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Millstone Township, New Jersey’s John Yurkovich accused of biting ear of United Airlines passenger

John Yurkovich (©Charleston International Airport Police)

John Yurkovich (©Charleston International Airport Police)

John Yurkovich, 45, of Millstone Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States was recently arrested. He was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

On March 17, 2021, Yurkovich was a passenger aboard a United Airlines flight that was traveling from Newark, Essex County, New Jersey to Miami, Florida, USA. During the flight, he was reportedly very agitated after returning from the bathroom and after going back to his seat, he allegedly hit three fellow passengers, whose names were not released.

Yurkovich was accused of biting the ear of of the male passenger seated next to him. The former allegedly screamed and thrashed before punching the latter in the face.

The punch broke the victim’s eyeglasses. While several passengers were trying to restrain the Millstone Township resident, he allegedly broke the nose of the second victim and hit the third victim in the head.

One of the passengers was a doctor, who helped sedate Yurkovich by administering Benadryl to the buttocks of the agitated man, ABC News 4 has learned. All of the victims declined hospital treatment and their injuries were not severe, according to the doctor onboard.


Because of the commotion, the flight was diverted to Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. When the plane landed there, Yurkovich’s shirt was over his face and his hands were being held behind his back with a belt and zip ties.

Authorities escorted Yurkovich off of the plane, which continued on its journey to Miami later that day. One of the officers found 1.5 grams of a white crystal substance in his pocket, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, Live 5 News reported.

Booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, Yurkovich is expected to face more charges from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to The Post and Courier. On March 18, 2021, a judge set a surety bond of $50,000 for him.

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