Woman arrested in Q-C airport’s landing area

A woman was being held Friday in the Rock Island County Jail after Quad-City International Airport public safety officers arrested her for entering a restricted landing area.

Virginia Ann Garoutte, 57, no address available, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of criminal trespass to a restricted landing area. She made a first court appearance Thursday and was being held Friday in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Few details of the incident that occurred away from the airport terminal building were available Friday. Mike Swanson, the airport public safety manager, said the woman was not on the runway, but he declined further comment, referring calls to Bruce Carter, the airport’s director of aviation. Carter could not be reached for comment Friday.

Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, officers responded to the incident, but spokesman Jeff Hardacre referred comment to airport officials because public safety officers made the arrest.

TSA personnel will investigate the incident to see whether there was a weakness in the security perimeter that was exploited and how to correct it, he said.

Garoutte is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday with the mental health court. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 22.

Kurt Allemeier can be contacted at (563) 383-2360 or [email protected]

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