A security guard has been charged with impersonating a police officer. City Police say 28-year-old Vasco Degaman Wright is accused of pulling up next to a man in the Barracks Road Shopping Center and threatening to arrest him.
BRIDGETON NJ May 16 2013 — Police were called at 9:30 a.m. on May 6 to Bridgeton High School for an incident.
At that time, education enforcement officer Leo Marquez told them he was assaulted by both a juvenile and a school security staff member.
Marquez told them he was in the area of the school gym when he saw the juvenile with other juveniles.
He said the juvenile assaulted him and he defended himself. He added that the security guard, Alexis Rodriquez, also assaulted him and he arrested him.
The altercation was broken up and the juvenile was arrested and taken to the nurse’s office and later to Inspira Health Center, in Bridgeton, where he was treated.
The extent of his injuries is not in the report, although a cousin said he received five stitches.
The police report stated he suffered some physical injury to his face.
The police report said Rodriquez was placed under arrest for assaulting Marquez while apparently trying stop further altercation.
Marquez faces no charges at this time.
Both the juvenile and Rodriquez were released on summonses, one to juvenile court and the other to municipal court.
At Tuesday night’s board of education meeting, Marquez asked to speak before the board in open session.
Marquez admitted he had been suspended and cited his nine-year record as a security officer, saying he “had only a couple of blemishes.
“I had an altercation with a student on May 6 here in the school and I have been suspended,’’ he said.
“I have been an officer here for the past nine years.
“I was aggravated by two different people.
“I don’t know what my current status is, and I don’t know if I’m going to get reinstated and want to make sure everything is clear.
“Maybe I should have handled the incident differently, but when you’re a police officer, you respond right away.
“I think I should be OK.’’
Board President Angie Edwards told him the entire board had not been apprised of the incident, so it would not be discussed at the meeting.
In response to a question, Edwards asked a reporter before the meeting if he had seen a videotape of the incident.
She indicated she had.
When contacted by the South Jersey Times after the incident, Director of Security Bob Stevens said it was a personnel matter and would be handled in-house.
He gave no further information.
A phone call to Stevens Wednesday morning asking if Marquez was suspended with pay was not immediately returned.
FLORENCE, S.C.May 5 2013 — Two security guards have been arrested following an April 21 assault at a Florence night club.
Christopher Mack, 40, of 1302 Waverly Ave., Florence, is charged with one count of third-degree assault and battery by mob and one count of common law robbery.
Rickardo S. Sinkler, 40, of 1032 Hudderfield Drive in Sumter, is charged with one count of assault and battery by mob, one count of second-degree assault and battery and one count of common law robbery.
Investigators allege Mack and Sinkler, both security guards at Club Nirvana at 2729 E. Palmetto St., assaulted a victim, necessitating medical treatment at a local hospital. The assault was captured on videotape, which was posted on the Internet.
In addition to the assault on the victim, the victim’s wallet with an unknown amount of money was also taken.
Sinkler was released from the Florence County Detention Center on a $25,000 surety bond. Bond for Mack was set at $5,000 surety, but he remains at the
Florence County Detention Center on a family court bench warrant.
Longmont United Hospital security guard fired, arrested after incident with screaming patient www.privateofficer.com
LONGMONT CO April 30 2013 — A contract security guard at Longmont United Hospital was fired and arrested last week after he lost his temper with a screaming mental health patient, according to police.
Police reported that Brian Burcar cursed at the screaming patient, picked up a pillow and placed it on her face for “just a brief second.”
A social worker saw the incident and reported it. Security footage from the hospital showed that Burcar was in patient’s room for about one minute, according to police reports.
Burcar was arrested at the Longmont Police Department on suspicion of misdemeanor harassment and misdemeanor menacing.
Longmont United Hospital spokeswoman Karen Logan said hospital staff quickly intervened.
“The security officer will not be working at Longmont United Hospital again. He was suspended immediately,” Logan said. “We did speak to the head security officer and he is not to return to Longmont United Hospital.”
Burcar did not return a message on Monday.
Police were called to the hospital just after midnight Friday. Officers interviewed a social worker who said she heard the guard yelling obscenities at a woman who was in the mental health area and was screaming.
She went into the woman’s room, she told police, and saw the guard standing over the patient near the head of the bed with a pillow in his hand. She recalled he said, “If you want to f—ing scream, f—king scream into this.”
