Amor Ftouhi

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Charges Will Stand Against Man In Flint Airport Stabbing

He faces life in prison if convicted

June 22, 2018 - 3:47 pm

FLINT, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss a charge against a man who is accused of stabbing a police officer a year ago at a Flint's Bishop International Airport.

Along with a terrorism charge, Amor Ftouhi is charged with committing an act of violence and interfering with security at the airport, along I-75 near I-69 the morning of June 21. 

His lawyers argued that the two charges really are the same offense. But federal Judge Linda Parker said Thursday the government must prove different elements, and that it doesn't matter if two charges are related to a single act -- the stabbing of Lt. Jeff Neville.

The government alleges that Ftouhi, a duel citizen of Canada and Tunisia, entered the U.S. legally via New York five days before the attack. He then traveled to Michigan where authorities said he tried to buy a gun, but failed. Instead, the FBI said he purchased a 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade and made his way to thr Flint airport.

Ftouhi left his baggage in the restroom, then allegedly stabbed Lt. Neville in the neck while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for "God is great." As he stabbed Neville, the FBI says Ftouhi continued to exclaim "Allah" and referenced killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — adding something to the effect of "you are all going to die." He was taken down by police and arrested at the scene.

Neville was able to fight off his attacker and survive. No one else was hurt. 

After his arrest, Ftouhi allegedly told law enforcement that he was a “soldier of Allah” and subscribed to the ideology of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Ftouhi faces life in prison if convicted as charged. 

A trial is set for Oct. 1.

Ftouhi faces the potential of a life sentence in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.