Flint stabbing suspect in Midland County jail
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 10:37
The man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in MI unsuccessfully attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said on Thursday. Ftouhi went into an airport restroom and dropped the bag there, and came out with a knife around 9:45 am by yelling "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing an officer in the neck.
Trauma surgeon Donald Scholten says Neville suffered a twelve-inch slash to his neck, which was life-threatening. Scholten also credits first responders, saying their efforts to control Neville's bleeding were "absolutely life-saving".
Gelios said so far they found no personal connection between the attacker and Flint, suggesting that he chose the airport probably because it is an global one.
Neville was in satisfactory condition after initially being in critical condition, airport police Chief Chris Miller said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference where the charge against Ftouhi was announced. Ftouhi reportedly lived with his wife and three children, where his neighbor "Hakeem" said Ftouhi was quiet and "a kind person".
Gelios said Ftouhi "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'".
It confirmed Ftouhi's Canadian citizenship and said authorities were cooperating with USA investigators.
Ftouhi is charged with committing an act of violence at an global airport, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said. "Last worked about two weeks ago", Linsey Carson, a court pretrial services officer, told a judge. He says he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground.
Court officials said he had no history of drug or alcohol abuse or mental health issues. Canadian police have been likewise reluctant to discuss what they found when they searched his apartment in Montreal.
Neville was able to subdue Ftouhi, who asked him why he did not kill him.
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