A man from Thornton is accused of allegedly punching and choking a flight attendant at Denver International Airport (DIA) last week.

According to court records obtained by 9News, Jeffrey Hiers of Thornton was riding in the concourse train at DIA with a Southwest flight attendant on Thursday, June 17 when he “just punched her in her jaw and then placed his hands around her neck and started to choke her.”

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A probable cause statement indicated that “other passengers intervened and removed the defendant’s grasp from the victim and had him wait for the police to arrive.”

Denver Police arrived on scene and arrested Hiers around 1:20 a.m, then booked him into the city’s jail. Jeffrey Hiers is now facing two misdemeanor charges for assault; he was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.

Court paperwork from the June 17 incident does not reveal what prompted the attack, as per reports from 9News. In addition, a spokesperson for the Denver International Airport deferred comment to Denver Police, which then deferred comment to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

However, 9News said the DA’s Office eventually confirmed Hiers is facing two misdemeanor counts.

A background check on Jefffrey Hiers determined that this is his only arrest in the state of Colorado.

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