The social worker told officers she saw Burcar place the pillow over the woman’s face with one of his hands placed on either side of her head.
The woman told police he did not appear to apply much pressure, held it down for a “brief second” and got a look on his face that implied he knew he shouldn’t have done it. He left the room when she told him to do so.
Burcar told his supervisor and police that he took the pillow from under the woman’s head and threw it at her, but did not put it over her face.
Burcar’s supervisor told officers he suspended Burcar and sent him home after the incident.
Burcar spoke with police later in the evening and said the woman was abusive to staff throughout the evening and would not be quiet. He said he took the pillow from her bed and dropped it on her face while telling her to scream into the pillow if she insisted on screaming. He denied that he held the pillow over her face.
He was booked on the misdemeanor charges and immediately released, police reported.
COLUMBIA MO April 29 2013 – Columbia Police confirmed Friday afternoon that Department of Homeland Security officials arrested a TSA employee in the Columbia Regional Airport parking lot around 7 a.m. Thursday.
Columbia police identified the employee as 32-year-old Eric Richard Dunlap of Jefferson City, Dunlap is suspected of felony stealing.
Columbia Police Sergeant Joe Bernhard said the arrest took place after what he called a Department of Homeland Security honesty check. As part of the honesty check, a DHS official posed as a traveler gave Dunlap a bag with $500 inside, claiming he found it at the airport.
Bernhard said officials then saw Dunlap leave the airport Thursday morning with the bag and arrested him.
Columbia Public Works Public Information Specialist Steven Sapp said the arrest came after reports from passengers at Columbia Regional had notified TSA and Department of Homeland Security officials that they believed items were missing from their bags. Officials then identified Dunlap, the employee suspected of removing the items from their bags, after reviewing video surveillance footage.
Dunlap was brought to Boone County Jail after his arrest on a $4,500 bond for felony stealing.
Dunlap posted that bond and is out of jail.
As of Friday afternoon, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office had not filed any charges in the case.
Bernhard said Dunlap has worked for the TSA for several years.
Troy MI April 24 2013 An Oakland Mall security officer is expected to be arraigned today or Wednesday on charges he was breaking into stores he was paid to protect.
Troy Police Sgt. Andy Breidenich said the suspect was arrested on Monday after the latest break-in was reported at the mall at 14 Mile and I-75. Another breaking-and-entering theft was reported last week, along with others during the past month.
“We’re investigating a bunch of B-and-Es at Oakland Mall,” Breidenich said today. “That’s all we’ve got at this point until we get the guy arraigned.”
Breidenich said the break-ins were occurring overnight, with someone entering stores through doors inadvertently left unlocked. Police were not releasing which stores were hit or the value of items taken.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned in 52-4 District Court in Troy today or Wednesday. The suspect is employed by the security company contracted with Oakland Mall, Breidenich said.
source-dtroit free press
SAN ANTONIO TX April 18 2013
North Star Mall security guard Arthur Manzanedo, 38, is accused of stealing from one of the stores he was hired to protect.
Manzanedo was still in uniform when he was allegedly caught on camera last Friday morning, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
San Antonio police detectives were conducting undercover surveillance at the mall when they saw four people enter the Aeropostale store around 2:40 a.m., the affidavit stated.
They said the suspected thieves were caught on camera, loading items from the store into a trash bin.
One of the men in the video, seen taking items from the shelves and holding the door open for the others, is wearing a security guard uniform, the affidavit stated.
Police showed the video to the mall’s chief of security who identified the man in uniform as Manzanedo, the affidavit stated.
Manzanedo was arrested Tuesday on a burglary charge. The affidavit did not mention whether police have identified or arrested any of the other people in the video.
Philadelphia PA April 17 2013
At least five security officers were arrested last week for protesting against a security company who
they alleged had not paid them or cheated them out of their hourly wage.
The demonstration orchestrated with the assistance of a local union blocked traffic and caused a response by local police.
Neither the the names of the security officers nor the name of the company was released.
Houston security guard accused of fondling female students during fake drug searches www.privateofficer.com
HOUSTON TX April 16 2013 – Countless complaints were made through the years against an HISD security guard now accused of groping female students at several campuses while conducting bogus drug searches.
