Alaska Airlines Passenger Accused of Attempting to Stab Another Traveler on Las Vegas Flight

by Anthony Losanno
Alaska Plane

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A passenger on Alaska Airlines flight AS604 faces an assault charge after he allegedly tried to stab another passenger in the eye on January 24th. The flight was en route from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) when the incident occurred.

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People is reporting that passenger, Julio Lopez was taken into custody following the flight and he now faces one count of assault with a dangerous weapon after investigators found pens and rubber bands in his possession that he fashioned into a makeshift shank. The FBI says that Lopez tried to stab another passenger in the eye after he “began punching and hitting the victim” who was sitting across the aisle from him. Several other passengers attempted to intervene (including the victim’s wife) and reports of “blood everywhere” as a result of a “pen and tape bundle” being used as a weapon are in the report. Lopez is also accused of hitting the victim’s wife as she attempted to protect her seven-year-old son.

After the incident, Lopez reportedly shouted that he would “only talk to the FBI.” A law enforcement officer onboard ordered him to sit down in an empty seat while the flight crew “worked to provide flex cuffs and the defendant was restrained for the remainder of the flight.”

Alaska Airlines issued a statement to People. It reads:

The incident happened as the aircraft was on descent for arrival in Las Vegas. The aircraft landed safely, and law enforcement took one passenger into custody after the plane arrived at the gate. We’re thankful for our crew for their professionalism in the handling of the incident.”

Anthony’s Take: Another day, another passenger behaving badly. The motive behind this attack has been reported that Lopez felt he was being chased by the “mafia” and that the victim was part of the cartel after him.

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