Airport worker who stole plane, threatened to collide with Walmart, charged in federal court
Published Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 08:18
- Cory Wayne Patterson, Courtesy of Tupelo Police
Lawyers want a psychological evaluation for the man accused of stealing a plane in Tupelo and threatening to crash into a Walmart store.
Cory Patterson, who was charged by Tupelo police with large-scale theft and making a terrorist threat, appeared in federal court in Oxford on Wednesday. WTVA in Tupelo reports. He faces federal charges of aircraft destruction and threats of aircraft destruction.
Police say Patterson — who does not have a pilot’s license — stole a small plane from Tupelo Regional Airport on Sept. 3 and then threatened to crash into the Walmart Store in Tupelo. He circled northeast Mississippi for more than five hours that day, before landing in a field in Tippah County and being arrested by federal agents.
He remains in custody of the US Marshal Service.
The stolen Beechcraft King Air C90A belongs to an Oxford resident.
Officials have said that Patterson, who was an employee at the Tupelo airport, had some flight instruction and worked in aircraft refueling, although he had no pilot’s license or experience with landing planes.