Update: NBC Miami reports that the man was charged with loitering and prowling and also owns a video production company.
Just five days before I tested the Transportation Security Administration photography policy by videotaping a checkpoint at Miami International Airport, a man was arrested at the same airport for taking photos of “sensitive areas.”
It is not clear on what charges he was arrested on because the WSVN report does not say.
But it does say police became even more suspicious after they questioned him and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
The news report also says the sensitive areas he was photographing were buildings, runways, surveillance cameras and “restricted areas,” which apparently are the same TSA checkpoints we are allowed to photograph.
These areas are so sensitive that WSVN did not hesitate to videotape them to include in its news report.
It turns out, Oluwole Aboyade was a Nigerian national who had overrun his visa, but police did not know that until after they had transported him to the police station.
They turned him over to the feds where he was supposedly wanted on a warrant, but even that part is not clear.
Police said, Aboyade was in the US illegally. The police report read, “Upon arrival at the station, it was learned that Mr. Aboyade had overstayed his work visa and was wanted by ICE.”
Miami-Dade Police turned Aboyade over into the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. ICE will now handle the case. “Once he was there at the facility, it was found that he had some sort of a federal warrant, or they wanted him. He was un-arrested from us and given over to them for their federal charges,” said Williams.
It is unfortunate that WSVN allowed itself to fall prey to police hyperbole rather than ask the obvious questions.