Private Officer International sponsors a Private Security Officer Memorial each year during the third week of September to recognize the private security officers killed in the line of duty, similar to the National Law Enforcement Week.
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This year, POI is holding a cross country Memorial Ride, a highly publicized event which will cross the country between September 8-22 2012 as we hold numerous press conferences and conduct some security training events, calling attention to the increased violence, assaults, injuries and deaths of private security personnel.
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CEDAR RAPIDS IA July 18 2012 – A Cedar Rapids man has been arrested after he allegedly impersonated a police officer and told a woman she needed to get in his vehicle.
Robin T. Helgeson, 59, was taken into custody Sunday morning. Police said the woman did not get in the vehicle and was not harmed.
According to police, Helgeson was driving a black sport-utility vehicle around 10:30 a.m. when he pulled up to a 25-year-old woman carrying her infant child who was crossing the street near Mount Vernon Road and 15th Street SE.
“He just pulled up and said he was a police officer and she had to get in the car with him,” Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said. “She did the smart thing and said no.”
The woman walked away, and flagged down a police officer who was about a half-block away. The officer caught up to Helgeson’s vehicle, but Helgeson allegedly turned on his hazard lights and would not immediately pull over. He eventually stopped in the 900 block of 19th Street SE and was arrested.
According to a criminal complaint, Helgeson had “had firefighter and police stickers in his truck as well as caution tape.”
Helgeson told officers it was “all a misunderstanding,” according to the police report. Hamblin said police had received at least two reports in previous weeks of the same impersonation activity and the same vehicle, but had not located the suspect.
Hamblin said any non-uniformed police officers are trained to immediately identify themselves as a police officer and show a badge. If there is uncertainty, police recommend asking to see identification, the officer’s name or identification number. If they do not have identification, police say to get to a safe location and call police immediately with as many details as possible.
“We don’t have these very often, but we want people to use this as a learning tool,” Hamblin said.
Helgeson had been released from jail by Monday afternoon, a jail spokeswoman said.
The bouncer was taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center following the early Sunday morning brawl at the 3501 Channahon Road tavern.
Two Joliet men were arrested in connection with the fight. Jaime Galvan, 29, of 706 Woodlawn Ave. and Marcellos Hayes, 23, of 514 N. Chicago St. were jailed on a charge each of aggravated battery.
There were numerous fights in the bar Saturday night into Sunday morning, Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton said.
At one point, Trafton said, a bouncer escorted Galvan out of the tavern. Once they got outside, Trafton said, the bouncer was jumped and beaten.
But the bouncer wasn’t the only one severely beaten that night. When the police arrived, Trafton said, they found Hayes unconscious inside the bar. He had been knocked out, the chief said, and his friends left him behind.
Georgetown County SC July 18 2012 The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who severely injured a female security guard at a business in the Yauhannah Community early Sunday.
She was hit on the left side of the head by a man who immediately fled the scene in a vehicle occupied by another man.
The victim was unresponsive when deputies and EMS arrived. She was first transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital where it was determined she was suffering from a brain bleed.
She was then transported to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Her condition is very serious at this time.
An employee of 701 Club said it was the first time the suspect had been in the club but it’s believed he lives in Horry County.
HAMILTON TWP NJ July 18 2012 – A Southern New Jersey man was arrested today for allegedly posing as a New Jersey state trooper on the Atlantic City Expressway.
New Jersey State Police arrested a man they say was impersonating an undercover state trooper on the Atlantic City Expressway last month.
But for many motorists just the thought of an imposter on New Jersey roads has them scared.
“I think it kind of brings fear to families and stuff because you don’t know if you’re pulled over late at night who’s at your window it’s scary,” expressed Ethan Compton.
“Just crazy to think that people would do that it’s kind of scary in itself,” said Geoff Bloes.
Alleged suspect, 53–year–old Kenneth DiLuigi of Sewell, Gloucester County, was arrested and charged early Monday morning for impersonating a police officer.
