Friday, May 24, 2013

'A plane ride to hell': California man arrested after disturbances on plane, Midland International Airport (KMAF), Texas

Bryan Ray Allen

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 1:58 pm

A 31-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after reportedly causing trouble on a Southwest Airlines flight and then running from police on a jetway at Midland International Airport.

Bryan Ray Allen, 32302 Alipaz in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., was charged with interference with flight crew members and attendants in a federal complaint.

According to the complaint, the plane was going from Las Vegas to Dallas, with a stopover in Midland.

The flight crew told officers that Allen attempted to get in the cockpit mid-flight, and would not cooperate when told to sit down, according to the complaint. They also told officers he was unruly and scaring the passengers, some of whom offered to help calm Allen down.

When he was arrested, Allen told officers he used methamphetamine twice in the previous 24 hours and also drank alcoholic beverages before getting on the plane.

“He felt that there were evil demonic forces on the flight from Las Vegas to Midland. He thought God was speaking to him and he needed to get off the plan mid-flight or get into the cockpit because the pilots were evil,” according to the complaint. “He said ‘everyone in the cockpit was evil and it was a plane ride to hell.’”

According to the complaint, the Midland Police Department responded to the airport at about 8:50 p.m. Thursday regarding the disturbance on the inbound flight.

In addition to attempting to get into the cockpit, according to the affidavit Allen also tried to push open the exit door when the airplane landed before it reached the gate.

When the plane reached the gate, Allen pushed a flight crew member away from the door and opened the door to the jetway to run toward the gate, according to the complaint, where he was met by police.

According to the complaint, a brief struggle ensued with the officers before they were able to detain him.

Allen agreed to waive his Miranda rights to speak with FBI Special Agent Joshua Pirtle, according to the complaint, at which point he told Pirtle about the drugs, alcohol and “evil forces.”

“He said the flight attendants were trying to stop him from doing something he absolutely needed to do,” according to the complaint.

Allen then ended the interview, according to the complaint, and Allen again struggled with officers when they told him he would be held on federal charges.

He was transported to the Midland Detention Center, and then transferred into the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

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