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Passenger attacked on Delta flight; man charged

Posted April 14, 2010

— Police at Raleigh-Durham International Airport charged a Fayetteville man Tuesday with assaulting another airline passenger.

Howard Alexander Hargett, 37, of 6420 Brookshire St., was charged with simple assault.

Police said Hargett attacked a man aboard Delta Airlines Flight 3928 from Memphis, Tenn., at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim suffered minor injuries in the incident, according to a police report.

Police said Hargett and the man didn't know each other but that Hargett communicated anti-Arab sentiments. Police said Hargett also was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.


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  • svenhoek86 Apr 16, 2010

    I live in Fayetteville and know him, his brother is one of my best friends. Everyone calls him Alex. Listen, he isn't racist or a tea-partier or anything like that, dude is just a meth head. Seriously, that is all this is. He went to Las Vegas last week, and apparently had been up since his second day there. When the officers first questioned him, he said he had a flashback because the guy was middle-eastern. he is not a veteran. He was just so strung out on meth, he thought he flashed back to something that never even happened.

    Please, stop saying this guy is motivated politically or something. He is WAY to stupid to even begin contemplating issues that serious. This was nothing but drugs and stupidity, believe me.

  • im rick james Apr 15, 2010

    Good grief. Look at that guy. He's not all there. I hope they send him for a mental health eval.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Apr 15, 2010

    "You are right. It all started under Bush and he did nothing except start a no win war. The United States will loose" - wildcat

    yes, we will "loose" because the American public can't even spell properly

  • mpheels Apr 15, 2010

    Everyone profiles. We all judge those around us and adjust our interactions with others. These judgments are based on many factors - age, race, gender, clothing, physical features, behavior, posture, and a million other little things. It's part of human nature and essential to living in society. Problems arise when we make judgments based on one characteristic in a vacuum. In airports and other venues we need to profile, just not based on race/ethnicity/religion alone. We need to profile based on the total package - if we did, chances are this idiot might not have gotten on the plane.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 15, 2010

    We don't have to worry about terrorists, we have to worry about American born nutcases.

  • wildcat Apr 15, 2010

    how come no one has blamed George Bush yet?

    You are right. It all started under Bush and he did nothing except start a no win war. The United States will loose.

  • doghousebrewery Apr 15, 2010

    how come no one has blamed George Bush yet? He must have had something to do with this.

  • wildcat Apr 15, 2010

    Latino sitting quietly on an aisle seat, don't talk to me, don't smile at me and don't even look at me, I'm too blankety-blank busy helping the pilot fly the aircraft....

    Then sweetie, you should ride in a private car.

  • wildcat Apr 15, 2010

    They should do back-ground check on anyone that fly on a plane. Being safe.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Apr 14, 2010