The arrest came after several witnesses reported to State Police that a green Ford Crown Victoria, commonly used by undercover officers, was forcing cars out of lanes and attempting to pull them over to the side of the road on June 20th.
DiLuigi’s car was also equipped with emergency lights, making it harder to distinguish from a real undercover vehicle.
“I would probably be a little hesitant to believe that it’s a cop until he actually showed me proof,” Bloes said.
“You’ll never know, I guess you kind of got to make that decision for yourself to see if the unmarked car is actually an undercover,” said Tommy McCandless.
State Police did issue a statement to remind motorists to take the following actions if they are suspicious of an unmarked vehicle pulling them over.
“Slow down and put on your flashing hazard lights to indicate that you acknowledge the officers presence and are not eluding them. Call 911. Give them your location and describe your concerns.
And if possible stop your vehicle in a well lit area with people around,” stated state trooper Christopher Kay.
Motorists are always encouraged to keep a look out for suspicious vehicles and report them immediately.
But for now many motorists are just happy that this alleged imposter is off the street.
“I think it’s wonderful they must of done a very good job and I want to thank them very much,” said Frank Nelson.
DiLuigi is now being held on 10 thousand dollars bail.
Police also impounded his emergency light–equipped Ford Crown Victoria, a model widely used as a police vehicle.
A bouncer at the bar was speaking to the victim when Alexander Lionetti, 23, approached and punched him in the right side of the head from behind, Barbagallo said. According to the bouncer, Lionetti hit the victim two more times before police arrived and he ran off, the sergeant said.
A friend of the suspect later told police the victim bumped into Lionetti’s girlfriend at another bar and the two got into a verbal argument that was broken up by bouncers, Barbagallo said. The friend also said the incident at Hudson Grille was nonphysical as well.
Lionetti was later found and identified in a parking lot on Spring Street by one of the responding officers and the bouncer from the Hudson Grille, Barbagallo said. The suspect was chased and caught by the officer on Summer Street, where a struggle ensued and the suspect’s head was slammed into a parked car before he was arrested, Barbagallo said.
No damage to the vehicle was listed in the police report, he said.
The fight victim refused medical attention, Barbagallo said.
Lionetti was charged with resisting arrest, third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace, police said.
Source:Stamford Daily Voice
LINDEN NJ July 18 2012 — The Homicide Task Force of the Union County Prosecutor’s office is investigating the suspicious death of a body found in a parked car in the parking lot of Sam’s Club, according to Linden Lt. James Sarnicki.
Sarnicki stated a call to Linden police was received at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Monday by a Sam’s Club security officer who said he received a complaint from a shopper about “a foul smelling odor from a car in the parking lot.”
Once on the scene, the police found a deceased male in the driver’s side of the car, which is believed to have out-of-state license plates, according to Sarnicki.
The identification of the person was not revealed, pending notification of next of kin.
Sarnicki said the body is being examined by the Union County medical examiner to determine the time and cause of death. The Homicide Task Force is also reviewing security footage from the parking lot to determine how long the vehicle may have been parked there, he added.
St. Louis, MO July 18 2012 – A local police officer is charged with burglary following an incident that occured over the weekend, a spokesman for the St. Louis Police Department said Monday.
The Circuit Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for first degree burglary against 29-year-old Andrew Perez.
Police say the charge is as a result of an incident that occurred around 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the 6200 block of Bowman.
Officer Perez has been with the department for 5.7 years. His assignment is with the North Patrol Special Operations Unit, and he also serves in the third and seventh districts.
Perez is currently suspended without pay.
An internal affairs investigation is ongoing.
QUINCY, Ill July 18 2012 – 97 percent of Quincy University’s incoming freshman have smart phones, and now students and staff at QU will be able to use them as an added layer of security.
QU is the first University in Illinois to adopt the “MyForce” campus security system.
It is an app that lets subscribers get help in an emergency with the touch of a button. The app can be downloaded onto any smart phone device.
MyForce allows students to send out a GPS tracking alert to the Quincy Police Department and Campus Security if they ever feel they’re in danger.
