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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Canadian Man Arrested for Committing an Act of Violence at Bishop International Airport

A 49-year old man from Quebec, Canada, was arrested this morning on charges of committing an act of violence at an airport, announced Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch. Lemisch was joined in the announcement by David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Arrested was Amor M. Ftouhi. Mr. Ftouhi will be making an initial appearance in federal court in Flint today.

 

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Ftouhi walked up to the victim, who is a lieutenant with the Bishop Airport Authority and was in full uniform, and stabbed the police officer in the neck with a knife. As he did so, Ftouhi referenced killings in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and yelled “Allahu Akbar.”

 

The charges carry a statutory maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Any sentence would ultimately be imposed under the United States Sentence Guidelines according to the nature of the offense and the criminal background, if any, of the defendant.

 

A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

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Updated June 21, 2017