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Flight attendant attack by Phoenix airport may be hate crime

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Mar 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-28 15:43:40-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police are investigating an alleged assault of a flight attendant on an airport tram platform as a possible hate crime.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. Friday at the PHX Sky Train station that connects Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to a light rail stop and a long-term parking lot. According to the police, the flight attendant had just gotten off a flight and was heading to her car.

Investigators say 32-year-old Brandon Smith attacked the victim. She suffered minor injuries. They say Smith made a statement to her tat prompted a hate crimes investigation. Smith has been booked on assault charges.

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