Latest: Officials: Suspect a dual citizen of Canada, Tunisia – Washington Post
A published report says the man accused of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, is a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia.
The Flint Journal, citing court officials, says Amor Ftouhi has lived in Montreal for the past 10 years with his wife and three children. Ftouhi also has family members living in Tunisia and Switzerland.
Court officials say Ftouhi works “on and off” as a truck driver. A federal judge determined that he is qualified for a federally-appointed attorney.
Ftouhi was arrested Wednesday morning at the airport. The FBI says he stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife.
A Montreal landlord says the Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport was a model tenant.
Luciano Piazza says Amor Ftouhi has lived in the building for six years and is married with children.
Piazza says “I never had any problems with him … I’m really surprised.”
Ftouhi appeared in federal court Wednesday, hours after the FBI alleges he stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville at the airport. Officials say he will stay in custody until a bond hearing next week.
A Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at the airport in Flint, Michigan, has appeared in federal court.
Amor Ftouhi heard the charge against him Wednesday and will get a court-appointed attorney. Court spokesman David Ashenfelter says Ftouhi will remain in custody until a bond hearing next Wednesday.
The FBI says Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Neville is in stable condition.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the stabbing is being investigated as an act of terrorism.
Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle says officers with their department are assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a search of an apartment in the city.
Boiselle says the FBI requested the search after a police officer was stabbed Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. A Canadian has been charged in the attack.
A number of police stood guard outside of the apartment building in the east end of Montreal. It’s located on Bélair St. in St-Michel borough.
U.S. officials have charged 49-year-old Amor Ftouhi of Quebec with committing violence at an airport. They allege Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
Canadian TV footage showed police escorting at least one person from the Montreal building where Ftouhi is believed to have lived.
U.S. and Canadian authorities say they are cooperating in the investigation of a Canadian man accused of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement he’s “proud of the swift response” by authorities from both nations. He said Wednesday morning’s attack on Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville is being investigated as an act of terrorism and added it will be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement his government condemns “this heinous and cowardly attack.” Goodale added there has been “complete cooperation” between Canadian and U.S. authorities.
U.S. officials have charged 49-year-old Amor Ftouhi of Quebec with committing violence at an international airport. They allege Ftouhi stabbed Neville in the neck with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
Neville is in satisfactory condition.
The FBI says a Canadian man charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan, made references during the attack to people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Special agent in charge David Gelios says authorities are investigating the attack by Amor Ftouhi as an act of terrorism. He says authorities have no indication at this time that Ftouhi was involved in a “wider plot,” but the investigation is in its early stages.
Gelios says Ftouhi, who is approximately 50 years old, legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to Bishop International Airport in Flint on Wednesday morning.
Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before emerging from a restroom, yelling “Allahu akbar” — the Arabic phrase for “God is great” — and attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade.
A Canadian man has been charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan.
Federal prosecutors announced the charge Wednesday against Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He’s charged with committing violence at an airport.
The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
The FBI says Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.” Neville was stabbed in the neck and is in stable condition.
A Michigan county commissioner says an airport police officer has undergone surgery after being stabbed in the neck.
Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young says he spoke with Lt. Jeff Neville’s family at a hospital after the Wednesday morning attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint.
Neville’s condition was upgraded from critical to stable.
Young retired from the Genesee County sheriff’s office in 1997 and says his “good friend” Neville did the same two years later.
He says Neville served in various capacities with the sheriff’s office including in the jail, on road patrol and as a court officer. He says Neville retired as a lieutenant.
A man has been arrested in the stabbing, which forced officials to evacuate the airport, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. The FBI is leading the investigation.