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Man arrested after unruly behavior on plane

Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport allegedly after raising a ruckus and frightening other passengers during a long flight from Minneapolis.

Several women passengers eventually were moved away from the passenger, and four men on their way to Kodiak for a hunting trip were seated around him to protect other passengers, FBI special agent Eric Gonzalez said.

Orielly Darius Victor, 26, was handcuffed soon after the Northwest flight taxied to the gate after landing Monday.

Victor was charged with assault and was being held at the Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility pending a federal court appearance.

Victor apparently pushed several passengers, said Gonzalez, and kept everyone on edge.

''From the time the plane left Minneapolis, this guy was a problem, playing bongos on the plane, screaming at people, getting to within inches of their faces,'' Gonzalez told the Anchorage Daily News.

''He was constantly going to the bathroom, and if it was occupied, he'd pound on the doors.''

Mary King, a 66-year-old retired court clerk from Anchorage, sat four rows behind Victor in the rear of the plane, she said Monday evening.

''It was awful. It was six hours of just terrible, terrible, obnoxious things,'' King said. ''Everybody was petrified. We didn't know what he was going to do next.''

The man sang and played drums, ran up and down the aisle, and ''screamed and meowed,'' King said.

Flight attendants asked Victor to quiet down and fasten his seat belt, but he ignored them, she said.

In the Lower 48, the pilot probably would have diverted the flight to land elsewhere, but not while flying over Canada, Gonzalez said.

''There was nothing the pilot could do. He's over some pretty rugged terrain.''

After about four hours, flight attendants shuffled passengers, King said.

''... They got the ladies sitting around him out and put them in the front of the plane,'' she said. ''All these big guys sat down. It was wonderful.''

When the plane landed, officers went aboard and arrested him, she said.

''He kept saying, 'What did I do? What did I do?' ''King said. ''He said, 'You're taking away my rights.' ''



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