Police officer stabbed in neck at MI airport
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 17:06
U.S. officials identified the suspect, who is in custody and cooperating with investigators, as a 49- year-old Canadian resident from Quebec named Amor Ftouhi.
Ftouhi, a 49-year-old St-Michel resident, was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with committing violence at an airport. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was "proud of the swift response" by authorities from both the U.S. and Canada.
He appeared in U.S. District Court in Flint on Wednesday evening after a criminal complaint of violence at an worldwide airport, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in a federal prison.
The FBI says it believes the Canadian terror suspect in Wednesday's MI airport stabbing attempted to buy a gun while in the US.
A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck.
A Canadian man yelled "Allahu akbar" before he allegedly stabbed a police officer at the Flint, Michigan airport in what the FBI is investigating as a terrorist act, officials said.
According to information he gave to a pre-trial services official, he speaks minimal English and is fluent in French.
Amor Ftouhi, 50, was born in Tunisia and had citizenship there and in Canada, where he lived for the past decade.
He held jobs at a grocery store and trained to become a security guard before working as a truck driver in recent years, according to a copy of his CV obtained by CBC News.
Court officials said he had no history of drug or alcohol abuse or mental health issues. Amor Ftouhi appeared in federal court to hear the charges against him.
Gelios said the attacker, armed with a roughly 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, "continued to exclaim "Allah" and he made a statement to the effect of "you killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan" and 'We're all going to die'". Neville subdued Ftouhi, who allegedly asked why the officier didn't kill him.
Gelios said Ftouhi was the only suspect. He entered the US through Lake Champlain, N.Y. Friday and traveled to Flint. A person who answered the phone at the office Thursday said his attorney doesn't have any comment on the case at this point.
He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis Wednesday for his initial appearance wearing a mask because he had spat on a law enforcement officer, officials said.
"Yes, I tell the truth", Ftouhi responded.
"Lt. Neville got him to stop stabbing him", said Chief Chris Miller of the Bishop Airport Safety Division, who was nearby and able to handcuff Ftouhi.
Investigators have no information to suggest that the suspect received any training, Gelios said. It was marked Amazon Jungle Survival Knife, officials said.