Quincy students say they feel safer on campus now that the app is in place.
“If you are walking from your car at night or across campus or even in your dorm room, if you are within at least one thousand feet of campus you can have that out,” said QU student, Denise Drebes.
Parents may also have a sense of relief when it comes time to send their kids off to college.
“I think every parent can be put at ease a little bit more knowing that this option is there and knowing that its so in-tune,” said QU residents director Mike Varrone.
One QU student tested the MyForce app on their phone and found it to be very successful as police arrived minutes after the activation.
Quincy University has an agreement with the MyForce company to receive a discounted monthly subscription instead of of paying $11.99 when they activate their phone app
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Rodriguez, his longtime friend, Gerardo Rodriguez, and Vanessa Moya, all made their initial federal court appearance in San Diego Monday. They are charged with conspiracy and smuggling.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bartick ordered them held without bond pending a hearing Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor White said the three should be detained because they might flee if let out.
Hector Rodriguez, 45, was arrested at the port while on duty Friday. A complaint detailing the charges said that since September 2010 through last week the trio made at least 37 crossings into the U.S. in vehicles loaded with undocumented immigrants.
One person who was smuggled and became a confidential informant said the fee for a “guaranteed crossing” was $10,000. Another informant smuggled at a later time paid $15,000. Neither was identified in the court records.
FBI Special Agent Terry Reed Jr. wrote in the complaint that the term “guaranteed crossing,” when used by smuggling organizations, indicates that a federal Customs and Border Protection employee is involved.
The same term was used in a smuggling organization that federal authorities allege was headed by former Border Patrol agents and brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal in 2005 and 2006.
Coincidentally, as Rodriguez was appearing in court on the first floor of the federal courthouse, the trial of the Villarreal brothers was ongoing just one floor above, with testimony from undocumented immigrants who had paid $12,000 for a “guaranteed crossing” into the U.S.
In Rodriguez’s case, authorities said he would tell Gerardo Rodriguez, 42, and Moya, 29, what lane he was scheduled to work in.
Then when vehicles driven by the pair would come through the lane, Hector Rodriguez would enter bogus information about the vehicles — including false names and birth dates for the driver — into the agency’s computers.
In one instance, in October, he entered the name “Barbara Walters” into the database when Moya crossed just after 7:30 p.m.
After crossing, Gerardo Rodriguez would drive the immigrants to a hotel, collect cash and release them.
On Friday, just after 1:30 a.m., agents arrested Moya and Gerardo Rodriguez, along with 14 undocumented immigrants they had smuggled, at the parking lot in an apartment complex where Hector Rodriguez lived. Prosecutor White said Gerardo Rodriguez had paid rent on the apartment with proceeds from the smuggling.
He also said that the border officer received gifts from Gerardo Rodriguez, including use of a 2008 Hummer and 2009 Jaguar. A search of Gerardo Rodriguez’s Chula Vista apartment yielded other luxury items such as Rolex watches, computers, and flat screen televisions.
Passengers found them in sandwiches on flights to Minneapolis and Atlanta police say. The flights were from Amsterdam to the United States. Two of the flights were traveling to Atlanta and the others were headed to Minneapolis and Seattle, a spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Delta told CNN.
After two needles were found by passengers, Delta ordered all 18 flights from Amsterdam to stop serving the sandwiches, CNN reports. Two more needles were discovered, including one needle that was found by a federal air marshal, the network said.
Delta said Monday that a passenger on the Minnesota flight was injured, but declined medical attention.
CNN is reporting that Gate Gourmet, the company that supplied the sandwiches to the airline, said the food was provided by its Amsterdam facility and that it is also investigating the incident.
District security workers Ricky Buggs and Bobby Jones were escorting an unruly student at Flint Northern High School last March when the student attacked Buggs and the two fall to the ground, said Tom Pabst, a Flint attorney representing Buggs and Jones.
The student “was flailing his arms … hits my guy in the eye,” Pabst said.
