Airline: Passenger removed after physical altercation on Miami flight to Chicago

23 April, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Police taze ‘combative’ American Airlines passenger

Passengers told WPLG the man was combative with flight attendants and police officers.

Jacob Garcia began screaming insults on Sunday when airline staff tried to move him to another seat after the woman and her boyfriend accused him of touching her inappropriately, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department arrest report.

As fellow passengers record on their cell phones, a young man with a waxed mustache struggles with three Miami-Dade Police officers on an American Airlines plan sitting on the tarmac at Miami International Airport.

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"What is the reason why you are removing me from the plane?" he asks.

The plane, scheduled to leave at 9:30 p.m., left at 10:34 p.m. with all passengers except Garcia, American Airlines said in the statement.

The report states the officer deployed his taser 10 times, "due to Mr. Garcia's actions and the close quarters of the engagement, Officer Desorches was unable to holster his ECW (Electronic Control Weapon) which caused the number of cycles".

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Passenger videos show police zapping the man as they struggled to get him off the plane. Once inside the airport, the suspect reportedly attempted to grab an officer's handgun, but police brought him into custody safely.

Garcia further delayed his departure - as well as the flight's - by entwining his legs with the aircraft seats. The man refused to leave and the crew began deplaning passengers. Officer Desroches slapped Garcia's hand away, and Garcia made a second reach that Desroches parried.

By that time, Miami-Dade police were called. "During that process, a physical altercation between the same two passengers took place", American Airlines said in a statement.

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Police officials told ABC 7 Chicago that Jacob Garcia was charged with battery, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting an officer, and depriving an officer of means of protection. It was not immediately clear whether Garcia had a lawyer.

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