UPDATE: The charges against Josephine Coleman were dismissed by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on June 13.
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A southwest suburban woman is accused of bringing a loaded gun to Midway airport Saturday on her way to San Antonio, according to a police report.
Josephine Coleman, 25, of the 18100 block of Juneway Court in Country Club Hills, was charged with attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon, a felony.
When Coleman placed her carry-on bag through a TSA X-ray machine at Midway, officials found she had a Smith & Wesson Model 6906 gun loaded with seven live rounds in the bag, according to a police arrest report.
Coleman told authorities at the airport, "I didn't know the gun was in there. I'm in the military, and I have a FOID card," according to the report. She indeed was carrying a valid Firearm Owner Identification card when she was arrested about 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the report.
She had a boarding pass for a Southwest Airlines flight to San Antonio, according to the report.
Coleman's lawyer said she was at one point in the U.S. Air Force, and her arrest report states that she's a veteran. She's currently a student working on a master's degree, her lawyer said.
Judge James Brown set bail for Coleman at $25,000 on Sunday.