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Asian American Arrested for Attacking Flight Attendant

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Authorities have arrested a young Asian American man for allegedly assaulting an American Airlines flight Attendant, NBC News reports.

Brian Hsu, 20, was on board an American Airlines flight from New York to California on October 27, CBS Los Angeles reports. Hsu was returning home from brain surgery to treat a brain injury he sustained when he was attacked last year.

Hsu got up to go to the bathroom and stretch. It was at this time, the flight attendant says she was struck in the head while talking to another flight attendant. She asked Hsu if he was alright and reminded him to obey the seat belt sign.

Documents say that Hsu then allegedly struck her in the head with his elbow and punched her with a closed fist, NBC News reports. He was eventually restrained with duct tape and plastic bonds.

The pilot diverted the flight to Denver, Colorado, where the flight attendant was treated at a hospital. She told officials doctors said she had a concussion.

Hsu made a brief court appearance in Santa Ana on Monday afternoon, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was released after his bond was set at $10,000.

The FBI claims that witnesses believe Hsu was acting strangely before and after the incident, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Hsu claims that the flight attendant became agitated and started swinging at him first, NBC News reports. He raised his hands to defend himself because he was worried about getting hit in the head while recovering from brain surgery.

He also denies punching the flight attendant. He says her nose ran into his open hand when she charged at him.

Hsu is expected in federal court in Denver on Nov. 15.

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