NEW YORK (AP) — An off-duty New York City police officer subdued and handcuffed an intoxicated passenger who attacked a flight attendant during a scuffle on board a JetBlue plane.
The NYPD says Anibal Mercado intervened after 22-year-old Antonio Ynoa of Brooklyn punched a flight attendant in the face early Sunday on JetBlue Flight 832 from the Dominican Republic to John F. Kennedy International Airport.READ MORE: 2 Shot Aboard Subway Train In Harlem; Suspect At Large
Authorities say the assault happened after the attendant told Ynoa to stop drinking duty-free alcohol.
Mercado, a patrol cop in the Bronx, told reporters that he wrestled Ynoa to the ground and restrained him with plastic handcuffs kept on board. JetBlue says the aircraft landed safely.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Suspect In Attempted Rape In Brooklyn
The FBI says Ynoa will be arraigned Monday in federal court in Brooklyn on charges of assault and interference with a flight crew.
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