Off-duty cop takes down suspect at Honolulu airport

Published On: Apr 04 2013 11:19:00 PM HST

An off duty cop from California comes to the rescue.   

It happened at the airport when someone tried to enter a restricted area and it was all caught on tape.

This security video shows a Transportation Security Administration employee guarding a restricted area at the Honolulu International Airport last Saturday.

But around 12:53 p.m., a normal day became anything but that.

“The woman was smoking a cigarette.  Security said to put it out.  She became agitated and came across a TSA worker and started assaulting her," said Tori Schwartz, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Department of Public Safety.

Corporal Justin Rogers, an off-duty police officer from Pinole, Calif. jumped into action and body-slammed the 43-year old woman.

Rogers had taken off his shoes right before the incident to enter a body scan machine. 

He and his family had been vacationing in Hawaii and were waiting at a security checkpoint before boarding their flight home.

“We’re very proud of Rogers’ actions.  It’s nothing we wouldn’t expect.  He sees a problem and acts decisively and accordingly,” said Pinole Police Commander Pete Janke.

The Hawaii Sheriff's Department says the suspect was arrested for third degree assault but has not yet been charged. 

She was taken to Castle Medical Center for a mental evaluation.

The TSA says its employee who was assaulted is recovering from injuries.

Click here to watch Kenny Choi's report.


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