Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada, was charged in federal court with violence at an global airport for stabbing officer Jeff Neville at the Bishop worldwide Airport in Flint on June 21.
Looking around the packed courtroom and repeating "Allahu Akbar" twice, Amor M. Ftouhi, the man accused of stabbing a cop in the neck at Flint Bishop Airport appeared in federal court Wednesday for a detention hearing.
Ftouhi's attorney, Joan Morgan, said her client was not seeking bond because of an immigration hold that would bar Ftouhi from leaving jail.
Ftouhi is charged with committing an act of violence in an global airport, an offense that carries up to 20 years in prison.
Ftouhi was escorted to and from court by U.S. Marshals.
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Fthoui, a married father of three who worked on and off as a truck driver, was wearing a mask today, just as he had during his initial appearance in federal court last week.
The hearing was quick, maybe lasting about 15 minutes. The stabbing occurred five days after Ftouhi legally entered the U.S.at Champlain, New York.
The FBI says Ftouhi bought a knife during his five days in the US but was unsuccessful when he tried to buy a gun.
"If this matter is taken before the grand jury before then, then this date will be for an indictment rather than preliminary exam", Dawkins noted.