LA GUARDIA COPS NAIL KNIFE LADY
New York Post - New York, N.Y.
Author: PHILIP MESSING and JESSICA GRAHAM
Date: Aug 26, 2000
Start Page: 2
A Queens woman wielding a 14-inch kitchen knife menaced terrified passengers and ticket agents last night at La Guardia Airport, police said.
Linda Melville, 50, of Long Island City, was set to fly to Atlanta with her husband when she got into a dispute with a Delta agent over whether her ticket had been paid for, Port Authority cops said.
Suddenly she pulled out the knife, cops said, brandishing it at three agents and some 25 passengers on line.
"It took five of us to cuff her," said Port Authority officer Louis Capuano. "It wasn't easy. She bit, she scratched, and she stabbed at us."
Four cops suffered minor injuries in the struggle.
Cops said her 74-year-old husband was parking their car at the time and knew nothing about the battle.