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The Pilot and Crew Member in That Shocking Video Were in a Relationship

The Pilot and Crew Member in That Shocking Video Were in a Relationship
Jeff Edwards

New details have emerged about a video of a disturbing incident in the jetway at Denver International Airport (DEN). The security footage of a pilot and a cabin crew member violently assaulting each other, which resulted in both former employees losing their jobs and facing criminal charges, appears to be the result of an intimate relationship gone wrong.

Security footage, first obtained by Flyertalk, that appears to show a male Republic Airlines captain violently assaulting a female cabin crew member in a deserted jetway is just the beginning of the story according to police at Denver International Airport (DEN). Investigators say that the two airline workers were in an intimate relationship which had fallen apart moments before the shocking incident was caught on camera.

Republic Airways told Flyertalk this week that the troubling events occurred following a September 14th flight operated for United Airlines and that no passengers were present at the time of the violence between crew members. According to the airline, both of the participants were not only arrested but have since lost their jobs.

“We are aware of a situation that occurred last month involving two of our employees”, the company told FlyerTalk in a statement. “We investigated this matter and took appropriate action consistent with our belief that such behavior is unacceptable. These individuals are no longer employed at Republic.”

Investigators say the two former employees involved in the brutal exchange in the terminal were in the process of ending an intimate relationship. The two crew members identified by ABC News as William Thomas and Marisha Sporer, are each facing charges of disturbing the peace.

According to police reports, the pair had been in an intimate relationship since November of last year. Court filings indicate that the two agreed to end the relationship after the 29-year-old flight attendant “saw something she didn’t like on Thomas’ cellphone.” It appears, however, the parting-of-the-ways did not remain amicable.

“They both agreed to break up so Thomas went onto the plane and sat in the cockpit and Sporer went to the gate,” police affidavits reveal. “Sporer became angry and went onto the plane to confront Thomas. Sporer grabbed Thomas by the necktie and slapped him in the face with an open hand three times. Thomas retaliated by grabbing Sporer and striking her in the ribs with a closed fist.”

Although, to the untrained eye, the disturbing jetway footage appears to show the 36-year-old pilot spitting on and then brutalizing his one-time coworker and romantic partner, it would seem, according to police at least, that the surveillance cameras may not have captured the entirety of the shockingly violent exchange. The two are scheduled to again appear before a judge next week.

View Comments (7)


  1. drvannostren

    October 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Maybe no surprise, in the original story a commentator suggested this.

    The good news is, this was mutual lol.

    Bad news is, domestic violence in either direction shouldn’t happen.

    Ladies, don’t look through your man’s phone. Guys, don’t hit your ladies. Pretty simple. Respect people’s privacy and don’t physically abuse others.

  2. bagwell

    October 11, 2019 at 5:16 am

    still feel sorry for the girl, a man should never hit a woman.

  3. alexmyboy

    October 11, 2019 at 6:27 am

    drvannostren seriously, you put looking on a cell phone and punching a woman on the same level. you need help

  4. arcticflier

    October 11, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Rule #1: Don’t look at your partners phone.

    Rule #2: Don’t slap someone…especially when they are bigger than you.

    Rule #3: Don’t date co-workers, even when they are much younger than you. In this modern PC age, it never ends well.

  5. Disneymkvii

    October 11, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Ladies, don’t believe everything you see in movies. You’ll lose to a man in a fist fight every time. Just because Angelina Jolie can kick ass on the screen doesn’t mean you can too.

  6. gavron

    October 11, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Looking on a cellphone = invasion of privacy and violation of someone’s rights.
    Hitting someone = battery and violation of someone’s health and space.

    These are not “equal” and neither “justifies” the other. They are both wrong behaviors.
    The original poster said it quite well:
    “Ladies, don’t look through your man’s phone. Guys, don’t hit your ladies. Pretty simple. Respect people’s privacy and don’t physically abuse others.”

    As for not dating coworkers, how will I ever get ahead.


  7. mvoight

    October 15, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Gavron – She struck him in the cockpit and outside of the plane. Not that he should be punching her, but she struck him multiple times first

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