325 calls for police service, 148 arrests in violence at Virginia Beach Oceanfront www.privateofficer.com
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. May 1 2013 – Virginia Beach Police confirm they received 325 calls for service to the Oceanfront this past weekend; a weekend that included several violent crimes.
City officials are speaking out about that violence during a college event.
Deputy Chief Bill Dean with the Virginia Beach Police Department told WAVY.com he thinks the department was properly staffed during Beach Week. WAVY News’ Andy Fox asked him what he thought about the situation going forward.
“I think it’s important for us to assess the response that we had this weekend thoroughly and make sure that what we anticipated was going to happen happened and our staffing levels were appropriate, and I think going forward we will continue doing what we’ve always done and that is conduct the preliminary investigations as to what events are occurring, try to anticipate crowd size and respond accordingly to make sure that the environment down there is safe for everyone,” Dean said.
Dean admits police missed social media chatter that likely made the weekend more of the place to be by non-students coming from out of state.
“We knew we had to adjust when we saw tour buses coming in from various parts of the state and out of state. We knew the crowds were building Friday… and we had to reassign staff for Saturday night which we did,” Dean said.
The event attracts colleges like Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hampton University and Norfolk State University and brought thousands of people to the Oceanfront April 26-28.
WAVY.com has learned the Virginia Beach 911 call center received 325 calls for service between 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 and 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, including three shootings, two stabbings and four robberies.
Two guns were recovered following the shootings, Dean told WAVY.com. It is unknown at this time if the guns were recovered at one scene or multiple.
Virginia Beach Councilman Bill DeSteph told WAVY.com he will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss the violence at the Oceanfront this weekend. The meeting will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, located at 1000 19th Street.
A city spokesperson confirmed to WAVY.com Mayor Will Sessoms and Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera have been in talks following the weekend’s chain of violent events. Cervera was out of town at the time.
Sessoms says he and the City want to welcome college students to the Oceanfront. He believes there was a small group that came in along with the college students that disrupted the entire event.
“This is an unusual type of event,” said Sessoms. “I don’t see this type of issue arising again.”
Sessoms says there were 30-40,000 people at the Oceanfront on Saturday night. He says 88 officers were there, too, and more were called in. He also told WAVY.com police were prepared to handle a crowd that large.
“The police were there in mass and responded quickly and did a superb job,” he said.
However, some business owners disagree with the mayor. Kathy Grissom owns Pirate’s Paradise Mini Golf and told WAVY.com there was a man who was seriously injured and bleeding outside her business late on Saturday.
Grissom says they called 911 and it took an hour for an officer and an ambulance to respond. Another business owner, Rick Kowalewitch, who owns RK’s Surf Shop says police did a good job considering the circumstances, however, police seemed to be outnumbered.
Sessoms says if Beach Week happens in Virginia Beach in the future, there will need to be more organization and cooperation between everyone involved.
“It’s occurred and it’s behind us,” said Sessoms. “Will it happen next year? I don’t know the answer to that. If it does, we’ll certainly let people know this is going to be a college weekend. And the hotels can do that job as far as letting people know as people are making reservations.”
The following is a statement from Beach Week organizers:
We stand with all people of good will in the condemnation of the violent and tragic events this past weekend in the city of Virginia Beach, Va. that took place near the oceanfront. We the organizers of “Beach Weekend” disavow any connection to these events and repudiate the perpetrators. The organizers of “Beach Weekend” worked very diligently to put together 7 quality events for young professionals. Months of planning went into ensuring everyone participating would have a safe, fun and enjoyable experience taking in all that the city of Virginia Beach has to offer. We also factored in the benefits to the business owners from the influx of visitors that “Beach Weekend” would bring. It was our indefatigable effort to insure appropriate security and as a result there were no fights, shootings, or stabbings at any of our sponsored events or venues. The reports have been misleading and inaccurate. “Beach Weekend” is in its 4th year, and it’s organizers have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of all participants and the community, as well as reflecting positively on the city of Virginia Beach, it’s residents and the many tourist who choose to vacation here regularly. The city of Virginia Beach has never reported any major incidents during the years “Beach Weekend” was held. We look forward to working with city officials, law enforcement and the community to ensure “Beach Weekend” continues as a peacefully and successful experience.
