Calif. police officer saves TSA worker at HNL

Published On: Apr 09 2013 10:48:24 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 04 2013 04:00:20 PM HST

A police officer with the Pinole Police Department in California saved a Transportation Security Administration officer from an assault and helped to detain the suspect at the Honolulu International Airport.

The incident happened on March 30 at around 12:53 p.m.

Corporal Justin Rogers was waiting to enter the body scan machine at the airport when he heard a commotion.

Surveillance video showed a woman barging into the security checking area.  Rogers said he heard a commotion and saw a woman push over a sign in a nearby passageway for pilots and service staff.  The female security officer tried to stop the woman from entering the passageway.

The woman then started to attack the officer.  They got into a scuffle and the woman had the security officer in a headlock.

Click here to watch the surveillance video on your mobile device.  There is no sound on the video.

Rogers saw that no other security personnel were coming to help, so he vaulted over the security wall and brought the assault suspect to the floor.

Rogers had to quickly identify himself as a police officer.  An airport police officer handed Rogers a pair of handcuffs to secure the woman's hands.

The Pinole police officer gave a statement to the local authorities and was able to board his flight.  He was thanked by the Honolulu Police Department, airport security and by the TSA.

TSA released the following statement regarding the incident:

"TSA is grateful for the selfless and decisive actions of off-duty Pinole, Calif., Police Officer Justin Rogers for coming to the aid of a TSA officer who was assaulted by a member of the public. Officer Rogers witnessed the attack and immediately subdued the aggressor, preventing further injury to the TSA officer. His actions, coupled with the quick response by airport security, ensured that the integrity of the airport’s sterile area was maintained, minimizing disruptions to the traveling public. Mahalo, Officer Rogers! TSA joins the citizens of Pinole in saluting your heroic actions."

The TSA officer is currently recovering from her injuries.


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