Pabst said district officials improperly filed in a report of the incident that Buggs punched the student and that the two security workers improperly handled the situation.
District spokesman Bob Campbell said Monday that the district would not speak publicly about the case, citing the district’s policy of not commenting on ongoing litigation.
The two were placed on leave for several months but returned to work after the school board declined a request to fire them, Pabst said.
Pabst said he estimates Jones missed out on about $6,000 in wages and Buggs lost about $3,000.
The student, who was 15 during the incident, is not named in the case because he is a minor.
Pabst said he is asking the jury to award a fair amount of money to his clients for their lost wages and damage to their reputation.
“They’re gonna award money damage, the only question is how much,” Pabst said.
They (the district) have put a black albatross on their personnel file,” he added.
It’s not very common for lawsuits to go to a jury trial — school districts especially prefer to avoid them, said Brad Banasik, legal counsel for the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Most school districts would prefer to have a suit settled out of court before reaching a trial, Banasik said.
“It’s less costly,” he added.
Also, a settlement means a more predictable and quicker outcome.
The trial, which started last week, is expected to conclude Tuesday in Genesee County Circuit Court.
DECATUR, AL July 18 2012 - One man is dead after a shooting at the 800 block of Woodall Road and Gordon Terry Parkway in Decatur.
Authorities said 52-year-old Stephen Dewayne Cameron shot and killed himself after wrecking his vehicle and exchanging gunfire with police on Monday.
Monday was his second run-in with police, and they said it ended with him shooting himself in the head.
On Sunday night, Cameron was arrested for nearly hitting a Decatur Police officer and a pedestrian with his car and having drugs on him. He was charged with reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Monday afternoon, a car with Cameron behind the wheel spun out of control and landed in a ditch.
In no time, a passer-by, an officer just getting off duty after escorting a funeral procession, and a tow truck driver stops to help.
“They approached the vehicle and that’s when Mr. Cameron pointed a gun at one of the wrecker drivers and they ran away shouting, ‘Gun! Gun!’” said Decatur Chief Ed Taylor.
The officer then approached Cameron and ordered him to drop his weapon.
“Mr. Cameron pointed the shotgun then at the officer, gunfire erupted. The officer fired at Cameron, and Cameron fired at the officer,” said Taylor.
After several shots fired, Cameron is wounded at least once, but police believe it was a non-life-threatening injury.
Police said he then sat back in the car, and that’s when he shot himself in the head.
Greg Hames rushed to scene after he heard his friend for the past 37
years was dead.
“I’m stunned,” said Hames. “I don’t really know the hows or whys, I don’t really have any explanation for it.”
Hames did say his friend just lost his stepfather and had been out of work for some time.
The body was sent off for an autopsy.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation took over the case, which is normal procedure when an officer discharges his weapon.
COVINGTON, TN July 18 2012
The West Tennessee teacher accused of having sex with students pleaded guilty to the crimes in court Thursday.
Cindy Clifton was a teacher at Crestview Middle School, when investigators said she performed sex acts on 10 students ranging in age from 14 to 17. She performed these acts in the classroom, and inside her home.
Cindy Clifton’s guilty plea included 15 counts of aggravated statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing alcohol to minors, and aggravated statutory rape by authority figure.
A total of 11 victims were identified during an investigation. Clifton was accused of having sex with 7 of those victims.The other four were given alcohol.
All of them were Clifton’s students at Crestview Middle School in Covington.
She will serve an 11 year sentence, consisting of three years in prison and 8 years probation.
“Regardless of innocence or guilt knowing you’re going to serve a lengthy sentence like this weighs heavy on you,” said Clifton’s attorney, Blake Ballin.
“Our overriding concern as prosecutors was to protect and shield the victims enduring what would have been a very public trial, being victimized all over again,” said D.A. Mike Dunavant.