Tacoma WA April 25 2013 A Port of Tacoma security officer was seriously injured Monday when a semitrailer plowed into a jersey barrier at the main gate and pushed it into the man, port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said Tuesday.
The officer, who started working for the port in 1999, came through surgery well Monday, and his injuries are not life-threatening, she said.
The semitrailer apparently took the corner at Port of Tacoma Road and East 11th Street too sharply about noon and pushed the barrier into the officer’s leg, Mattina said. The officer was outside the security booth at the gate, possibly preparing to check the driver’s credentials, according to the port.
Tacoma police were investigating the crash as an injury accident, Mattina said.
“We’ll certainly monitor whatever comes out of that,” she said
There were three accidents at the Port last month, and it closed twice in March after longshoreman fatalities. A maintenance worker died atop a container crane March 12, and a maintenance technician died of cardiac problems March 25. The longshore union and state are among those investigating the deaths.
A longshore worker suffered minor injuries March 27 when he missed a step while lashing down containers
OKLAHOMA CITY OK March 24 2013
REDMOND, Ore. -March 21 2013
Colorado Springs CO March 11 2013 Two teens are in custody after a joyride in a vehicle stolen from the Denver area.
Buffalo NY March 2 2013 Two men escorted out of the New Humboldt Inn after an argument early Thursday morning later returned and shot the tavern’s security guard and two other individuals, according to the bar’s owner and authorities.
Source: Buffalo News
Perrotti, who fell on the ground drunk after hitting the bouncer, got even more angry and punched out a window pane in the club’s front door, after someone kicked him on the ground, his friend told police. But Perrotti’s tirade didn’t end there. He ran outside and smashed a storefront window of a business located next door on Washington Street, reports said. Perrotti, who was bleeding profusely from his right fist, then ran into a cop who stopped him on Newark Street, police said. The Hoboken Fire Department then cleared up the piles of smashed glass and laced with blood. Perrotti, who received 25 stitches to his hand, became violent and abusive at the Hoboken University Medical Center and had to be restrained and sedated, reports said.
Palm Beach Fla Feb 27 2013 A 25-year-old man is facing criminal charges after Lantana Police say he picked a fight with a security guard over a parking space in a Lantana shopping plaza.
Ricky R. Davis of Lake Worth was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, larceny and battery. He was released from jail Sunday after posting $6,000 bond.
Lantana Police were called Friday afternoon to 1414 Lantana Rd. in response to a fight. A security guard with Platinum Security called 911 saying he got into a fight with two people in the parking lot.
Responding officers spoke with the guard, whose name was not released in a police probable cause affidavit. The 40-year-old guard told police that he spotted a silver Isuzu parked in the fire lane in front of the CVS Pharmacy at 1581 W. Lantana Rd.
He asked the driver, later identified as Davis, to move the vehicle. Davis refused and was “rude” and started yelling at the guard, the affidavit says.
The guard then got into his golf cart and traveled to 1414 W. Lantana Rd. The guard soon found out that Davis followed him. He got out of the Isuzu and started threatening the guard. He then spit on his shirt and pants and retrieved a tire iron from the trunk.
Davis allegedly raised the tire iron in the air while yelling at the guard, threatening to hit him with the object. The guard ran away and called 911.
Meanwhile, Davis removed the golf cart key and fled in his vehicle.
Police were able to track down the owner of the vehicle, 43-year-old Felice Stuckey, and spoke with her Saturday.
After speaking with Stuckey police were able to determine that Stuckey’s son was the one driving the vehicle. Davis agreed to meet police at the station.
