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An Orange County man is facing a federal charge after video captured him punching a flight attendant during a flight from Mexico to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Alexander Tung Cuu Le, 33, of Westminster, has been charged with one count of interference with crew members and flight attendants, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
The incident occurred on American Airlines flight 377l, which was destined to land at Los Angeles International Airport after taking off from Cabo San Lucas.
Video of the mid-air assault showed the passenger hitting the flight attendant in the back of the head while they were in the aisle.
A 30-second video posted on social media showed the flight attendant appearing to speak to the passenger before she turned her back on him. The suspect then walks up to the assistant and punches him before walking away.
The Justice Department said multiple passengers stopped Le near a check-out line.
He was then moved to a different row while his hands and legs were tied.
“He continually unbuckled his seat belt, resulting in flight attendants restraining him in the seat with seat belt extenders,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
Footage captured the stunned reaction of other passengers on the plane.
A passenger on the plane told Eyewitness News that the flight attendant did not appear to be seriously injured and no one else on the flight was injured.
Suspect Arrested and Charged
The witness, named Kevin, added that the suspect was held down by other passengers and his hands were tied. Prior to the assault, Kevin said the suspect started whispering and said, “There are 10 killers on the plane.”
“About that time, the stewardess heard this and took him back to the coach. She sat there for a few minutes, and then the stewardess went back there and confronted the guy,” Kevin said. “The part of the video that you see with him getting hit in the back of the head is he turns around, walks back to the front of the plane, and the guy jumps out and hits him.”
American Airlines said in a statement about the attack that it will not tolerate acts of violence against crew members.
“The person involved in this incident will never be able to travel with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation,” the statement said.
“We thank our crew for their swift action and professionalism in ensuring the safety of their teammates and customers on board. Our thoughts are with our injured stewardess and we ensure they and their fellow crew members have the support they need.” right now.”
Le is expected to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles.
His charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, according to the Justice Department.