Rogue pilot appeared in federal court on Wednesday | New

OXFORD, Mississippi (WTVA) — The man accused of stealing a plane and threatening to crash it into a Walmart store in Tupelo appeared in federal court on Wednesday.

Cory Patterson is facing federal charges of destroying an aircraft and threatening to destroy an aircraft.

His lawyer Tony Farese requested a psychological evaluation.

Patterson did not receive bond and the court did not set a date for his preliminary hearing.

In the meantime, he is in the custody of the US Marshals.

Federal prosecutors will seek to hold Patterson until the actual trial begins.

According to Tupelo police, Patterson stole a small plane from Tupelo Regional Airport on September 3 and threatened to crash into the Walmart store on West Main Street.






This is a photo of the stolen plane flying over Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo date: September 3, 2022.


He worked at the airport, according to police, and had access to the plane.

Patterson then landed the plane in a field in Tippah County where he was arrested.







Cory Patterson's Plane in Tippah County Field

This photo was taken after the plane landed in a field in Tippah County, Mississippi. Picture date: September 3, 2022. Credit: Tyler Graves.


Tupelo police charged him with robbery and threatening terrorism.

Open the link below to view the federal affidavit.

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