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Video: Off-Duty Cop Stops Hawaiian Airport Attack

April 05, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Off-Duty Cop Stops Hawaiian Airport Attack

An off-duty Pinole (Calif.) Police officer came to the aid of a TSA officer at the Honolulu airport, after a homeless woman with a history of mental illness began assaulting the woman.

TSA officer Deanna Rezentes was guarding the passenger exit at 1 p.m. on March 30, when Wailana Haiola, 43, allegedly knocked down a sign and then began attacking and punching Rezentes. 

Justin Rogers, an off-duty Pinole PD corporal leaped over a glass barrier and subdued the attacker. He was still wearing socks because he'd taken off his shoes in the screening line.

Tags: Airport Security, California, Off-Duty Incidents, Homeless, Mentally Ill Subjects


Comments (5)

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Bob@Az. @ 4/6/2013 9:22 AM

Good show Officer Rogers! Damn lucky there was a TRAINED LEO on hand. I do wish they would stop referring to TSA employees as officers. With little law enforcement training and obvious little ability to handle a homeless woman half her size I fail to see any reason to call her an officer. Real Officers are taught to control a situation, not rely on someone else to do it. Blues, Stay Safe.

DEADMAN @ 4/8/2013 6:29 PM

You're right,they shouldn't refer to them as officers.You'll notice,she is just standing there with her thumb up her keester and not helping,neither is any other TSA employee leaving that off-duty on his own,they probably wanted to charge him at first for fighting,disorderly or assaulting the nut case.
Good Job,Rogers,maybe his own department will acknowledge him for his efforts.

JJ @ 4/8/2013 7:53 PM

TSA guard behind the partition that did nothing while his coworker was assaulted...fail. Way to be a good witness.

Trigger @ 4/9/2013 4:32 AM

Officer Rogers, job well done. Thanks for keeping us safe.

Clark @ 4/9/2013 8:20 AM

The problem is bigger than you realize. Ask your armed ICE agent friends what the policy is for them concerning active shooters! At first it was "do not become involved, run hide". Due to backlash it is changed to "you may protect yourself or another LEO", THATS ALL. At least the TSA folks have the excuse they are not armed. But of course I agree, what is their purpose if not able to act in protection of the citizens they are supposed to be "protecting"?

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