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Man tasered on American Airlines flight after allegedly fondling a female passenger

A video shows suspect Jacob A. Garcia struggling with police until officers are forced to use a taser on him.
Image: An American Airlines plane
An American Airlines plane takes off on March 28, 2018.Mike Blake / Reuters file

A man was tasered and arrested on Sunday night aboard an American Airlines plane in Miami after allegedly touching another passenger inappropriately, according to Miami-Dade police.

Before takeoff, the boyfriend of a woman on the plane contacted authorities to say that Jacob A. Garcia had began touching her, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Lazaro Llerena told NBC News.

The flight, which was bound for Chicago, was still at the gate when crew members began asking Garcia to deplane.

"American began the process of deplaning the entire aircraft. During that process, a physical altercation between the same two passengers took place. Once law enforcement was on the aircraft, the passenger then became combative with the officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department," American Airlines said in a statement.

In a video taken by another passenger, which has been verified by American Airlines, Garcia is seen being held back by three police officers while asking, "What is the reason you're removing me from this plane?"

Image: Jacob A Garcia
Jacob A Garcia was arrested after allegedly fondling another passenger on board an American Airlines flight at Miami International Airport. Police tried to remove him, but he fought back and was tased.Miami Dade Police

A voice from behind the camera say, "Well, you just assaulted a lady, for one."

One officer in the video struggles with Garcia, gripping him around the neck, in an attempt to control him while two other officers work on cuffing him.

It appears only one cuff is on Garcia's hand and he continues to struggle with the police, as one officer warns "don't fight me."

Garcia continues to resist as the officer who warned Garcia reaches for a taser on his belt. A voice behind the camera warns those in the area to back up.

The taser doesn't appear to affect Garcia — at first — who calls the officer "a baby" and tried to grab the device out of the officers hand. Eventually, the taser does appear effective and officers were able to take Garcia into custody.

Llerena said that during the struggle with officers, Garcia attempted to reach for one of the officer's gun but was unable to remove it from the holster.

American Airlines said in a statement that the flight, which had been scheduled to depart at 9:30 p.m. ET, took off at 10:34 p.m. ET "with all remaining passengers."

Garcia was later brought to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where he was charged with battery, depriving an officer of a firearm, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, officials said.

It was not immediately clear if Garcia has an attorney.