A Hyde Park man who was arrested Wednesday after police said he carried a loaded firearm through a Boston Logan Airport TSA security checkpoint was ordered to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
Lorenzo Beechman, 36, was charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license (third offense), airport security violations, illegal possession of a firearm without a license with a prior violent offense and illegal possession of ammunition, in connection with the Logan Airport incident, according to a Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson.
On Thursday, Boston Municipal Court Judge Joseph Griffin ordered Beechman held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Jan. 4, 2023.
Wednesday at around 7:15 p.m., TSA security notified Massachusetts State Police of a man who they said had placed a gun, located inside a shoebox covered by a brown paper bag, on a screening machine belt at a Terminal A Delta security checkpoint. Once officers responded to the seized firearm, police determined the gun to be a loaded .22-cal Hi-Standard Model B pistol. There were also reportedly several personal items belonging to Beechman inside the shoebox the gun was found in, according to district attorney officials.
Police allege that Beechman, who was traveling with a child, left the shoebox behind after TSA security seized the carry-on luggage. Beechman and the minor proceeded to walk to his gate with the rest of his belongings.
Troopers approached Beechman and asked if the package belong to him. Beechman admitted the package was his, the DA spokesperson stated. When asked what was in the package he retracted his statement saying: “No, that’s not my bag. I thought you were talking about another bag,” according to officials.
According to officials, airport video surveillance revealed Beechman placing the bag on the security belt. Beechman was arrested and the child was placed into the custody of a relative.
Beechman has prior convictions involving firearms and armed and masked robbery. He has open cases involving resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, breaking and entering and larceny from a building, the DA’s office stated.
“It’s incredibly brazen to think that you can move a gun — in this case, a loaded gun — through an airport security machine without it being detected. It’s sad that this man placed a child in the position of having to witness the result of his brazen and dangerous action,” Hayden said.
This incident makes 31 firearms detected at Boston Logan Airport in 2022, a record-breaking number of firearms detected at Logan. The prior record was 21 firearms detected in 2018. Across New England security checkpoints, 46 firearms were detected so far in 2022. Last year, 40 firearms were found at security checkpoints.
Firearms and firearm parts must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case and taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared, TSA said.