Davis told them that he went into the CVS and when he came out the passengers in his vehicle told him that they got into a fight with the security guard over the parking spot. Davis said the guard made “racial comments” and so Davis followed him to speak with him and get his name.
The two then got into a heated argument. However, Davis said he never took out the tire iron and never spit on the guard. He “did nothing wrong,” he told police.
Police then found the tire iron, a Louisville Slugger metal baseball bat and a fake $100 bill in the vehicle.
Also, the security guard was able to positively identify Davis in a photo lineup.
Roanoke, VA Feb 26 2013
A security guard was hit by a vehicle and a man was shot while fleeing during an incident at an apartment complex in Roanoke on Saturday.
A Roanoke man was the driver of a car that reportedly struck a security guard in the Ashton Heights apartment complex on Saturday morning. He was shot in the upper body while driving away, according to a news release.
The injured security guard is a 23-year-old man from Lynchburg.
The injured security guard told officers that he was trying to identify four men who got into a vehicle with what looked like open containers of alcohol after they left an apartment in the 3400 block of Bennett Drive. When he tried to stop the car, the driver drove at him and ran over him, causing him to go onto the hood and then onto the ground. The driver of the vehicle then drove off.
A second security guard fired a shot into the car when the vehicle was fleeing.
Roanoke police officers found the car at the intersection of Tellico Road and Lynn Avenue around 12:39 a.m. The driver was in the car and had a gunshot wound. The passengers fled and have not been found.
The driver and the injured security guard were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say the driver also struck a mailbox, a tree, and another vehicle while fleeing. No charges have been placed and the investigation is ongoing.
If you have information about this incident, call the Roanoke Police Department at (540) 853-5959 or CrimeLine at (540) 344-8500.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY FLA.Feb 21 2013 Investigators with the Charlotte County Florida sheriff’s department say that they have sometimes seen store security agents assaulted and injured during the course of apprehending shoplifters but a recent attack on a loss prevention agent was a case of attempted murder.
Sheriff Deputies responded to K-Mart near the mall after three suspects entered the store and one of them stuffed merchandise down their pants.
Once they attempted to leave without paying, the security agent, who is not being identified, was attacked and severely beaten.
The loss prevention officer received cuts and bruises to his face and head. His mouth is wired shut after injuries to his jaw. Deputies say this loss prevention officer should be thankful he’s alive.
“The fact that they did something as bad as knocking him to the ground and kicking him repeatedly in the head and body and actually physically doing damage shows how dangerous they are the deputy said. I mean when you kick somebody in the head, they could die,” says Joe Fiorini, Community Policing Officer.
Deputy Fiorini says shoplifting cases don’t normally end with violence.
“…Resist and pull away and stuff but to actually start hitting somebody that’s quite unusual for this area,” he adds.
Deputies say the officer approached the suspect outside and was attacked from behind by the other two men.
“The suspects in this case will face aggravated robbery and attempted murder charges Fiorini said.
HOUSTON TX Feb 16 2013 — A security guard was attacked by a gang of suspected burglars during a heist in north Harris County. It happened at I-45 near Richey Tuesday night and business owners in the area say it’s a continuing problem.
Four suspects are charged with aggravated robbery after a group of seven suspected burglars was caught on camera, trying to hack into the Houston Cash and Carry wholesale store in north Harris County. Owner Dheeraj Raheja says they are members of a group that has struck his store five times as recently as just 10 days ago.
“One or two guys, they have the same outfit in the last four or five burglaries,” he said. “The style is the same. They have the same ax. Actually, they know my place.”
During two break-ins Raheja says the crooks stole tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of tobacco. The owner watched the men on surveillance video early Wednesday morning and called 911. Deputies arrived to find the robbery in progress. They made three arrests and helped the property’s security guard, who’d been duct-taped and robbed.
“These guys are not scared of a surveillance system or cameras or alarm systems, even cops,” Raheja said.
