But we’ve learned what triggered the investigation that led to the Brazilian man’s arrest Tuesday.
Jaxport spokesperson Nancy Rubin says Aldenor Abrantes Filho was eventually arrested. He had only worked five shifts.
“The individual was driving a vehicle that just didn’t seem quite right to our very experienced security officer. It looked to have been configured to represent a police car”.
The Department of Homeland Security said Aldenor Abrantes Filho, 31, was arrested Tuesday for possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
Filho is accused of falsely obtaining a Florida drivers license, and listing Georgia as his place of birth when he got a job with U.S. Security Associates, a security contractor based in Jacksonville.
He is also accused of stealing two St. Johns County Sheriffs Deputy badges, and a .22 caliber pistol.
Rubin says Filho was arrested Tuesday morning at the port’s Blount Island terminal by Jacksonville police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
“I just want to point out the situation worked as it should, and the individual in question was on the premises on very few occasions” said Rubin.
However, Filho managed to fly under the radar since he was hired last month. Rubin didn’t say if JAXPort is planning to change their security measures, or, stop using the contractor who hired Filho.
According to the complaint filed by Customs and Border Protection, Filho entered the United States on a six-month visitor’s visa in 2003 and never left. A petition for more permanent immigrant status was denied in 2007, the complaint says.
Police say Keith Radley, 28, taught a firearms course at Eagle Eye Security. Nine students not only lost the money they paid for the course, but are no longer certified security guards, according to authorities.
Police say paperwork was submitted to New York State certifying their armed status and listing a certified firearms instructor as the person who taught the course.
Radley has been charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing, one count of scheme to defraud, and four counts of petit larceny.
The men were identified as Angelito Erasquin, a 63-year-old Hayward resident who worked as a security guard at the yard, and James Wightman, 53, a truck driver from Central Point, Ore., who often made pickups and deliveries at the facility.
Both were stabbed numerous times, said Hayward police Capt. Darryl McAllister, who would not elaborate Wednesday on a motive.
“We have some really strong leads, and my folks are working feverishly on the case and making good progress,” he said, adding that they
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“We are not prepared to say what other crimes may have occurred or what we think preceded this,” he said.
McAllister said reports alluding to robbery and theft have not been corroborated by the investigation.
Erasquin’s family told media members Tuesday that he was a grandfather of 11, three months shy of retirement, who loved his job as a security guard.
Wightman was described as a “jolly man, who looked like Santa Claus,” by co-workers and acquaintances in Medford, Ore.
He had five children and had worked driving trucks for more than 20 years.
“He was one of the sweetest men I ever met,” said William Aney, manager of the tow company where Wightman worked.
Aney said he and his staff learned what happened when they saw Wightman’s truck on the news, in the auction yard, one wheel off the ground and turning.
“You could read it, on the truck: ‘Wightman’s Transport,’ ” Aney said. “It was really sad.”
He said that while Wightman made the trip to the Hayward lot frequently, he was not scheduled to make a pickup or delivery Tuesday.
“He pulled in there to sleep,” Aney said. “He dealt with the auction lot all the time and knew he could go there to sleep.”
The Manheim car lot where the crimes occurred — formerly called Bay Cities Auto Auction — is located at 1901 Addison Way, near Industrial Parkway