Off-duty Anibal Mercado turned into a real life hero Sunday; NYPD cop handcuffed an unruly JetBlue passenger
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Off-duty Anibal Mercado turned into a real life hero Sunday; NYPD cop handcuffed an unruly JetBlue passenger

Santo Domingo : Dominican Republic | Nov 28, 2011 at 4:24 AM PST
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Antonio Ynoa, a man found with marijuana and arrested twice last year; gets into a legal trouble yet again. The boozing JetBlue passenger was busted by Anibal Mercado, an off-duty NYPD cop for causing chaos during JetBlue Flight 832 to Kennedy Airport. Ynoa allegedly yelled profanities, drank prohibited duty-free alcohol and hit a flight attendant thrice, in the face. When things went out of control; Mercado did what he thought was appropriate; he handcuffed the enraged passenger.

According to the details, Mercado whom everyone who witnessed the incident is hailing as a mile-high real life hero, was on vacation and was among the passengers of said flight. He was on his way back home on Sunday from the Dominican Republic when the Bronx cop noticed there was little trouble some rows back. According to Mercado, Ynoa an unemployed man of 22 years of age began to pestering a young flight attendant. He demanded soda from the attendant that he wanted to mix with the duty-free rum he had with him.

Mercado said Ynoa was told by the attendant that it was prohibited to open a can or bottle of duty-free alcohol onboard thus he should better put it away. However, the passenger went berserk and got loud too much to disturb other passengers and eventually attacked one of the male flight attendants. At this point, Mercado continued to say, he realized that his help was needed thus he decided to take the unruly passenger down.

Ynoa even hit Mercado who nearly weighs 300 pounds, in the face while he tried to tackle him and ultimately the 18-year NYPD veteran was able to handcuff Ynoa using plastic handcuffs available with crew. Mercado said that everyone around seemed annoyed due to kind of belligerent behavior Ynoa showed that sent two women passengers scurry away from the row they shared with him. Despite attendants’ repeated requests, Ynoa kept on drinking and yelling more profanities, explained Mercado.

The FBI awaited Ynoa at the airport and the moment plane landed at the airport, he was arrested over assault and interfering charges involving a flight crew. It was expected that Ynoa be brought to a Brooklyn Federal Court Monday for arraignment.

NadeemIftekhar is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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