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PD: Man sprayed passengers with spray bottle and jumped from grounded plane at Sky Harbor

Posted: 11:23 AM, Apr 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-12 14:29:56-04
County: No prosecution for Sky Harbor disruption

PHOENIX — A Minnesota man has been arrested, accused of spraying something on passengers while on a flight to Phoenix and jumping from the grounded plane.

Phoenix police say the 25-year-old man was acting strangely while on the flight from Minnesota to Phoenix. He allegedly touched people in the face and sprayed something from a spray bottle on them while on the flight to Sky Harbor International Airport.

The incident happened Friday around 6:15 a.m.

The man was brought to the front of the plane to be escorted off after it landed at terminal 4, but he was able to open an emergency exit and jump from the plane. The man fell about 10 feet to the ground, and suffered minor injuries.

Workers were able to subdue the man until police arrived to take him into custody.

It’s unclear what was in the bottle that the man sprayed onto passengers.

Police say none of the passengers desired prosecution against the man, but trespassing charges are pending. His identity has not been released.