- Jacob Garcia, an unruly passenger, was repeatedly tasered after being told to leave a flight
- He was charged with battery, depriving an officer of a firearm and disorderly conduct
A passenger on an American Airlines flight on Sunday, who allegedly touched a female passenger on board, was tased multiple times after he tried to grab an officer’s gun while fighting removal from the plane.
The man, who was identified as Jacob Garcia, 28, got into an altercation with another passenger who told authorities Garcia had been touching his girlfriend inappropriately on the flight en route from Miami to Chicago, a Miami-Dade police spokeswoman told NBC News.
According to the arrest report, American Airlines manager Jose Biaggi attempted to move Garcia to another seat, but he reacted by screaming insults at the passenger and her boyfriend, the police report said.
The Fort Worth-based airline said in a statement Sunday night that “the instigating passenger was asked by our Miami team members to deplane and he refused” so the flight crew began to get all passengers off the plane.
Garcia continued struggling with the officers before one of them pulled out his stun gun and repeatedly shocked him while another tried to restrain him. He was tasered for several minutes but the shocks did not seem to initially affect him.
He had also tried to take one of the officers’ guns but was unsuccessful during the confrontation.
Garcia was taken into custody at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He was charged with battery, depriving an officer of a firearm and disorderly conduct.
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