Arrest made at PIA

PEORIA, IL -- A Peoria man was arrested early this morning after breaching security briefly at Peoria International Airport.

Justin T. Deemie of Peoria is currently in custody and hospitalized at a Peoria hospital.

At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, Deemie unsuccessfully tried to ram a stolen vehicle into the front of PIA's main terminal. He then exited the vehicle and entered the building, forcing entry into a secured area, which alerted airport operations and the Peoria County Sheriff's Deputy on duty at the airport.

Deemie spent a total of seven minutes in the secured area before trying to break into a deputy's vehicle parked out front. He was apprehended by several Peoria County Sheriff's deputies in the airport's parking lot.

Peoria City Policy Bomb Squad and TSA officials closed the airport during a sweep of the premises and grounds and found nothing suspicious. The airport reopened at approximately 7 a.m.

Authorities believe this was an isolated incident.



  • For information, contact:
  • Gene Olson, Director of Airports
  • Phone: 309-697-8272
  • Email:

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