Brothers Busted for Assaulting AA Flight Crew - NBC 6 South Florida

Brothers Busted for Assaulting AA Flight Crew

Pair arrested at Miami International Airport for beating pilot, flight attendant: Police



    (Published Thursday, July 28, 2011)

    Two brothers were arrested at Miami International Airport Wednesday night after they allegedly assaulted an American Airlines flight crew, police said.

    According to a Miami-Dade Police arrest report, American Airlines Flight 1755 was leaving the gate for its flight to San Francisco just before 9 p.m. when a flight attendant noticed a man, identified as 27-year-old Jonathan Baez, was sleeping and wasn't wearing his seat belt.

    When the flight attendant tried to wake Baez up, he was unresponsive and appeared to be intoxicated or on drugs, the report said.

    The pilot decided to return to the gate, where he and the flight attendant tried to wake Baez up. After several attempts, Baez was finally woken up and asked to leave the plane due to his condition, the report said.

    As the crew was taking Baez off the plane, his brother, 29-year-old Luis Daniel Baez, decided to get off the plane to be with his brother.

    Police say the pair became belligerent with the pilot and flight attendant, threatening the pilot's life.

    "When you fly to San Juan I will have you killed," Luis Baez told the pilot, according to the report.

    Habersham County Sheriff Office

    After they had been taken off the plane, Luis Baez returned and punched the pilot in the face, causing a bruise, lacerations and blurred vision in his left eye, the report said.

    When the flight attendant tried to intervene, Jonathan Baez hit her in the shoulder, according to the report.

    The Baez brothers weren't done with the pilot, attacking him and beating him in the jet bridge, the report said.

    The report said they punched him throughout his body and chest, and chased him into the terminal where they continued to beat him.

    Other flight crew members and passengers intervened and were able to keep the Baez brothers until police arrived.

    Both were charged with aggravated battery, and Luis Baez was also charged with aggravated assault. Luis Baez was being held on $12,500 bond, while Jonathan Baez was being held on $9,000 bond. It wasn't immediately known if either has an attorney.

    “We place the safety of our passengers and crews above all else. We simply have no patience or tolerance for this type of behavior, or for that matter, any kind of behavior onboard our aircraft which could place other passengers and our crews in danger," a statement from American Airlines read.

    The flight didn't leave MIA until 11:30 p.m., and arrived in San Francisco just after 2 a.m., an airline official said.