MN man dragged off plane after alleged drunken brawl

9:09 AM, Jan 7, 2012   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES - A Minnesota man is accused of attacking a flight attendant Wednesday night on a Delta Airlines flight to Los Angeles.

A Delta spokesperson confirms for KARE 11 that Allen Chaves of Stillwater was dragged off Delta Flight 2321 from Minnesota after getting into a drunken altercation with a flight attendant, according to the FBI.

The FBI in Los Angeles tells KARE 11 Chaves was released Thursday after being cited with a federal charge of misdemeanor assault after striking the flight attendant.

Chaves has a U.S. District Court date of Feb. 15 in Los Angeles.

Passenger Ed Barrera witnessed Chaves' behavior on the flight and said he appeared to be drunk.

"There was a little bit of a scuffle," said Barrera. "When the flight attendant walked back up, he was bleeding from the nose."

Barrera said fellow passengers restrained Chaves after the altercation until the end of the flight. Chaves was reportedly calling out "I'm being held; I'm being kidnapped."

Passengers applauded once Chaves was removed from the plane. There is a possibility he will face more serious charges.

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