The woman who opened fire at a Texas airport this week once claimed to be the ‘prophet of God’ married to singer Chris Brown – and has been repeatedly released from prison for a series of alarming crimes after being mentally declared unfit to stand trial, according to a report.
Portia Odufuwa, 37, remained hospitalized on Tuesday morning after being shot and injured by cops as she opened fire inside the Dallas Love Field airport on Monday, police said.
Shocking videos caught passengers screaming and hiding for cover after Odufuwa fired multiple shots while exiting an airport bathroom where she had gone to change, cops say.
It later emerged that Odufuwa was free despite a long history of mental illness and serious crimes, including bank robberies and even arson, according to records reviewed by the Dallas Morning News.
More than once, she gave police the home address of Rihanna’s ex-bad boy Brown, claiming she lived there with the “Run It!” singer, calling him her “husband,” according to affidavits.
In October 2019, Odufuwa was found watching a burning house in Mesquite – telling cops she was “responsible”, the newspaper noted, citing the arrest warrant.
“I am the prophet of God… I am letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire,” she told cops, records show.
The owner of the house – which had already been damaged by two previous fires – wanted to press charges.
However, despite Odufuwa’s alleged confession, no charges were filed due to a lack of scientific evidence, District Attorney John Creuzot told the Morning News without giving further details.
At the time, she was only free because she was found unfit to stand trial for allegedly robbing a bank in April 2019, according to the newspaper. The case was dismissed and Odufuwa would have undergone inpatient and outpatient treatment.
The most recent case cited in the report – from June last year – ended with an almost identical result.
Dallas County Judge Kristin Wade declared Odufuwa incompetent to stand trial in a misdemeanor case for setting off a fire alarm – but found she posed no danger to the public.
The case was dropped and the disturbed suspect was simply referred to outpatient mental health services, according to the newspaper.
Odufuwa’s mental health diagnoses that led her to be deemed unfit to stand trial were unclear, the Morning News said, noting that this too could have changed since her last case. The judge could not be reached for comment, the outlet said.
It was unclear whether Odufuwa had an attorney, and a woman who answered the door to a home listed for her in public records declined to comment, the Morning News said. Odufuwa’s family also declined to comment.