DALLAS TX SECURITY OFFICER SHOT TO DEATH privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

DALLAS TX MAY 22 2016

A security officer was killed and another person sent to the hospital after a double shooting outside a Dallas nightclub.
Dallas police confirmed the death early this morning but gave few other details.

Officers were called to a club at 1919 Riverfront Boulevard shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

According to Lieutenant Latoya Porter, shots were fired among a group of people gathered outside the club.

The security guard struck several times and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
One other person shot but is expected to survive, Porter said.

The investigation is ongoing said Porter and no further information was released.

Arrest made in 2007 killing of Florida security officer privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Clearwater FL May 18 2016 Clearwater Police Detective Michael Hasty said finding a witness to talk was the toughest part in solving Leon Dash’s murder.

“This murder occurred in front of probably close to 200 people, yet almost nobody was willing to cooperate with the police and tell us what they saw,” he said.

In 2007, Dash, a security guard, was trying to break up a fight outside the now closed Atrium Martini Bar in downtown Clearwater.

He was punched in the melee, hitting his head on the ground. Dash later died from his injuries.

For years Davis’ father and sisters waited for the killer’s arrest.

“He was not just another number. He was my father’s only son. Our only brother. And really loving,” his sister Ladwayna said to us in 2013.

Police said a combination of witness statements and more hard evidence finally led to the arrest of Preston Bell, who is charged with manslaughter.

Bell is already in jail on other unrelated charges including attempted murder.

Police hope with Bell behind bars, other witnesses will feel more comfortable coming forward.

While the Dash family can find some relief, they are still living with another unsolved mystery.

Leon’s mother, Margaret Dash, disappeared in 1974, never coming home from a trip to the store.

Detective Hasty said he is happy to give this family at least some closure.

“The fact that this particular family has suffered exponentially more than any of our others, we are certainly mindful of that. We remain diligent in this case as well as all of the unresolved cold case homicides we’ve been investigating,” he said.

Dash’s family said they are relieved that Bell was arrested, but believe others were involved in Leon’s death.

Hamilton Canada security guard shot to death privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

SHOOTING

Hamilton Canada May 15 2016

Detectives believe the victim of a fatal shooting outside a downtown night club early Friday was targeted.

Police say 46-year-old Vincenzo Lofaro of Hamilton was shot and killed outside Club Seventy Seven on King William Street.

“It would appear that he was targeted, but we don’t yet know why,” acting Det. Sgt. Dave Oleniuk said Friday evening.

Lofaro, a security guard for the club, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:20 a.m., Oleniuk said.

It was the city’s 10th homicide of 2016.

Lofaro was coming out of the club at the time of the shooting, Oleniuk said.

There are unconfirmed reports a woman was taken to hospital after the shooting.

Oleniuk would only say a woman, who was Lofaro’s friend, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are looking for at least two male suspects, he said, noting likely more people were involved.

Suspect descriptions are not being released at this point, he added.

“We have quite a bit of video/statements and descriptions … forthcoming,” Oleniuk said. “We do not want to put out contradictory information, so we will be delaying any release of a description and/or vehicle involvement.”

Earlier reports said police were looking for a car said to have driven from the scene after the shooting.

Kassie L’Homme met Lofaro at Club Seventy Seven, where she goes almost every Saturday night with a large group of friends. She said Lofaro usually worked security outside in the “smokers’ area.”

He was a “really outgoing guy” who loved making people laugh, said L’Homme, 19.

“There was never a time that I’ve seen him without a smile on his face.”

She said Lofaro also worked as a school crossing guard. Facebook photos show him wearing an orange reflective safety vest and matching hat.

L’Homme said going to the club won’t be the same without him. Her group of friends plans to lay flowers outside as a tribute.

Oleniuk said police don’t know if the shooting is related to the club, which was closed by the time it happened.

Club Seventy Seven hosted hip-hop artist N.O.R.E. (a.k.a. Noreaga) for a concert Thursday night.

At the scene, a witness said he heard at least six or seven shots, but did not see anything.

Officers were seen Friday morning interviewing residents of a condo building across the street as they emerged from their homes.

The Club Seventy Seven area has been the scene of previous violence. In 2008, a man was shot and wounded outside the club.

In 2006, one man was fatally stabbed and another wounded in a knife attack.

