Michael Barrett “was on board a commercial flight from Buffalo to Chicago. Federal agents met him at the gate, and he was taken into custody. There was no resistance and no attempted flight,” FBI Special Agent Ross Rice told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
That’s how smoothly it went down Friday night at O’Hare International Airport when Barrett was taken into custody.
The divorced insurance executive, described as “middle class,” had his first court appearance in Chicago Saturday morning.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys ordered Barrett to return to Los Angeles where the charges against him were filed because that’s where Andrews reported to the FBI that she was a victim of video stalking.
“A criminal complaint filed late Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court Los Angeles alleges Barrett stalked the victim with the intent to harass, to place under surveillance with intent to harass and intimidate, and to cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another state,” Rice added.
Outside court, Barrett’s attorney Rick Beuke said of his client, “I don’t think he’s even had a traffic ticket.”
Barrett is being held in Chicago’s Metropolitan Detention Facility, RadarOnline has confirmed, and will remain there until a Monday bail hearing.
“Barrett is scheduled to go before Judge Keys again at 1 p.m. Monday,” Rice said. “The judge will determine if Barrett will continue to be held without bond, or if he’ll be released on his own recognizance.”
If Barrett is released on bail, “he’ll have to get himself to L.A. to face a federal judge,” U.S. Attorneys Office spokesman Thom Mrozek told Radaronline.com exclusively.
“If the judge on Monday orders him held without bond, the U.S. Marshals will transport him to L.A., whatever number of days that takes. We’ll know more after Monday’s hearing.”
Barrett’s father, Frank, is shocked at the charges against his son. He told The Chicago Sun-Times, “he’s always been an outstanding, hardworking guy.”