LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A Stanford University professor arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly having a grenade in his luggage says he was returning from his late father’s home with the World War II-era souvenir.
Gary Walter Cox tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1pxTYVK) he cleaned out his childhood home in Palos Verdes after the recent deaths of his parents and had forgotten the memorabilia he packed in his carry-on luggage included the grenade.READ MORE: California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
He says his father, a retired Navy captain, used it as a paperweight.
Cox was arrested last week after screeners found the grenade as he was attempting to board a flight home to San Jose.READ MORE: Update: One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Diners at San Jose Sports Bar
The 58-year-old political science professor is free on $500,000 bail. He said Saturday police have told him the charge will be dropped.
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