Las Vegas Certain Airline Passenger Indicted for Alleged Assault


Posted on: February 22, 2024, 01:55h. 

Final up to date on: February 22, 2024, 11:05h.

A passenger who allegedly beat a person whereas each have been on a airplane heading to Las Vegas was indicted on Wednesday.

A sign for Harry Reid International Airport
An indication for Harry Reid Worldwide Airport, pictured above. A passenger who landed on the airport was arrested after allegedly attacking a fellow passenger. (Picture: KUNR)

The defendant, Julio Lopez, is charged with assault with a harmful weapon for final month’s assault, in response to Las Vegas TV station KLAS. He’ll seem in Las Vegas federal court docket subsequent week.

The January 24 incident passed off after the Alaska Airways airplane took off from Seattle’s Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport.

Midflight, Lopez allegedly threw punches, putting his fellow passenger and the sufferer’s spouse.

Throughout the altercation, [the victim’s] spouse was screaming on the defendant to cease hitting her husband,” in response to an arrest report from the FBI. There was “blood all over the place.”

One other close by passenger additionally ordered Lopez to cease the assault, the FBI revealed.

Suspect Restrained

A regulation enforcement officer occurred to be on the flight and likewise demanded Lopez sit down. Flight attendants placed on “flex cuffs and the defendant was restrained for the rest of the flight” till the airplane arrived in Las Vegas, in response to the FBI.

The unnamed sufferer had been sitting close to Lopez. There was no description of the sufferer’s accidents.

Lopez was additionally described within the FBI report as being “fidgety” whereas on the airplane, Las Vegas TV station KVVU reported. He stored on getting out of his seat and made an prolonged journey to the restroom on the airplane.

Lopez additionally was discovered to have a do-it-yourself weapon constructed of pens and rubber bands in his possession, KLAS reported.

As soon as the flight landed at Harry Reid Worldwide Airport at 8:37 a.m., Lopez was positioned in custody by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division (LVMPD) and housed in a police substation in Terminal 3.

Lopez advised authorities he “felt the mafia had been chasing him” and that he “deliberate on attacking and killing him [the passenger].” He added that the sufferer was linked to “the cartel” and was following him, in response to KVVU.

Wished Asylum

Lopez additionally stated he deliberate to hunt asylum in the US, in response to KVVU. There’s no phrase if Lopez is from a overseas nation, or if he’s a migrant or customer to the US.

At one level, Lopez demanded to talk to FBI brokers. The FBI took over the investigation of the assault.

Not one of the flight crew seem to have been injured throughout the flight.

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