Vic­tim of Michi­gan air­port at­tack speaks

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

FLINT, Mich. — A po­lice of­fi­cer who was stabbed at a Michi­gan air­port in an al­leged act of ter­ror­ism told ju­rors Fri­day that he fought the urge to lie down as he bled from the neck.

Lt. Jeff Neville said that he was at­tacked in June 2017 with a “Rambo knife,” com­par­ing its large size to the knife used by Sylvester Stal­lone’s John Rambo char­ac­ter in the 1982 movie “First Blood.” He said he fell to his hands and knees at Flint’s Bishop Air­port.

Amor Ftouhi, a Tu­nisian who was liv­ing in Mon­treal, is charged with ter­ror­ism and other crimes. He legally drove into the U.S. at Cham­plain, New York, and ar­rived in Flint five days later. The govern­ment said his plan was to stab Neville, get the cop’s gun and shoot oth­ers.

Air­port po­lice Chief Chris Miller said he jumped on Ftouhi and tried to hand­cuff him.

“He said, ‘Al­lahu Ak­bar. You have killed peo­ple in Afghanistan, and you have killed peo­ple in Iraq,”’ Miller tes­ti­fied. “That’s not some­thing that you nor­mally hear every day. It’s dis­tinc­tive in my mind. We were fight­ing. There was a lot of blood.” Neville no longer works at the air­port. “It’s some­thing that you never for­get be­cause you can’t feel half of your face,” Neville said. “Even sleep­ing is dif­fer­ent.” mur­der of a gay Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia stu­dent in a hate crime.

Sa­muel Wood­ward, a 21-year-old from New­port Beach, Calif., is charged in the Jan­uary stab­bing death of 19-year-old col­lege sopho­more Blaze Bern­stein, who was home vis­it­ing his fam­ily on win­ter break.

Bern­stein, who was gay and Jewish, went miss­ing af­ter he went out with Wood­ward to a park in Lake For­est, Calif. His body was found days later buried at the park in a shal­low grave.

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, Wood­ward picked up Bern­stein from his par­ents’ home and stabbed him nearly 20 times in the face and neck. DNA ev­i­dence links Wood­ward to the crime and his cell­phone con­tained troves of anti-gay, anti-Semitic and hate group ma­te­ri­als, pros­e­cu­tors have said.

If con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der and the hate crime al­le­ga­tion, he faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison with­out pa­role.

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