FLINT TWP. — Amor M. Ftouhi, a 49-year old man from Quebec, Canada, was indicted July 5 in Flint federal court on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport and interference with airport security, according to a press announcement by Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.
Lemisch was joined in the announcement by David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Ftouhi was arraigned in federal court in Flint.
According to court records, on June 21, Ftouhi walked up to the victim, Jeff Neville, who is a lieutenant with the Bishop Airport Authority and was in full uniform. Ftouhi 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,” an Arabic phrase roughly translated as God is the greatest.
The charges carry a statutory maximum penalty of up to life in prison. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.
According to Grand Jury charges referenced in court papers, Ftouhi was indicted on two counts: Violence at an International Airport and Interference with Airport Security.
This case has been assigned to Michigan Eastern District Judge Linda Parker, who will schedule future court dates for Ftouhi. – Rhonda Sanders