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Arrest made in Newark airport security breach

world Updated: Jan 09, 2010 13:16 IST

The man believed to have caused a security breach that resulted in major delays last weekend at Newark Liberty Airport when he took advantage of a guard's absence to sneak past a checkpoint and walk arm-in-arm with a woman was arrested, authorities said.

Haisong Jiang, 28, of Piscataway was taken into custody at 7:30 pm on Friday at his home, the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey said. He was being held late last night at the airport by Port Authority police.

The Port Authority said in a statement that Jiang is being charged with defiant trespass, and that the charge was
determined in coordination with Essex County prosecutors and federal officials.

It was not immediate clear whether Jiang has retained a lawyer.

Jiang's roommate told the NBC affiliate in New York that the woman on the tape is Jiang's girlfriend and both are
originally from China.

Jiang lives in two-storey home on a residential street of tidy, single-family homes near the Rutgers University
campus in Piscataway. No one answered the door at the home late last night, and no lights were on. A neighbour, Claire
Busby, said the home is rented by a group of Asian students.

Jiang is listed on the Rutgers Web site as a postdoctoral fellow in the school's biotechnology department.