Refugees held in Phoenix airport bomb scare

August 26, 2011 - 4:30 PM
Fake Bomb Arrests

This combo mode from booking photos provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows, from left, Shani Asa, Shullu Gorado and Luwiza Daman. The three African refugees were arrested Aug. 5 after a fake bomb was found in one of their carry-on bags at Phoenix's airport. Daman and Shani appeared in court Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. A federal magistrate is considering whether to order them detained or allow them to be released on the condition that they attend court hearings. Gorado was ordered to be kept in custody at a hearing last week. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ordered two African refugees to remain behind bars for their role in what police describe as a fake bomb found at Phoenix's main airport.

The federal magistrate ruled Friday that Luwiza Daman and Asa Shani are "a serious flight risk."

Daman, Shani and Shullu Gorado have pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of causing what appeared to be an explosive device to go through a security checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Aug. 5.

Gorado was ordered to be kept in custody at a hearing last week.

Authorities say Daman had the item in her bag as she went through security intending to board a plane to Des Moines, Iowa. Police say Gorado and Shani gave it to her.