Devin Jay Delarosa, 28, is charged with five counts of indecency with a child.
Delarosa worked at Burbank Elementary School and Burbank Middle School from November 15, 2010 through June 1, 2012.
A student said Delarosa began fondling her when she was a 5th grader at Burbank Elementary School. She was only 11 years old at the time. She told investigators the inappropriate touching continued when she was a 6th grader at Burbank Middle School.
She said Delarosa would order her to “get over here.” He would then take her to a private location saying he needed to search her body for drugs, the girl said.
The accuser said he would take her to his office when she attended the elementary school and to a closet at the middle school campus.
The victim said Delarosa would grope and fondle her breasts each time he “searched” her, and once tried to feel between her legs, but she would not let him.
The student said she once asked Delarosa why he was searching her instead of a having a woman do it. Delarosa replied that he could do “whatever he wanted,” according to the girl.
She was not the only student to speak out against Delarosa. Records show that numerous complaints were made against the security guard.
Delarosa was reprimanded multiple times when middle school parents accused him of inappropriate contact with young girls, giving girls rides on his golf cart and befriending students online.
Police also found several complaints from young female students at Austin High School saying he was touching them in an inappropriate manner. Delarosa, who worked there between the 2010-2011 school year, was warned by school officials not to fraternize with female students.
Delarosa denied all of the allegations. He was jailed and given a $30,000 bond.
After his court appearance Monday, defense attorney Baldemar Zuniga said Delarosa was only doing his job.
“Perhaps there was a lapse in judgment with regard to the performance of his duties, but we certainly believe that once the investigation is completed and once the evidence is reviewed, that there is not going to be any indication that he was indecent with any of these children,” said Zuniga.
Investigators are looking into why he was allowed to continue working on the school campuses when multiple reports were made about him.
“As we go along, obviously we will investigate and learn more and learn more about his past history and whether or not that should have been a signal to anyone,” prosecutor Lisa Collins said.
In regards to the allegations made at Austin High School, HISD said the alleged behavior was documented by the school principal, who is no longer employed by the district. There is no indication the former principal shared this information with HISD Police, HISD Professional Standards, or any other appropriate authorities. Records documenting concerns about Delarosa’s actions were maintained at Austin High School, but do not appear to have been submitted for inclusion in his HISD personnel file. Delarosa was not charged with a crime related to the allegations at Austin High School.
According to HISD, Delarosa resigned from HISD in December when district police confronted him about the allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Delarosa was hired as a security guard at time when campus principals were responsible for screening and managing them. The Houston ISD Police Department has since assumed responsibility for overseeing security guard management.
Marin CA April 15 2013 A former security guard assigned to watch a home in Tiburon was sentenced to 90 days in jail for stealing property from the house.
Erik Tyler Epting, 23, of Windsor also agreed to obtain drug treatment and pay restitution, said Deputy District Attorney Nicole Pantaleo.
Epting was arrested Oct. 1 on suspicion of stealing jewelry and other items from a Little Reeds Height home he was assigned to check on. The house was vacant because the resident had died, and the family hired the security company to keep watch on the house.
When dispatchers were unable to reach Epting for an extended period during his rounds, they sent a supervisor to the home. The supervisor discovered the crime and called Tiburon police.
Epting was stopped on northbound Highway 101 in San Rafael, and property from the home was found in the car, police said.
In February, Epting pleaded guilty to theft and the prosecution agreed to dismiss a burglary charge. He was sentenced Wednesday.
Epting, who posted bail shortly after his arrest, might be able to satisfy the jail sentence through credits in a drug rehabilitation program.
His lawyer, Jonathan Steele of Santa Rosa, did not respond to a request for comment.
Epting was fired by the security company after the incident.
Santee, Calif. April 15 2013 – A security guard who said someone shot at him and he fired back while patrolling near Gillespie Field made up the story and may be charged with lying to police, a sheriff’s official said Thursday.
Lance Wright, 22, of Lakeside, admitted Wednesday during questioning that he lied and shot his own car, Sgt. Scott Enyeart said.
He said he wanted to get out of the security business and believed the phony shooting would provide him with an excuse to quit, he said.
A similar report that Wright filed about coming under gunfire in the same general area in February was bogus as well, the sergeant said.
Earlier, Wright claimed someone in a red Chevrolet Suburban shot at him shortly before 4 a.m. Friday as he drove east on Woodside Avenue, near state Route 67, in Santee.
