Yukari Mihamae, 61-Year-Old Colorado Woman, Accused Of Groping TSA Agent In Arizona (UPDATE)

07/17/2011 11:04 am ET | Updated Sep 16, 2011

PHOENIX -- Authorities say a Colorado woman who allegedly groped a female Transportation Security Administration agent at Phoenix's international airport is facing a felony count of sexual abuse.

Phoenix police say 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae is accused of grabbing the left breast of the unidentified TSA agent Thursday afternoon at an airport checkpoint.


Frequent flyers all over the nation are rallying in support of Yukari Mihamae on Facebook. A Facebook Community page called, "Acquit Yukari Mihamae" has popped up over the weekend and it already has nearly 600 fans at the time of publication, but that number is growing steadily.

Many of the Facebook users offer their support for Miahamae, writing "Stay strong!,"I applaud this woman for standing-up...," "LOVE HER!" and "Behind you 100%."

Fans of the page also leave comments hoping that this swelling of public support for Miahamae might change TSA security practices which many consider to be too stringent.

Check out the "Acquit Yukari Mihamae" Facebook page here.


TSA staff say Mihamae refused to be go through passenger screening and became argumentative before she squeezed and twisted the agent's breast with both hands.

Police were called and say Mihamae admitted grabbing the TSA agent and continued to argue with officers before she was arrested.

Maricopa County jail officials say Mihamae was released from custody Friday. They couldn't immediately provide any information about her case status.

Phoenix TV station KSAZ says Mihamae lives in Longmont, Colo., and is self-employed.