Liberty International Airport last Sunday.
He told authorities he ducked a security rope and walked the wrong way through an exit line so he could say goodbye to his girlfriend, who was visiting from California.
Haisong Jiang, 28, of Piscataway was arrested at his home around 7:30 p.m. Friday. He reportedly confessed when Port Authority detectives showed up at his house.
Jiang faces a charge of defiant trespass -- determined in coordination with Essex County prosecutors and federal officials. He will not face federal charges.
Jiang was questioned by Port Authority police, and released shortly after midnight.
Neighbors say he lives in a two-story home near the Rutgers campus, with a group of other Asian students. He's listed on the school's website as a postdoctoral fellow in the school's biotechnology department.
Jiang's roommates describe him as a hopeless romantic, who just wanted to steal a kiss from his girlfriend. They told reporters that he never would have meant any harm, and likely didn't realize what he was doing.
Jiang is due to appear in Newark municipal court next week, according to Paul Loriquet of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
A friend tells PIX News that Jiang's girlfriend is expected back in New Jersey in the upcoming weeks to help him fight the charges.
The breach led to a complete lockdown of Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport for six hours, causing major delays for thousands of passengers.