Security guard shot to death when he answers his door privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Rashaun Ahart, 35, was killed after he was shot through the door of his Bronx apartment on Monday.

Bronx NY May 12 2016 Death came knocking.

Rashaun Ahart was home with relatives when he heard the knock at the door of his second-floor Bronx apartment just before 8:45 p.m. Monday, cops said.

When he went to answer it, a gunman opened fire through the door of the home on Creston Ave. near E. 182nd St. in Fordham Heights, officials said. Ahart, 35, was hit several times in the chest.

“It was crazy. It was like ‘bang bang bang’, ten shots in a row,” said a neighbor who gave his name as Jay.

Ahart was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition and later died there, officials said.

No one has been arrested in his killing.

Despite a troubled past, Ahart was on a positive path, and raising his young daughter after her mother’s death last year from liver disease, according to neighbor Robert Young, 67.

Ahart threw a birthday party for his daughter just last week.

“People want to focus on the past, but he was really a good person,” Young said. “He got a job and was taking care of his daughter.”

Ahart worked as a security guard at a local sneaker store, neighbors said.

Ahart was answering a knock at his door on Creston Ave. near E. 182nd St.Ahart was answering a knock at his door on Creston Ave. near E. 182nd St. (GOOGLE)

He had more than 20 prior arrests including a 2009 bust for assault, police sources said. Many of his other arrests are sealed.

Building super Juan Rios, 57, said a steady stream of visitors have stopped by since Ahart’s death.

“A lot of his friends have come out now to mourn,” he said.

Outside Ahart’s apartment building, friends and relatives of the man they knew as “Biggs” lit candles and laid down flowers in his memory Tuesday.

On Facebook, several dozen people posted messages about Ahart’s death.

Stephanie Green described him as a “giant with a big heart.”

“You would always have the biggest smile and the biggest heart,” she wrote.

“It’s so sad to see a good father gone to violence and so much hate,” another friend wrote.

“I hate the fact that low life … took you away from your daughter and family.”

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TN SECURITY OFFICER GUNNED DOWN privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews


CHATTANOOGA, TN May 9 2016
POI News has just confirmed with the Chattanooga YN police that a person shot overnight was an on-duty security officer.
The security officer was working at Bella Vita Restaurant when some type of confrontation broke out between the security officer and another man.
Police said Sunday morning that the security officer identified as Johnny L. Sanders, 40 has died from a single gunshot wound.
Chattanooga Police said that officers responded to a person shot call in the 1400 block of Cowart Street around 2:10 a.m. Sunday.
Officers found Sanders, 40, suffering from a gunshot wound and he was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities say that had received an initial 911 call reporting a fight inside the Bella Vita Restaurant.
The man involved in the fight, Andrew Wilson Jr., was removed from the restaurant by security, and once outside, Wilson Jr. shot Sanders.
Wilson Jr. was immediately detained following the shooting by other private security personnel who were working at the club.
Officials say warrants were obtained for Wilson Jr. and that he has been booked into the Hamilton County Jail. Andrew Wilson Jr. has been charged with Criminal Homicide, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
This is the second shooting that has occurred at Bella Vita in 2016.
If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525.

Murdered Las Vegas security officer identified privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

0ABC91LAS VEGAS  NV April 29 2016 An on-duty security guard beaten and shot to death was so severely injured, his family and friends tell News 3, the culprits robbed them of a goodbye.

Now, they’re asking anyone with information to come forward to help catch the people who killed 48-year-old Mark Santee.

“The world is a sadder place today because he’s not here,” said Cheri Mueller. Cheri lives with Mark’s youngest daughter, Ashley, and her boyfriend, Matthew Pearce.

“It’s like a nightmare,” said Pearce.

He has been by Ashley’s side all day. It was Ashley who called authorities when her father did not return home at his usual time. She wrote a letter to her dad on Facebook: “Dear dad, today we lost you and I have no words to explain how I feel knowing that you’re gone. You were a kind and caring man, and a good husband to mom.”

It continues on to say, “We all miss you. I love you.”

Santee worked two jobs to provide for his family. He was working his security gig at Safeguard Security at a construction site in the 5100 block of South Jerry Tarkanian Way when he was found dead about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was unarmed and working on the property by himself, according to a coworker and police.

