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3 women attacked Delta employee at JFK, beat him with their own radio, prosecutors say |  KTAB


The three women are accused of assaulting Delta’s security guard after they were told they would not be allowed on a flight. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

New York, NY (WPIX) – Three women allegedly beat up a Delta security guard at John F. Kennedy International Airport before a scheduled flight to Puerto Rico, officials said Thursday.

Jordan Nixon, 21; Janessa Torres, 21, and Johara Zavala, 44, were arrested Thursday morning in connection with the September 22 incident. The three are accused of beating the security guard with his own radio, knocking him down and repeatedly punching and kicking him in the face and body while he was at land, U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said.

“The extreme and aggressive behavior associated with our air travel is out of control,” Peace said in a press release. “This office has zero tolerance for violent behavior that threatens the safety of passengers and airline employees and will prosecute defendants who engage in such behavior to the fullest extent permitted by law.”

Nixon, Torres and Zavala refused to leave a jetway at JFK after being told they couldn’t board a flight, allegedly because one woman appeared visibly disoriented and another refused to wear her mask properly, according to court documents.

The women also allegedly assaulted another employee who was trying to help the security guard. Both workers required hospital treatment for their injuries.

All three women now face possible federal charges. If convicted, the defendants could serve up to 10 years in prison, according to the press release.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said airline workers need to be safe.

“The defendants allegedly attacked two airline employees, who were simply doing their job,” Katz said. “Friendly skies must not turn into chaos and turmoil as some passengers refuse to play by the rules.”


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