23 year old Joshua Suggs will make his first court appearance today. Suggs was on a Chicago to Sacramento flight when he caused a ruckus and tried to open a door on the plane. Three people subdued him until the plane landed at Epply Airfield.
Omaha attorney James Martin Davis is representing Suggs and says today’s hearing will determine if his client will be released or detained and that depends if he is a flight risk or a danger to the community. Davis says he will ask the judge to order a psychological evaluation before that decision is made.
Davis says Suggs suffered, “a panic attack that was either psychologically or pharmaceutically induced.” He says in Suggs’ mind the plane was “up and down” and the recent Malaysian Airline incident added to his insecurity.
Suggs is charged with interfering with a flight crew and if convicted he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Davis says the question now is whether his acts were intentional.