Woman Was Assaulted On Vegas Flight

Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Woman on Spirit Airlines Flight to Detroit

A passenger is accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman as she slept on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 22-year-old victim was traveling Wednesday morning on a Spirit Airlines flight when she dozed off in her window seat.

According to a federal complaint obtained by the Press, the woman claims she woke up as Ramamoorthy was putting his "fingers in her (genitals) and vigorously moving them", and that he stopped once she was awake. According to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, a union for flight attendants, one out of five flight attendants surveyed from a group of 2,000 previous year said they had received a report of a passenger being sexually assaulted.

Two flight attendants told federal investigators that the victim was crying and that her shirt was untied and that her trousers were unbuttoned when she had reported the alleged attack at about 5:30 a.m., 40 minutes before the plane's landing, Jawad said.

The woman said she was sitting in a window seat next to Ramamoorthy, whose wife was in the aisle seat.




U.S. Executive Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen said the allegations were "odd", and counterintuitive, considering Ramamoorthy's wife was in the next seat during the incident.

Ramamoorthy was arrested at Detroit's Metro Airport. He also alleged that the woman had fallen asleep on his knee, and he was unaware of where he had placed his hands.

His wife told officials a similar story, and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats. They assigned her a different seat at the back of the plane. They also noticed her trousers were unbuttoned. Jill Leslie Price of the Federal Defender Office, who showed up with Ramamoorthy, said he was eager to have his nation of origin told of the charge.

Both Ramamoorthy and his wife gave lengthier statements later indicating that the pill Ramamoorthy had taken was "plain Tylenol".

Spirit spokesman Stephen Schuler said the airline is "fully cooperating with law enforcement".

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