Prior to takeoff, the boyfriend of a woman on the plane contacted authorities after he said Jacob A. Garcia began touching her, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Lazaro Llerena told NBC News.
According to an arrest report, Garcia - who lives in Chicago - was accused by another passenger of touching his girlfriend.
Chaos delayed an American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago Sunday night when police had to repeatedly use a stun gun while forcibly removing a man who was harassing fellow passengers and being combative. During this process, he got into a physical altercation with another passenger and police had to intervene, according to a statement released by American Airlines.
A flight attendant notified police that Garcia had been involved in a fight that had broken out while passengers were leaving the plane, so officers were called on board.
When Garcia still refused to walk off the plane, officers carried him out all while yelling at the officers and other passengers.
Video shot inside the terminal shows the man still arguing with officers as they load him onto a security golf cart.
Despite being Tasered several times by police, Garcia still refused to deplane, and continued acting uncooperatively when he was finally removed from the flight, the New Times added. Once inside the airport, the suspect reportedly attempted to grab an officer's handgun, but police brought him into custody safely.
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He was arrested and charged with Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Officer among other things. Officer Desroches slapped Garcia's hand away, and Garcia made a second reach that Desroches parried. The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 9:30 p.m. ET, departed at 10:34 p.m. ET with all remaining passengers. "The same passenger was subsequently arrested by law enforcement", read a statement from American Airlines. We thank our crews and airport customer service team for their excellent work in this situation.