Jonathan and Luis Baez were on a plane that was scheduled to go from Miami, FL to San Francisco, CA. When the flight attendants were “taxiing on the runway and a flight attendant noticed that 27-year-old Jonathan Baez was asleep and not wearing a seat belt. The attendant attempted to wake him up, but he was unresponsive and appeared to be intoxicated or medicated.”
As Jonathan barely complied with the pilot of the plane, who told him he needed to get off, the brother Luis decided that he wanted to intervene. He decided to threaten the pilot, “When you fly to San Juan, I will have you killed.” Both “brothers are from Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.”
The pilot stayed behind as both men were escorted off the plane, but Jonathan returned, striking the pilot in the face with his fist. Another flight attendant tried to intervene, but was hit in the shoulder. Then, both men began beating the pilot with their fists, striking his chest and chasing him into the terminal where they continued to assault him.
The men were eventually detained by flight crew members and some passengers on the flight.
The poor pilot had bruising on his face along with multiple lacerations. He was replaced on this flight, which ended up taking off 2 hours after the scheduled flight time.
Jonathan Baez was held Thursday on $9,000 bond on charges of battery and aggravated battery. Luis Baez was held on $12,500 bond on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.