(TUPELO, MS) – A Mississippi man is facing federal charges after allegedly stealing a plane and threatening to crush him at a Walmart earlier this month.
Cory Patterson, 29, was arrested by local authorities on September 3 after the small plane landed in a field after hovering over Tupelo for several hours. Tupelo police had warned residents early that morning that the pilot of the plane was threatening to intentionally crash into a Walmart.
Patterson, an unlicensed pilot, allegedly flew the small plane from Tupelo Regional Airport, where he worked as an employee of Tupelo Aviation, police said.
He was charged on September 3 with grand larceny and terrorist threats by local authorities.
He was also charged Monday in federal court with destroying aircraft and threatening to destroy aircraft.
ABC News did not immediately receive a response from Patterson’s attorney to an email seeking comment on the federal charges.
According to the affidavit, Patterson had previously taken flight lessons and claimed to have watched YouTube videos to understand how to fly.
He allegedly called 911 on his cell phone and “threatened to crash the plane” into the Tupelo Walmart, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent.
When the 911 operator asked if it was intentional that he was about to crash the plane, Patterson reportedly replied, “Oh yes,” the affidavit states.
“When asked what his motive was, Patterson said, ‘I don’t want to live anymore and I want to cause chaos while I’m at it,'” the affidavit continues.
Patterson allegedly told the 911 operator “he didn’t want to hurt anyone else,” according to the affidavit.
Police said negotiators spoke to Patterson and were able to convince him to land the plane at Tupelo Regional Airport.
Patterson received “instructions” over the phone on how to land the plane from a commercial pilot, the affidavit states. Patterson was able to lower the landing gear and approached the airport but aborted the landing, he said.
He eventually crashed the plane – a Beechcraft King Air C-90 twin-engine plane – into a soybean field in Ripley, Mississippi, authorities said.
No one was injured and only the pilot was on board the plane, police said.
An instructor pilot who saw the plane after it landed deemed the plane a “total loss” and would likely be sold for parts, according to the affidavit.
Patterson appeared in Oxford Federal Court on Wednesday and was taken into custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing or a psychiatric evaluation, court records show.
His lawyer filed a motion for a psychological examination, according to court records.
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