The FBI says a Canadian man charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan, made references during the attack to people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Neville is at a nearby hospital in stable condition. A court spokesman said Ftouhi will remain in custody until a bond hearing next Wednesday. An FBI spokesperson said Ftouhi entered the US on June 16 by a land border in Lake Champlain, N.Y. and arrived at the airport Wednesday morning. But he wasn’t an airline passenger, Gelios said.
“I was about 10-15 feet away when I witnessed the attack”, said Lt. Dan Owen, who oversees the fire department and EMS at the airport.
The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife yesterday and declared “Allahu akbar“, the Arabic phrase for “God is great”.
The suspect was taken into custody at the airport and is now being questioned by law enforcement officers. “The agent informed me that at approximately 8:52 a.m., Ftouhi entered the first level of Bishop International Airport carrying a red duffle and a dark satchel bag”. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Ftouhi had an attorney. He allegedly stabbed a uniformed police officer in the neck Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport, prompting an evacuation and shutdown of the airport.
“Please keep the officer in your prayers”, the tweet said.
The airport was evacuated and there were no other injuries.
After eating more than six frosted pastries in 3 minutes in the Chicago doughnut contest, Neville said he had a full steak dinner that same evening, “but then we got to the desert and I realized that I’d had enough”, he told The Journal at the time.
The FBI, with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies is jointly investigating this incident to determine the nature and motive for the attack.
David Gelios, FBI Chief Investigator revealed that Ftouhi entered the United States on June 16.
Authorities interviewed Fthoui extensively after the attack.
Amor Ftouhi, 49, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation described as a Canadian who crossed into the United States from Quebec earlier this month, was under arrest Wednesday and facing a charge of causing violence at an worldwide airport.
A USA official told CNN that, based on preliminary information, it appears the suspect has traveled between the United States and Canada multiple times.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the attack, an administration official told CNN. He added that it was clear the Ftouhi had a ‘hatred for the U.S’.
Montreal police conducted a raid on a home in the neighbourhood of St-Michel on Wednesday afternoon.
Montreal police acting on behalf of the RCMP went to an apartment in the city’s east end to question people in connection with the suspect, police confirmed.
“He’s a good person, very quiet”.
Ftouhi’s Facebook page shed little light on his views.
But he left the company before obtaining his certificate and was never a company representative, the statement said.
The attacker was tackled to the ground by fellow police officers.