Actor on flight from Chicago grabs women, says ‘I want to kiss you’
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS September 27, 2012 12:12AM
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:50AM
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Passengers said they had to tackle a man who was behaving aggressively and grabbing women during a flight from Chicago to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport Tuesday night.
Arash Durrani, 26, was taken into custody Tuesday night after passengers restrained him with their belts to stop him from scaring passengers on United Flight 473, according to the Orange County Register.
Durrani will be charged with a federal offense for interference with a flight crew, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
Durrani began pacing around the plane about 45 minutes into the flight and was grabbing women and harassing people, passenger David Truong told the newspaper.
“He grabbed my hair and lifted my head up and said, ‘I want to kiss you’,” said another passenger, Nona Pitts.
When the man started scaring children on the plane, Truong said he and three other passengers took action and physically restrained the “unbelievably strong” man with belts.
“I was on his chest and three other guys were holding his arms and legs,” Truong said.
The man was restrained for nearly three hours, and a doctor on the flight tried to sedate him with valium.
“He would go in and out of consciousness, but every time he came around he would try to fight again,” Truong said.
Durrani, who also goes by Ash, is listed as an actor in one movie that hasn’t been released. His agent, Sheila Di Marco, said Wednesday she hadn’t heard anything about the incident.