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Pastor attacks wife in plane crash because she was upgraded to first class and he wasn’t

Pastor attacks wife in plane crash because she was upgraded to first class and he wasn’t

An elderly evangelical pastor allegedly assaulted his wife on a plane – all because she was upgraded to first class and he wasn’t.

Roger Allan Holmberg Sr., 75, faces federal charges in connection with the disturbing incident July 2 aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 275 from Seattle to Anchorage.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by The Independent, Holmberg allegedly verbally assaulted his wife Patti and even gave her the finger in front of horrified witnesses before things turned physical.

The couple, married for just 18 months after the death of Holmberg’s previous wife, were traveling to Alaska from their home in Virginia for a “ministry-related” meeting.

But their trip took an eventful turn when Holmberg discovered that Patti, 59, had been upgraded to first class.

Roger Allan Holmberg Sr. (pictured), 75, faces federal charges for allegedly assaulting his wife on July 2 aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 275 from Seattle to Anchorage.

Holmberg (right) allegedly verbally assaulted his wife Patti (left) and even gave her the finger in front of horrified witnesses before things turned physical.

An Alaska Airlines spokesperson confirmed that Holmberg “has been banned from our flights.”

Witnesses, including an off-duty police officer, reported three separate confrontations during the three-and-a-half-hour flight.

First, Holmberg rushed to first class and asked, “How the hell did you get that upgrade?”

“I’m a member of Gold Point,” Holmberg’s wife replied. “Don’t talk to me like that.”

He came back and told Patti to read something on her phone before “giving her the finger”

In the final incident, Holmberg allegedly “struck the top of the victim’s head with his hand.”

The couple (pictured), married for just 18 months after Holmberg’s previous wife died, were traveling to Alaska from their home in Virginia for a “ministry-related” meeting.

The pastor’s wife (right) later told authorities that this was not the first time she had been abused by him. Holmberg (left) was arrested upon arrival in Anchorage and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison.

The off-duty police officer intervened, threatening to handcuff Holmberg if he caused further disturbances.

The pastor’s wife later revealed to authorities that this was not the first time she had been abused by him.

Patti claimed that Holmberg had already broken his finger in a confrontation last September.

When questioned by the FBI, Holmberg tried to downplay the incident, insisting that he had simply “hit his wife on the head as he walked by to get her attention.”

He also claimed his wife was “disrespectful” and had “anger issues,” even accusing her of grabbing his genitals “so hard it hurt” in the past.

Holmberg was arrested upon arrival in Anchorage and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison.

An Alaska Airlines spokesperson also confirmed to the outlet that Holmberg “has been banned from our flights.”