NY women who assaulted passenger and spat at another man during flight face jail for disorderly conduct
Kelly Pichardo, 30, and Leeza Rodriguez, 29, each assaulted a passenger during the flight and used racial slurs when a male passenger asked them to stop
THE BRONX, NEW YORK: Two New York women were arrested and charged for disorderly conduct after an altercation broke out aboard American Airlines from Dallas to Los Angeles which had to be diverted to Phoenix Airport in a disturbing video recorded by a fellow passenger.
Kelly Pichardo, 30, and Leeza Rodrigues, 29, from Bronx city were seated in the first class when they started intimidating a passenger and had a fall-out with the cabin crew onboard the flight. The grisly behavior caused the flight to be diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport where both the woman were removed from the plane and arrested.
According to the authorities, the woman each assaulted a passenger during the flight and used racial slurs when another male passenger intervened Kelly Pichardo allegedly spit at the man. The man who is not to be named removed his phone and started recording Leeza Rodrigues struck his hand to stop him from recording. When the cabin crew tried to stop the fight the two women got into a brawl with the flight attendants. When the FBI and the Phoenix police investigated the scene the two women were indicted for disorderly conduct, including verbally and physically assaulting other passengers and the flight crew members. The flight then continued to its destination in Los Angeles with no further delay or horrifying incidents after the two women were removed from the plane and arrested at the Phoenix Airport.
Kelly Pichardo will serve three years of supervised release following her prison sentence, said, Prosecutors. Kelly Pichardo has been ordered to pay nearly $9,200 restitution to American Airlines as a result of the altercation, according to the Prosecutors. The other passenger Leeza Rodrigues who was also involved in the incident has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in November. American Airlines then forwarded their gratitude of appreciation to the cabin crew and appalled them for handling the crucial situation with professionalism. American Airlines then remarked the two Bronx women Kelly Pichardo and Leeza Rodrigues's behavior was highly disturbing. "We thank our crew members for their professionalism in managing a difficult situation," said in a statement by American Airlines reported by Daily Mail. American Airlines called their alleged behavior "disturbing and unacceptable."