A Texas man was arrested after a passenger accused him of sexual abuse.
(Nashville Police Department / Reuters)
A Texas man was arrested and accused of sexual battery after a passenger accused him of inappropriately touching her on a Southwest flight from Houston, Texas to Nashville, Tenn., Sunday night, police confirmed.
The victim reportedly told Nashville Police officers that they had a short conversation with the man, who, as Alfredo Vela IV, 30, before they fell asleep during the two hour flight. The arrest affidavit said the woman did not know Vela IV previously, WSMV reported.
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According to the affidavit, the woman said she woke up in the Vela rubbed her back. She said that he went on to rub her inner thighs, against her chest, and tried his hand under her t-shirt.
The woman said that she was frozen in fear during the incident, but warned the crew soon after.
Vela was arrested when the flight arrived in Nashville around 9:15 pm
According to the police, Vela said he scratched the woman’s back, WSMV reports.
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He did not speak with the agents after he was arrested.
Vela was booked in the Davidson County Jail Sunday night. He was released on $5,000 bond Monday morning.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 19.
Southwest Airlines told Fox News in a statement that they’re cooperating with the police.
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“We take the protection of our customers very seriously, and the safety is in the forefront of everything we do at Southwest Airlines. As part of this philosophy, the Southwest Crews are trained to provide a wide range of sensitive issues of customers, and we have zero tolerance for any form of violence on board the aircraft.
“If our people are aware of a harmful situation, or witnessed it first-hand or reported by someone else – our flight Attendants are trained to notify the Pilots, who will ask you to have law enforcement meet the plane upon landing. Then, to the south West works together with the enforcement of the law insofar as to protect our customers and crews,” the statement read.
Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.