Actor-director detained in Houston for carrying brass knuckles

Actor-director detained in Houston for carrying brass knuckles
Friday, September 3, 2010 - 3:11am

HOUSTON (AP) - Indian actor and director Vijay Kumar remains in federal immigration detention in Houston after brass knuckles were found in luggage he had checked for a flight to Canada.

The Houston Chronicle reports security officers at Bush Intercontinental Airport detained Kumar on Aug. 20 after a search turned up the brass knuckles, which are banned in Texas.

Kumar's attorney, Grant Scheiner, tells the Chronicle that when Kumar posted bond on Aug. 23, he surrendered his passport and visa to Harris County officials as a condition of his release.

Federal immigration officials then detained him for being in the country without a passport or visa.

John Connolly, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement assistant special agent in charge in Houston, tells the Chronicle that Kumar's not the subject of a homeland security investigation.

He would not say why Kumar's visa was revoked, however.

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