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Man who disrupted Ore. flight says he's bipolar

Taylor Higgins

Man who disrupted Ore. flight says he's bipolar

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED May 28, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators he has been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine.

Alexander Herrera's statement was included in a criminal complaint released Tuesday, just before the 23-year-old Arizona man made his first court appearance on a charge of attempted destruction of an aircraft.
The complaint states Herrera was polite at the start of the flight, but later made claims of being psychic and asked a woman seated next to him: "What would you do if I open the exit door?"
Passengers wrestled Herrera to the ground when he tried to open the door.
Herrera did not enter a plea. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing.
 
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Taylor Higgins works as an Assignment Desk Editor and Web Producer for KGUN9-TV. Before coming to KGUN, Taylor earned a Bachelors of Art degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona.