Spirit Airlines passenger awoke to find stranger's hands down her trousers

Spirit Airlines passenger awoke to find stranger's hands down her trousers

Spirit Airlines passenger awoke to find stranger's hands down her trousers

A passenger aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit was arrested upon landing at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for allegedly assaulting a female passenger while she slept.

A USA man has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse after a women reported him attempting to "digitally penetrate" her while she slept on-board a flight.

Detroit Free Press reported the woman passenger complained that she woke up to find her shirt and trousers unbuttoned with a hand in her trousers. He stopped after the victim woke up, and the woman went to the back of the plane to report the incident to a flight attendant, the criminal complaint said. reports the Washington Post.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 22-year-old victim was traveling Wednesday morning on a Spirit Airlines flight when she dozed off in her window seat.

Officials also said that he admitted to unzipping the woman's trousers and that he claimed that while he tried to put his finger in her genitals, he was unsuccessful.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy was taken into custody Wednesday after exiting the Spirit Airlines flight at Metro Airport. "When she completely woke up, the man halted", the grievance reports. The female traveler then noticed that both her shirt and trousers had been undone.

Responding to the situation, the attendants offered the woman a different seat and kept her in the back of the plane. Jill Leslie Price of the Federal Defender Office, who showed up with Ramamoorthy, said he was eager to have his nation of origin told of the charge.

Both Ramamoorthy and his wife gave lengthier statements later indicating that the pill Ramamoorthy had taken was "plain Tylenol". He rubbished the victim's claims, saying he had learnt from his wife that the woman was 'sleeping on his knees'.

The horrific incident happened while the victim was asleep against the plane window.

Prabhu's wife, meanwhile, told a similar sequence of events and said that they had called the flight attendants to change their seats as well. But the "flight attendants did not report that anyone asked them to change seats other than the victim", Jawad said.

"I have a hard time with some of these allegations but that's what a trial is for", O'Neill said. "There have been no allegations from anywhere that his behaviour has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident", O'Neill said.

Spirit spokesman Stephen Schuler said the airline is "fully cooperating with law enforcement".

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