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Man Allegedly Stripped Naked and Masturbated at Airport After Headbutting TVs, Then Said ‘It’s A Free Country’ and Threw Stanchion at TSA Agents

Booking photo of Frank Towers.

Frank Towers.

A man allegedly threw a lurid fit at a Minnesota airport. Frank Towers, 44, was arrested Friday.

Police at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport say Towers threatened to kill a TSA employee. He’s also accused of swinging and throwing a stanchion at agents, according to the criminal complaint obtained by KSTP.

Cops said they told him to stop and move away. Towers allegedly refused, saying he “did not have to stop . . . it’s a free country.”

Police repeated commands for Towers to stop — then tased him when he did not, they said.  The defendant instead approached and allegedly tried to strike an officer, but authorities finally took him into custody.

It turned out that his alleged misbehavior was more lurid and elaborate than initially known. Police said they found surveillance footage from earlier — at 3:10 a.m. — showing Towers hitting and headbutting TV screens, stripping naked, and masturbating. He allegedly also took off his clothes an hour later, then redressed, and threw a chair.

Towers is charged with fourth-degree assault against a peace officer and threats of violence with reckless disregard for risk.

Three pending assault cases from Olmsted County show that Towers has a history of mental illness, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

[Screenshot via Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office]

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