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Detention hearing for man in Japan flight assault

Michael Tanouye Michael Tanouye

HONOLULU (AP) - A detention hearing is scheduled for a Hilo man charged with sexually assaulting a woman aboard a Japan Airlines flight.

Michael Tanouye is being held without bail at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center. He was arrested Oct. 11 after the flight had to return to Honolulu because of the assault in the airplane's bathroom.

A hearing on whether he can be released on bail is scheduled for Tuesday.

The FBI says the flight was en route to Kansai International Airport when Tanouye forced his way into a bathroom and sexually assaulted a woman. Flight attendants and passengers told the FBI that a passenger was injured while struggling with Tanouye.

At a hearing last week, a federal prosecutor alluded to additional charges and mental health issues.

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