A local man from Watts was involved in a dispute at the LAX Airport yesterday as he sought to drive his loaded 1951 Ford F-1 truck onto the tarmac at the airport. Apparently, Fred G. Sanford, a local recycling dealer was at the airport to pick up some old airplane parts when he inadvertently drove through a security checkpoint toward the main runway. Sanford was forced off the road by airport security vehicles and began cursing and shouting, “You can pat me down bro but, if you touch my junk, I’m going to have you arrested'” Sanford’s protestations escalated to a point where the airport security called for back up and within one minute, several heavily armed personnel arrived and removed the still shouting junk man and his terrified son, to the airport lock up.
Sources say that Sanford and his son Lamont are well known by police within the Watts community. Records indicate there have been dozens of police visits to his home, many to break up disagreements with Sanford and his sister-in-law Esther, as well as, with his friend Grady. Sanford’s son Lamont was known to be a friend to a local con-man named Rollo but , has no prior criminal record of his own. After several hours in custody Sanford and his son were both released on their own recognizance.