Action News 5′s Justin Hanson spoke with Clifton’s husband Thursday, and he said the worst part of this ordeal is having to tell his daughters. But the best thing for him to do right now in public is to say nothing at all.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. July 18 2012 — A gunman who fired into a crowded bar and wounded nearly a dozen people turned himself in Tuesday, several hours after the rampage rattled the nearby University of Alabama campus, police said.
The man went to a business about 45 miles north of the shooting in Tuscaloosa and told employees he was the suspect, Police Chief Steve Anderson said. The workers called police and he was taken into custody.
A gunman opened fire at a bar in the hometown of the University of Alabama, wounding multiple people, police said Tuesday.
The police chief would not identify the man. Anderson said he still doesn’t know what the motive is, but authorities were investigating whether it involved a dispute between rival motorcycle gangs.
Police also said they believed the rampage was connected to an earlier shooting at a home a couple of miles away from the bar. One person was injured in that shooting.
“We feel certain that we will be able to connect the dots with this individual,” Anderson said.
The gunman stood outside of the Copper Top bar for a few moments around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and targeted someone inside before firing through a window, police said. Customers immediately ran or crawled away, and the gunman opened fire again with a military-style assault weapon.
Witnesses at the bar described a bloody and chaotic scene, with glass and debris flying around the nightclub.
Rachel Studdard was sitting on a patio with a group of friends, enjoying 50-cent draft beer when the shooting started.
“We heard firecracker sounds. All of a sudden somebody was like, ‘Is that gunfire?’” said Studdard, who recently graduated a two-year college and plans to attend the university in the fall. “They shot in one area and then they started shooting directly where we were.”
A bullet hit Studdard’s toe, and debris hit her in the side and in the leg. Her foot throbbed Tuesday, she said, and she was using crutches to walk. She still had dried blood on her leg.
The shots fired so quickly it sounded like automatic gunfire, she said.
“There were sparks coming off the ground and then I felt a sting and I knew I’d been hit,” she said.
The police chief said 11 people were hit by gunfire and 17 people were taking to the hospital. Most of the injured were hit by bullet fragments or debris, said Brad Fisher, a spokesman at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Two people were in intensive care, one in critical condition and the other in serious condition, Fisher said. Three people were in fair condition and the others were treated and released.
At least three of the injured were university students.
Outside the bar Tuesday, pools of blood were still visible and a trail of bloody footprints could be seen on the sidewalk for about two blocks leading away from the nightclub.
Elizabeth Walters was inside the Copper Top when the shooting started.
“It sounded like it would never end,” Walters said. “There was a lull and then it started up again.”
After the shooting ended, the music in the bar continued to play for several minutes until someone turned it off.
The gunman walked away, down the same street he walked up to get to the bar, Anderson said.
It appeared he shot through the glass of the front double French doors and a side door. The front doors were covered by a black material and two windows were missing from the wooden frames.
Surveillance video showed the man carrying a gun and walking along a sidewalk.
At the home of the earlier shooting, yellow police tape surrounded the single-level, brown ranch-style house. The front window was broken out and three police cars were parked outside. A motorcycle was parked in the garage.
NYC bus driver hailed as hero after catching 7-year-old girl who fell 3 stories from building www.privateofficer.com
“I just prayed that I’d catch her,” Stephen St. Bernard recalled after rescuing the child on Monday.
A seven-year-old autistic girl climbed out on to a window ledge of her Brooklyn apartment. Cell phone video captured the girl’s fall in the arms of people standing below.
“’Please let me catch her, please let me catch her.’ That’s all I could say,” he added.
St. Bernard said he was walking home from work when he observed a commotion outside the Coney Island housing complex. He saw the girl standing on the air conditioning unit, seemingly unafraid and moving about.
It wasn’t clear how she got there, but witnesses told the Daily News that she crawled out by pulling aside the unit’s accordion-like plastic partitions that keep the air conditioner secured in the window.
An amateur video shows St. Bernard yelling up to the girl, telling her to go back inside when she suddenly falls and he catches her in his arms.
“I picked her up and carried her. … She kept looking around. She never closed her eyes. She never lost consciousness,” he said.
