Peter Steinmetz, AR-15-Toting Barrow Scientist, to Hold News Conference on Monday
Peter Steinmetz, the brain scientist arrested last week after bringing an AR-15 to the airport, plans to address reporters at a Monday news conference.
Steinmetz is scheduled to appear and give a public statement at 3 p.m. Monday at the law office of Marc Victor, 3920 South Alma School Road, Suite 5, in Chandler. He will appear alongside Victor.
The Barrow Neurological Institute, where Steinmetz works as a noted brain researcher, announced Wednesday it was putting him on administrative leave -- after deleting several references to him on its website.
However, it's too early to say whether Steinmetz will be charged criminally for what Phoenix police say were two counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon.
We asked the office of county attorney Bill Montgomery to comment on the status of the case. Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the office, responded, "No charging decision has been made. Investigation continuing."
The AmmoLand article, which does not back up its headline stating that the doctor has been "vindicated," does bring up the interesting point that the law Steinmetz is alleged to have broken requires either the intent or the knowledge to disturb the peace.
In court records, Phoenix police claim that the muzzle of Steinmetz's AR-15, which was fully loaded with a round in the firing chamber, became pointed briefly at two women in Terminal Four of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as he unslung the rifle from his shoulder.
Steinmetz "proceeded to remove the Stag Arms AR-15 from his right shoulder, thus causing the muzzle to face two victims sitting to the right," the booking sheet states.
Steinmetz hasn't yet commented publicly about why he took his rifle to the airport -- or whether he knew he would expose the Barrow Neurological Institute to publicity it didn't want.
Victor didn't want to get into the substance of Steinmetz's news conference just yet, saying the public will have to wait until Monday.
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