Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Man indicted for in-flight assault on United Airlines flight attendant

United Airlines Boeing 747A man who allegedly assaulted a United Airlines flight attendant in April has been indicted by a federal grand jury, and was to be arraigned today. The incident happened on April 23, 2008 on United Airlines Flight UAL862 while the aircraft, a Boeing 747-400, was en route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.

According to an FBI press release, dated May 22, 2008:

James Allen Cameron, 49, of Anaheim, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday [May 20] and he surrendered today [May 22]. Cameron allegedly had to be restrained in his seat by passengers and crew members during the flight.

A grand jury in Los Angeles returned an indictment on May 20th which charged Cameron with one count of Interference with a Flight Crew, a violation of Title 49, Section 46504, which carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison, and one count of assault, a violation of Title 49, Section 113 (a) (4), which carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison.

Cameron was afforded an initial appearance in U.S. District Court today [May 22] and posted $50,000 bond. An arraignment has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 27 th.

Under Title 49, as well as Title 18, of the U.S. Code, the FBI has primary jurisdiction for investigations into criminal acts or other violations of the federal code that occur on all aircraft arriving to the United States (foreign and domestic carriers), as well as U.S. carriers flying outbound from the United States.

This case was investigated by the FBI, U.S. Customs Border Protection and the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, and will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.
Although it was unclear what had provoked the alleged assault, several news articles about the incident reported that Mr. Cameron was intoxicated during the altercation and had to be "wrestled down" by a several crew members and passengers, after which he was duct-taped to his seat. He was arrested upon arrival at LAX.

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