The girl was taken to a Coney Island hospital with minor injuries. St. Bernard, a father of four, suffered a torn tendon in his shoulder.
Neighbors said the girl was a special needs child.
Police said no charges were filed against the parents.
TAMPA Fla July 18 2012
A King High School English teacher in the school’s International Baccalaureate program was arrested Monday, accused of having sex with one of his students after school, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jeffrey Halle, 32, of Plant City, had sex with a female student in a vacant classroom at King High during the spring semester, deputies said.
He was charged with sexual battery/familiar, traveling to meet a minor and certain prohibited use of computer service and devices. He was charged with sexual battery/familiar because he was in a position of authority and knew the girl, said Larry McKinnon, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
“Even if a child does consent to having sex with an adult, that doesn’t provide immunity for an adult to face criminal prosecution,” McKinnon said.
Sometime after the two had sex on campus, Halle and the girl agreed to meet again in July to have sex, the sheriff’s office said.
When Halle arrived at the girl’s home to pick her up, he was confronted by the girl’s father, the sheriff’s office said. Halle left, but the parents contacted the sheriff’s office.
Halle has been teaching at King High since the 2009-2010 school year. He was hired by the Hillsborough County School District in the 2006-2007 school year and previously taught at Freedom High and Plant City High.
There have been no other similar allegations against him in the past, said Linda Cobbe, a school district spokeswoman.
The school district sent Halle a letter on Monday notifying him he cannot return to King High. If he doesn’t resign, the school board will suspend him without pay at an upcoming meeting, Cobbe said.
St George Utah July 18 2012 AP An airline captain who entered a small Utah airport early this morning and damaged a SkyWest Airlines jetliner, a terminal building and some parked vehicles had been sought by authorities in the death of his girlfriend.
Brian Joseph Hedglin, 40, of Colorado Springs, Colo., fatally shot himself, a source at the airline told ABC News. SkyWest confirmed today that the suspect had been an employee of the company but was on administrative leave.
A Federal Aviation Agency database confirmed that Hedglin was certified to fly commercially as a captain.
Hedglin drove his motorcycle to St. George Municipal Airport, hopped a fence at 12:30 a.m. M.T. and then boarded the SkyWest aircraft, according to authorities.
The source told ABC News that after starting the engines of a 50-seat regional jetliner, Hedglin clipped the wing of another aircraft and crashed through a fence as he taxied the plane. It wasn’t clear whether the plane ever got off the ground.
Hedglin had been named a suspect in the slaying of 39-year-old girlfriend Christina Lopez Cornejo, according to ABC News affiliate KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs. The two were members of the Colorado National Guard.
Her body was found Friday at a home in Colorado Springs, Colo. KRDO-TV said that court records showed Hedglin faced charges after being arrested in a domestic disturbance involving Cornejo several months ago.
Federal, local and airport authorities continued to investigate the airport incident today.
“The FBI is on scene at St. George Airport, along with St. George PD and TSA. We are conducting a joint investigation. We are still gathering facts, but it is important to note there is no ongoing public safety issue and the scene is under the control of law enforcement,” the FBI in Salt Lake City said in a statement earlier today.
According to SkyWest, its CRJ200 sustained damage.
All commercial flights at the airport were canceled until further notice. Mark Mortensen, a city spokesman, told the Deseret News that the terminal and vehicles in the parking lot had sustained minor damage as well.
Mortensen also said that while the private portion of the airport was open, the rest of the airport remained closed indefinitely.
SkyWest is a regional airline based in St. George that operates flights for United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and Alaska Airlines with a fleet of 314 aircraft.
The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. Thursday at the store near Geary and Stockton streets.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, left the store with stolen hats and was confronted by an employee, according to police.
The teen pushed the employee, a 59-year-old woman, and then fled, but was subsequently taken into custody and was found to have a concealed handgun on him, police said.
The store employee was not injured in the incident.
STAUNTON, Va July 18 2012– Police are looking for a 17-year old male who allegedly beat a Walmart security agent with a baseball bat.
