The victim told FBI agents on Wednesday that she awoke in her window seat that morning to discover a fellow passenger, identified as 34-year-old Prabhu Ramamoorthy, shoving his fingers inside her trousers 'and vigorously moving them, ' according to a federal criminal complaint. When she woke up, she found her trousers and shirt unbuttoned with the man's hand inside her trousers.
She immediately told a flight attendant and Prabhu Ramamoorthy was taken into custody in Romulus, Mich. when the flight landed.
A 34-year-old Indian-origin man was arrested by federal authorities in MI after a woman co-passenger complained of being sexually assaulted by him after falling asleep on the flight. Ramamoorthy also indicated that he partially unzipped her trousers and inserted his finger, and may have unsuccessfully attempted to put his finger in her vagina. Ramamoorthy was arrested as soon as the flight landed.
Responding to the situation, the attendants offered the woman a different seat and kept her in the back of the plane.
The woman said her seatmate stopped touching her when she opened her eyes.
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His wife told officials a similar story, and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.
Ramamoorthy gave "conflicting reports", about what happened with the victim, Jawad said.
According to a written statement by Prabhu, he had taken a pill ("plain Tylenol") and fallen into deep sleep. However, the flight attendants denied the same.
Magistrate Judge Steven Whalen, who said it was a "very unusual case", ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial after Jawad successfully argued that he was a flight risk and a potential danger to others around him.
Ramamoorthy has worked as a project manager in Metro Detroit for more than two years, defense lawyer Richard O'Neill said.
A representative for Spirit Airlines has stated that the company is cooperating with authorities.