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Man locks himself in airplane cockpit, charges filed

A man locked himself inside the cockpit of this American Eagle plane. Police have the plane surrounded. A man locked himself inside the cockpit of this American Eagle plane. Police have the plane surrounded.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Baton Rouge police officers surrounded a plane at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport after a man locked himself in the cockpit Wednesday afternoon.

The man was taken into custody after he was in the cockpit of the plane for about three hours. Airport officials have identified the man as Andrew Alessi.

Officials said Alessi was a ticketed passenger for American Eagle Flight 2795 to Dallas/Fort Worth. They say he pushed past a gate agent around 11:30 a.m. and ran down the jetway on to the plane.

They said when he got onto the empty plane he ignored the commands of an agent cleaning it and went into the cockpit, locking the door behind him.

Investigators reported Metro Airport police and the Baton Rouge Police Department tried to negotiate with the man, but he refused.

Power and oxygen were cut externally and the man surrendered to police just before 3 p.m.

The airport remained open during the ordeal.

East Baton Rouge deputies have booked Alexxi on a terrorizing charge. His bond has been set at $150,000. Alessi is also facing a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew. There is no word on if Alessi will stay in parish prison or be transferred to another facility while awaiting the federal charge.

BRPD, Metro Airport police and the FBI are investigating.

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