The young man was suspected of shoplifting from the store when the incident happened. A loss prevention officer at that Walmart was keeping an eye on the young man, who was at the store with his grandmother.
According to the reports, while the teen was in the sporting goods section, he grabbed a baseball bat and assaulted the officer. The 30-year old officer was hit on his left side, left elbow and right hand. The young man and his family quickly left the store after the attack.
Police say they know who the teen is, but as of right now, he is not in custody. The severity of the officer’s injuries is unknown, but if the injuries are deemed severe, the suspect could face charges of felonious assault.
Staunton Police said they have not seen a shoplifting case like this before.
“It’s just a very usual situation. It’s not one that we confront,” said Public Information Officer with Staunton Police Lisa Klein. “Obviously, we do deal with quite a few shoplifters, not just at Walmart, at stores all over the city. It’s a very serious problem everywhere, but this is unusual.”
Companies like Walmart have their own policies on how to handle these situations. They are trained to deal with shoplifting, but Staunton Police said that in threatening situations, they need to be called.
Charlotte NC July 18 2012 Police have arrested a man and charged him with robbing an employee at Presbyterian Hospital in a hospital parking garage.
It’s the third attack in less than three weeks.
Police identified the suspect as LeJarris Williams, 31.
Williams faces multiple charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.
Now robbery detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are working to see if Williams is responsible for two other robberies and attacks that happened on the Presbyterian Hospital campus in June.
According to hospital officials, the latest robbery happened around 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
They say an employee was held at gunpoint and robbed inside an elevator of the parking garage at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital, which is located along the 1900 block of Randolph Road.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers were called around 4:05 p.m. in reference to a robbery near the Orthopaedic Hospital.
Officers say the man ran towards Vail Avenue, where Presbyterian Hospital Security found him and tried to arrest him.
“Thankfully, the employee was not injured,” hospital officials told WBTV. “After taking the employee’s purse, the alleged suspect fled and was captured by Presbyterian Healthcare Public Safety Officers.”
As Presbyterian Security struggled with the suspect, later identified as LeJarris Williams, patrol officers with the Providence Division arrived on scene and took him into custody, police say.
Police plan to charge Williams with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest, in connection to this case.
According to police, a handgun and the victim’s purse were recovered at the scene of the arrest.
Hospital officials and police say they are investigating, but it is too early to tell if Williams is the same person who attacked two female employees three weeks ago – just across the street.
“Our priority is to ensure that our employees, patients and visitors are safe when they come to us for work or care,” hospital officials say. “We are grateful for our officers’ swift response and that they were able to detain the alleged suspect who has been taken to CMPD headquarters.”
In late June, two employees were attacked inside the hospital parking lot on the same day – sparking the hospital to offer a $10,000 reward for information.
The first attack happened around 1:50 a.m. on June 27th. The victim, a 26-year-old woman was stabbed during a robbery in the parking lot. The second woman, 27-years-old was attacked in the parking lot less than 20 hours later.
Kelli Hannum told WBTV that she was assaulted just after 6 p.m. inside the employee parking deck.
Hannum says she was overpowered by a man who approached her from behind and shoved her down some steps, but was not seriously hurt in the attack.
She told WBTV that she then fought him off.
“When I kicked him off me, he fell back into the wall, that gave me time to get up and just run,” said Hannum.
In the first attack, a female nurse was leaving work at Presbyterian Hospital when she was stabbed by an unknown person in the employee parking lot across from the hospital.
“She was halfway in her car about to be closing the door when this guy ran up the left side of her car with a knife in his hand preventing her from closing the door,” said officer Bob Fey of the CMPD.
Police say the woman began yelling and tried to fight off her attacker which got the attention of people nearby.
She was stabbed three times in the shoulder before the man ran off with the nurse’s purse and tote bag. Hospital officials told WBTV they believe the person’s intent was to rob the nurse.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have a rough description of the suspect and are still searching for him, WBTV has learned.
Police have not made any arrests in the cases.