Wright told detectives he stopped, got out of his car and returned fire.
Detectives were skeptical about the story from the outset.
“It’s strange, very strange; we don’t get this type of case at all, and security guards aren’t normally the target of this type of incident,” Enyeart told 10News. “The evidence did not reflect … his version of the incident.”
Residents who lived in the area told investigators what they saw and heard that night.
“They heard the shots, looked outside and were able to disprove his statement to us that the red Suburban was not present. Through our investigation, we determined that this was staged and that Wright shot his own weapon at his own car,” said Enyeart.
When confronted with the discrepancies, Wright, who worked for Bravo 3 Security, eventually confessed to his deception, Enyeart said.
Wright appeared embarrassed when he admitted the truth, Enyeart said. He was released pending the outcome of an investigation.
Sheriff’s investigators plan to seek charges against Wright, likely including filing a false police report, negligent discharge of a firearm, felony vandalism and planting false evidence.
Illinois security company owner and school board candidate says arrest for impersonating a police officer is bogus www.privateofficer.com
Allentown PA April 5 2013 A jury took about three hours to find a security guard guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed, aspiring rapper at an Allentown after-hours club.
Andrew Gesslein II, 43, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Maurice “O Head” Randolph on April 29 at the North End Republican Club. Gesslein, who was working for the Whitehall Township-based Eye in the Sky security firm, maintained he acted in self-defense when he shot Randolph, 23, three times after a brief struggle at the door. Gesslein faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing scheduled June 11, said Lehigh County Judge Robert Steinberg, who ruled the Berks County resident could remain free on bail until that time. Gesslein didn’t make any statement when asked by the judge.
Erich Augustus Flertzheim, 52, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of robbery.
Port Chester Store Security Guard Accused of Shoplifting at Neighboring Store www.privateofficer.com
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Angel Wilfredo Castro, 47, was slapped with three misdemeanor charges and four infractions related to the February incident in which police said he was driving a Ford Crown Victoria that was illegally fitted with a light bar and siren.
The incident unfolded at the peak of rush hour about 5 p.m. Feb. 11, according to court documents, when a police officer in a marked car at 24th and Capp streets heard sirens.
The cop was suspicious, police said, because he hadn’t heard of any emergency in the area. Then he saw the Ford run a red light at the intersection with flashing lights and a blaring siren.
The officer said he followed the car at speeds of 40 mph in a 25 mph zone until the vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Mission Street.
The officer pulled up and asked what was going on. Castro reportedly claimed the emergency he had been responding to was over.
The cop said Castro did not respond like an FBI agent. He sort of looked like one, however, as he was reportedly wearing a blue baseball cap, blue polo shirt with an FBI emblem and black boots, and he had a gun with a holster and a silver star on his belt.
Still, the officer investigated further and reportedly discovered Castro was a fraud.
On Monday, a bench warrant was issued for the San Francisco resident after he failed to show up to his arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/
Tacoma WA March 16 2013 A former school security guard who had sexual relationships with three Stadium High School students has been sentenced to 48 months in prison.
Donte Dwayne Lipscomb, 32, has pleaded guilty to three counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor in the First Degree for the affairs between April 2009 to June 2011. “Our schools should be safe zones,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “The legislature has made this conduct illegal and our Special Assault Unit vigorously prosecutes these cases.” According to Lindquist, Lipscomb met a 17-year-old girl in 2009 while employed as a security guard at Stadium High and had sex with her multiple times. He asked her to keep it secret or he would lose his job. She agreed. He also had relationships with a 16-year-old girl in 2010, calling her out of class to report to the security office at least once a week. Lindquist said they had sex one time in the office. Lipscomb also had sex with a 17-year-old student in December of 2011, and then pulled her and a friend out of class to urge them to deny it. Along with the 48-month prison sentence, Lipscomb will remain on probation for one year after his release, be required to register as a sex offender, and complete psycho-sexual treatment.
Former Virginia Beach school security assistant facing new indecent liberties charges in Norfolk www.privateofficer.com
Virginia Beach VA March 14 2013 Update: A former Virginia Beach school security assistant who was charged with indecent liberties with a student last week now faces new charges in Norfolk.
Charlottesville VA March 12 2013