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Man faces life in prison over violent airline incident

Boston (world water plan) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Massachusetts man on charges stemming from a March flight accident in which he was accused of trying to stab a flight attendant with a broken spoon.

Francisco Severo Torres of Leominster was indicted Wednesday in federal court in Boston. He faces one count of interfering and attempting to interfere with a crew member or cabin crew member using a dangerous weapon.

The 33-year-old man was arrested at Boston’s Logan International Airport on March 6 after he allegedly tried to open an emergency exit door while on a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Boston. He is also accused of trying to stab a flight attendant in the neck.

Prosecutors said the crew realized the plane’s door had been unlocked about 45 minutes before landing in Boston. Another flight attendant reported seeing Torres near the door and believed he was the one who moved the handle.

When asked about the door, Torres “allegedly responded by asking if there were cameras showing him doing it,” according to a person familiar with the matter. Press release Issued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

The suspect later became destructive and said he planned to “kill everyone on this plane” before announcing he was “taking over the plane,” according to the release.

Previously shared video with Nexstar’s WPRI The suspect allegedly charged down a walkway toward a small group of people. He then appears to attack one of the men.

According to court documents, Torres attempted to stab a flight attendant “three times” in the neck with a broken spoon. A witness told WPRI that the suspect was then restrained by a group of other passengers.

“As he was running down the aisle, 10 to 15 men on the plane got up and started chasing him,” Lisa Olsen said. “(The men) grabbed him and restrained him…it took four people to sit on him because he was still unstable and screaming.”

The crew then further subdued the suspect, she said. He was arrested after the plane arrived in Boston, according to court documents.

If convicted, Torres could face up to life in prison, up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

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