3 September 2022: Tupelo, Mississippi

A man was taken into custody and “being charged with grand larceny and making terroristic threats,” Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka said at a press conference Saturday 3 September. “We do anticipate that the federal government will proceed with federal charges in the very near future,” Quaka said. The man, an employee at a local airport, allegedly stole a twin-engine plane at the city’s airport early on Saturday, took off and then threatened to crash into a local Walmart. He eventually landed the aircraft in a field, the police chief said. The man was identified as Cory Wayne Patterson of Shannon, Mississippi. “We do not believe he is a licensed pilot. That is still ongoing to discover this,” the police chief said. The man had worked at Tupelo Aviation for 10 years as a lineman fueling aircraft, Quaka said.