Man screamed at Newark flight passenger, punched him several times

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting two passengers on a flight from New Jersey to Florida last week that was diverted to South Carolina due the fracas.

Authorities said United Flight 728 took off shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday from Newark Liberty International Airport bound for Miami, but John Yurkovich began acting erratically, screamed at another passenger and punched him several times.

Several passengers intervened and restrained Yurkovich, one sustaining a broken nose. Yurkovich is charged with assault and criminal acts on an aircraft as well as a drug charge.

A message was sent Sunday to the attorney representing him.

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