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Johnathan Tafoya-Montano is accused of setting the fire in a bathroom before extinguishing it

March 03, 2016 10:30 AM

The FBI announced Wednesday it had arrested a man who allegedly set a fire in a lavatory on an American Airlines jet in February while working as a flight attendant.

Johnathan Tafoya-Montano reported a fire in a rear lavatory on a flight from Dallas to Detroit on Feb. 1, the FBI said. The captain notified the control tower at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and the aircraft made an emergency landing.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The FBI launched an investigation, and said Tafoya-Montano initially denied setting the fire himself but then later admitted to it. He has been charged with destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities and making false statements.

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According to the criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Tafoya-Montano allegedly lit paper towels on fire with a Bic lighter.

Tafoya-Montano was arrested Tuesday and released Wednesday on bond with conditions, one of which includes a prohibition from flying without permission of the court.

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