Man who allegedly threatened to crash stolen plane at Mississippi Walmart to appear in court
Published Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 07:04
The man charged with stealing a plane and threatening to crash it into a Mississippi Walmart appeared in federal court on Wednesday.
WTVA in Tupelo reports that Cory Patterson, of Tupelo, appeared in federal court on Wednesday.
On Sept. 3, Patterson, who worked at the Tupelo Regional Airport, allegedly stole a Beechcraft King Air C90A plane from the airport, took off on the plane, then reportedly called 911 and threatened to crash the plane into a Tupelo Walmart.
Patterson then flew the plane erratically in circles over Tupelo and part of northern Mississippi, before finally landing in a field in Tippah County.
Patterson now faces federal charges of aircraft destruction and threats of aircraft destruction. During Wednesday’s proceedings, he did not receive a bail. The court has not set a date for a preliminary hearing.
Patterson’s attorney requested a psychological evaluation during the hearing.
Patterson remains in custody with the US Marshals Service.