The Dallas Morning News
A man is in jail after a ruckus at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in which he swung at a police officer and allegedly shoved and punched an American Airlines customer service agent.
The incident took place Thursday at the airport’s Terminal B, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.
Jerome Toson Jr. was booked into Tarrant County Jail on eight charges, including assault of a peace officer and resisting arrest. Bail has been set at $32,500.
Toson had just arrived from Orlando and was asked to extinguish a cigarette he was smoking at a customer service counter, NBC5 reported. Instead, he dropped it into a cup of water, then reportedly poured the water on the employees’ computers.
“When I came up he was yelling at the agents,” John Huston of Grapevine told NBC5. “He was throwing water all over him.”
Officers ultimately responded to a call of a man shoving, punching and pulling the hair of an American Airlines customer service agent, and the situation escalated once they arrived, the news station said.
Video footage of the incident captured by a passenger showed the suspect swinging at an officer in front of shocked onlookers after another officer fired his stun gun at the man.
The man then wrestled officers and reportedly reached for one officer’s gun as several passengers joined efforts to subdue him.
Larry Lazar of St. Louis was among those who jumped in to help hold Toson down.
“I don’t know what anyone else would have done,” Lazar said. “I had to. Number one, the gun would have been aimed at me as well as the other people.”
Airport police declined to comment, but Lazar praised how officers handled the situation.
“I thought the agents did an amazing job,” he said.
Huston said of Toson: “I don’t think he was thinking clearly. He obviously made a very poor choice and I have a feeling he’s going to face some pretty dire consequences.”
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