One of the suspects took off in a white car, leading deputies and HPD officers on a chase that ended at Loop 610 at Clinton. That’s where officers arrested Vashaun Baker. There are still three other suspects who got away.
Raheja says he’s relieved to have at least some of the men in custody.
He said, “I hope they know each other very well, so maybe they can open up their mouth with the names and everything.”
The security guard is expected to OK. He was taken to a hospital to be checked out as a precaution.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz Feb 3 2013. (AP) — Police say a bouncer who was stabbed a week ago at a Scottsdale nightclub has died.
Scottsdale police said Tyrice Thompson, a former football player at Arizona State, died Saturday morning from the stab wounds.
According to investigators, the 27-year-old Thompson of Laveen was stabbed five times in the back, hip, and arm after an altercation inside the club early morning on Jan. 27.
Police later arrested 26-year-old Ian MacDonald of Tempe in connection with the stabbing. Investigators say he admitted that he was involved in the fight but denied stabbing Thompson.
It was unclear if MacDonald had an attorney.
Thompson played tight end and receiver for the Sun Devils from 2003-07. He played all 13 games as senior, catching 15 passes for 272 yards, and was a key special teams player his final two seasons at Arizona State.
Thompson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts, but did not play an NFL game.
Seattle WA Jan 29 2013 A man shot two people at a popular Central District nightclub late Sunday, and Seattle police later fatally shot the man as they entered the bar.
Two others were taken to Harborview Medical Center, said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.
The shooting took place at the Twilight Exit on East Cherry Street just after 10 p.m., Seattle police said.
Witnesses and bar owner Stephan Mollmann said a man was ejected from the bar after arguing loudly with a woman. About 20 minutes later, he returned with a gun, entering through the club’s alley entrance, and shot a doorman in the leg, they said.
“He was getting kicked out as I was coming in and we were getting our IDs checked,” said Alex Koch, a 28-year-old Seattle Central Community College student.
When the man returned, he started yelling at a woman and shot her, according to the witnesses.
“I heard that first shot; everyone is getting under tables,” Koch said. “I used a small table to barricade myself as he was shoving through the door.”
Koch and others began streaming out a door onto East Cherry, while other patrons fled.
“At that point, there were two gunshots, then I heard a bunch of other gunshots,” Koch said.
Seattle police, responding to a 911 call, had met the shooter as he was leaving, said Nick Metz, deputy chief of Seattle police.
Metz said his officers identified themselves but the shooter raised his gun and fired one shot. One officer returned fire, Metz said, and the man fell.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Metz said witnesses told police that the woman was the man’s ex-girlfriend with whom he had a child. Witnesses’ comments led police to believe the man might have harmed the child. Police later checked on the child, who was fine.
The doorman, in his 30s, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He remained in critical condition. The woman in her mid-20s was in stable condition, with multiple gunshot wounds.
NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. Jan 28 2013
Covington police are investigating after a house party shooting that left two people injured, including the security guard who was hired for the event.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Sunday at 355 Emerson Trail on Brown Bridge Road outside of Covington.
Police said an adult birthday party with about 30 guests was going on when two uninvited people arrived. Police said the two party crashers mingled in the crowd and a disturbance broke out. Shots were fired by multiple shooters, but police are not sure who the shooters were.
A woman was shot in the leg and the security guard was shot in the arm. Both victims were taken to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police have not released the victims’ identities.
Multiple caliber shell casings were recovered, but no weapons were recovered from the scene.
ROCKFORD, MI Jan 20 2013 – A Rockford High School sophomore was arrested by a Kent County sheriff’s deputy after punching a security guard trying to break-up a fight he initiated, said Superintendent Mike Shibler.After school ended on Thursday, Jan. 17, Shibler said the student, new to the district, got on a school bus before it left campus to confront another student.
He said the district will be reviewing the incident to determine potential expulsion or suspension.
No further details of the incident were available.
