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Man accused of punching and choking flight attendant on DIA train

Police arrested Jeffrey Hiers early Thursday morning for assault against a Southwest flight attendant.

DENVER — A Thornton man is accused of punching and choking a flight attendant while on the concourse train inside the city’s airport on June 17. 

Court records obtained by 9Wants to Know say Jeffrey Hiers was in the concourse train with a Southwest flight attendant when he “just punched her in her jaw and then placed his hands around her neck and started to choke her.” 

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

Denver Police arrested Hiers around 1:20 a.m and booked him into the city’s jail. 

The court paperwork does not reveal what prompted the attack. A spokesperson for the Denver International Airport deferred comment to Denver Police, which deferred comment to the Denver District Attorney’s Office. 

The DA’s Office eventually confirmed Hiers is facing two misdemeanor counts for assault.

Hiers is currently facing a misdemeanor charge of assault and has been released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond. 

Attempts to reach Hiers for comment have been unsuccessful.

According to a background check, this is Hiers’ only arrest in Colorado.

Credit: DPD
Jeff Hiers

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