Man allegedly armed with butcher knife arrested at airport

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A 61-year-old Milwaukee man faces charges after alleged threatening employees with a butcher knife at Mitchell International Airport on Sunday, April 7th. The accused is Pedro Desir.

Deputies arrested Desir at the airport around 10 p.m. on Sunday. They found the butcher knife behind an airport computer keyboard.

Desir is apparently an employee with a subcontract service provider for an airline and had allegedly gotten into an argument with co-workers. Officials say he entered an office in the baggage area and returned waving a knife at them.

Pedro Desir

Desir is now charged with disorderly conduct and use of a dangerous weapon. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday, April 9th. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail on the disorderly conduct charge, and potentially an additional six months because of the dangerous weapon charge.

Desir is due back in court on April 23rd for a pre-trial conference.

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