2012 PRIVATE SECURITY INJURY-DEATH REPORT
ON DUTY DEATHS
INJURIES & ASSAULTS
INCREASED BY 17%
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT SECURITY
MORE THAN 70,000 INCIDENTS
(INCLUDES VERBAL THREATS-PHYSICAL ASSAULTS-DEATHS)
DEATHS BY AGE
MEDIUM AGE 46
16% OLDER THAN 55
MOST DEATHS OCCURRED:
MOST ASSAULTS OCCURRED:
METHOD of DEATHS
INDUSTRIAL/MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS -7
There were also four on-duty confirmed suicides.
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CHARLOTTE NC A Sacramento California nightclub security officer is dead and another one has been shot after a fight at a downtown nightclub during a New Year’s Eve celebration.
A patron is also dead in what police described as a shoot-out between customers and security after a disturbance erupted.
No names have been released yet.
A Mississippi security officer is also dead after a confrontation with several unruly men at a Jackson apartment complex.
Police are still investigating and have not released further details.
And a fourth security officer was shot early this morning at a Chicago nightclub. Police say that when a patron was asked to leave he fired several times into the club striking several persons including the security officer.
An-off duty security officer in Detroit Michigan was also shot and killed in front of his home in what police say was a robbery attempt.
Dionte Sweeney, 22 was a security officer at Ford Field.
In Panorama City Ca. LAPD officers shot and killed a man who had pulled a gun on a security officer when the security officer questioned him about trespassing at the apartment complex.
Police were call to the 8300 block of Cedros Avenue where the man pointed his weapon at arriving police officers and was shot.
Police also killed an armed man at a York County Pa. Kmart after he was caught stealing jewelry and struggled with security agents. When police arrived they used a Taser to subdue him at which point the man pulled a knife and charged officers and was shot to death.
Colorado Springs Colorado police say that a man there caught shoplifting by loss prevention agents at a local K-Mart pulled a gun on the security agent and threatened his life before fleeing.
Police were able to catch up and arrest Kyle Hirschfield, 25 and have charged him with aggravated robbery.
POI Dispatch has also confirmed at least 181 assaults on private officers during the past forty eight hours.
Oakland CA Dec 21 2012 Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that blazed in a stolen vehicle before spreading to a commercial building and resulting in the hospitalization of a security guard due to smoke inhalation early this morning, according to an Oakland fire battalion chief.
The structure fire, located at 933 Railroad Ave. was reported to fire officials at 12:16 a.m., Oakland fire Battalion Chief Eleanor Bolin-Chew said.
The blaze was under control by 1:08 a.m., Bolin-Chew said.
The fire appears to have began in a pickup truck, which had been stolen on Dec. 11 in Hayward. The flames then spread to a commercial building nearby.
The building’s security guard was at the scene during the fire and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, Bolin-Chew said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No suspects have been identified in connection with the fire.
Source:Inside Bay Area
MEMPHIS, TN- Dec 9 2012 – A downtown Memphis security guard claims she was attacked and robbed in a parking garage after leaving her job Thursday.
Chicago IL Dec 8 2012 Police are looking for five robbers who ambushed and bound a security officer with duct tape, then stole copper wiring from a business on the North Side in the overnight hours of Wednesday.
UNIONTOWN, Pa.Dec 6 2012
Superintendent Jessie Wallace tells Channel 4 Action News that a situation broke out between two student at the school and a female security guard stepped in to break up the problem and that is when the altercation took place. The guard was pushed back, fell, and struck her head on a cafeteria table.
She was taken to Uniontown Hospital to be checked out by medical staff. Since the female student in question is a juvenile, Mr. Wallace could not release what the student’s status is at this time. All he could comment was that the “district’s disciplinary plan was in action”.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.Dec 5 2012– A Louisville woman was arrested over the weekend and is facing charges after police said she stabbed bouncer at a the Win, Place, Show Bar.