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Update: Man Who Pounded on Cockpit Door Identified, Also Had Calif. ID


"no clear or known ties to terrorism"

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal investigators say a man with a Yemeni passport who pounded on the cockpit door of an American Airlines flight as it approached San Francisco also had California identification.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Julie Sohn said Monday that 28-year-old Rageh Almurisi (rah-GAY al-moor-EE see) was from Vallejo, Calif., a city about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Federal investigators are probing his background.

Authorities say they have not established why Almurisi got up from his seat and went toward the cockpit door 10 minutes before the flight from Chicago was supposed to land at San Francisco International Airport.

San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Rodriguez says Almurisi has no clear or known ties to terrorism.

Rodriguez said a male flight attendant tackled Almurisi as he banged on the door. Other crew members and passengers, including a retired Secret Service agent and a retired San Mateo police officer, helped subdue him.

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