Man Charged After Allegedly Using Racial Slurs, Causing Disturbance at Bradley Airport
On Saturday, 04/08/2023 at approximately 6:33 p.m., Troopers assigned to patrol operations at Bradley International Airport (BIA) responded to the D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches shop located inside of the airport terminal for a report of an active disturbance.
Responding troopers met with the complainant, an employee of D’Angelo, who is a Black female. The complainant explained that due to an unusually high volume of customers during her shift, the restaurant had run out of bread to make sandwiches. The complainant made an announcement to waiting customers and offered to complete their orders as wraps instead. The complainant went on to explain that a tall white male began using profanity and verbally threatened her.
As the investigation was underway, a witness further reported that they had witnessed the white male yelling at the complainant and that the accused had referred to the complainant by using a racial slur.
With the help of additional witnesses, troopers quickly located the accused male in the airport’s west concourse. As a result of the on-scene investigation the male, positively identified as Michael Barnett, DOB 05/24/1984, of Madison, Wisconsin, was taken into custody without incident. Barnett was subsequently transported to Troop H at BIA, where he was processed and charged with the following:
C.G.S. 53a-181, Breach of Peace in the 2nd Degree
C.G.S. 53a-181L, Intimidation Based on Bigotry or Bias in the 3rd Degree
C.G.S. 53a-62, Threatening in the 2nd Degree
The Connecticut State Police Hate Crimes Unit was notified of the circumstances surrounding this arrest.
Barnett was later released on a $2500.00 cash/surety bond and is scheduled for arraignment at Hartford Superior Court, on 04/25/2023.