UT student faces felony for bringing metal baton to airport

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A UT student is facing a felony charge after an airport official found an expandable metal baton in his backpack Wednesday that the student told officials he had forgotten to remove.

According to an affidavit for arrest and detention issued for biology senior Cameron Crane on Wednesday, an Austin-Bergstrom International Airport employee discovered an expandable baton inside the main compartment of Crane’s backpack after a routine luggage screening prompted a secondary screening and then search of the backpack.

According to the affidavit, Crane told airport officials the baton was his, and he had forgotten to remove it from his backpack.

Crane was subsequently arrested and charged with carrying weapon in a prohibited place, a third degree felony punishable with two to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Crane was released on bond later Wednesday.