An off-duty Pinole police officer’s recent Hawaiian vacation ended with an early return to duty after he saw a woman attacking a security guard at Honolulu International Airport. Police Cpl. Justin Rogers and his family were standing in line at an airport security checkpoint to board their plane home last Saturday afternoon when he heard a commotion, police said. Rogers then saw a woman push over a sign in a nearby passageway and attack a female airport security officer who attempted to stop her.
Police said people in the airport saw the altercation and began screaming. Seeing that no other security officers were around to help, Rogers jumped over a security half-wall, ran up behind the woman attacking the security officer and brought her to the floor. As he kept the woman immobilized, Rogers quickly identified himself as a police officer to airport security staff arriving on the scene. An airport police officer handed Rogers a pair of handcuffs, which he used to secure the woman.
The Pinole officer gave local police a statement on the incident and was able to board his flight, police said. Local police, airport security and the Transportation Security Administration thanked Rogers for his assistance. The corporal is back on the job this week in Pinole.
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