Police Taser, Arrest Man Accused of Fondling Passenger on Plane

Saul Bowman
April 24, 2018

Separately, the Miami New Times offered more details about the altercation, stating that Garcia allegedly groped the girlfriend of one of his fellow passengers.

The rest of the passengers had to return to the terminal while the police attempted to subdue the man.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department's arrest report, Garcia was moved to a different seat after the first incident, but "began to scream and insult" the woman and her boyfriend and became involved in an altercation with another passenger.

American Airlines released a statement that read in part, "The instigating passenger was asked by our Miami team members to deplane and he refused".

He shouted: 'Listen what is the reason why you're removing me from this plane?'

None of the officers offer a reply, but one passenger pipes up: "Well, you just assaulted a lady, for one. Do not fight." The officer then grabs a Taser and shocks Garcia ten times until they are able to handcuff him, according to the Times. When police brought in a golf cart to take him outside, Garcia allegedly slumped to the ground to impede the officers.


Garcia refused to budge from his seat, police said. As he resisted, footage reportedly shows him reach for an officer's gun.

After police had placed Garcia in a patrol auto, he kicked one of the rear windows out of alignment, causing about $150 in damage, police said.

Garcia, of the Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago, has been charged with one count each of battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, depriving an officer of a firearm, and criminal mischief. His bail was set at $9,000.

In a statement American Airlines said: 'American began the process of deplaning the entire aircraft.

In videos given to Local 10 News by passengers on board, the man was being combative with flight attendants and law enforcement officers who were taking him into custody. As of Monday morning, he is still being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami.

The airline said it was cooperating with the police investigation.

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