Police believe several robbers may have been scouring the site when he tried to stop them. His family friends tell News 3 he was shot four times and severely beaten.

“The coroner has said that he has so much damage they don’t recommend that anybody come and say goodbye,” said Mueller. “To not be able to say goodbye is hard, and my heart is breaking for (the family). Nobody deserves his kind of violence in their life.”

They are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact police.

Mark leaves behind a wife, three daughters and three grandchildren.

His family friends say they were living paycheck to paycheck, and now his widow is struggling to pay for rent and for funeral costs.

If you’d like to help, you can click here to go to their GoFundMe.

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Misclassification Leads To Uncounted Security Injuries-Deaths privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

CHARLOTTE NC April 28 2016

Since 2004, we have worked with numerous state and federal agencies to accurately record correct statistical data on security personnel injuries and deaths and workplace violence.
Prior to our association coming on scene, there was never any one agency or private entity that recorded this data and authorities were only recording the numbers reported to them by employers which was often times inaccurate and misleading.

In the past twelve years, we have continued to struggle at times with identifying employees who are performing security related duties because employers sometimes intentionally misclassify their employees to avoid regulatory licensing, training and insurance requirements.

This unfortunately paints a tainted and untrue picture of what is happening in our industry and it takes away from the recognition and focus garnered by others who serve and protect.
It has also caused potential funding from state and federal agencies not to be approved and made the jobs of state legislators harder when determining the needs of the private security industry.

In the past six years I have been interviewed by forty three media outlets on the dangers, injuries and deaths occurring in the security industry and have had reporters repeatedly acknowledge that they were not aware of the increase and seldom have heard of or read about the violence against private security or the increased dangers that security workers face.

In 2012, 2014 and again in 2015, I met with U.S. Senators and Representatives and held conference calls with the U.S. Department of Justice who oversees the Public Safety Benefits program which administers a cache of benefits for families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
First reponders including law enforcement and correction officers, firefighters, paramedics, forestry personnel, game wardens and numerous others are all included under the “first responder” umbrella.

I presented documentation, statistics and argued why private police officers who have full law enforcement authority should be included under this same program.
Officers such as Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six year veteran of the Washington’s Holocaust museum’s private security police force who was gunned down by an angry man with a rifle on June 9 2009 and Mike Ridgell who was shot to death at the Washington DC Navy Yard on September 16th 2013.
Both men were sworn law enforcement working for a private security agency and both men died protecting others and their families would have received financial and educational assistance under the benefit program had they been employed by a public entity.
Another private police officer who gained national recognition during the Boston Marathon bombing was Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean A. Collier who was gunned down by one of the bombing suspects.
Because he always was working for a private business, his family did not qualify for the First Responder Benefits Program either.

Currently, thirty states have some form of private law enforcement and others are considering creating statutes that would allow and define the duties and authority of private police in their states.

Security personnel, whether sworn or non-sworn, protect most of America’s businesses, schools, government buildings, military bases, hospitals and nuclear facilities and are the first responders protecting, deterring, responding and aiding in every area of safety, security and enforcement.

We need to stop calling persons who are primarily serving in a security role such titles as security engineers, escorts, courtesy officers, event staff, guides, residential services aides, safety officers, safety assistants, ambassadors and other non-descript generic titles just so that we can beat the system.
All of these positions are serving and acting in a security officer role and performing security officer duties and we need to clearly identify them as such.

While the official number of persons working in the security industry in the US is around 1.5-2 million people, I’m sure that the true numbers are double those due to the misclassification of job titles and the fact that some states are still unregulated and do not have an accurate count and some states do not regulate and thus do not count proprietary security staff either.

Private security personnel regard less of titles are shouldering a bigger piece of the responsibility for being proactive and protecting our country and millions of lives as well as  billions of dollars of assets every single day.

Let’s give credit where credit is due and correctly train, equip, prepare and identify those on the front line.

Las Vegas security officer murdered at construction site privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

LAS VEGAS NV April 28 2016

Metro Police are investigating after a security guard was killed early Wednesday morning.

The man’s body was found at 12:39 a.m. in the 5100 block of Jerry Tarkanian Way near Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue.

Police the victim was patrolling a nearby apartment construction site and appears to have gotten into a fight with one or more persons and was shot to death during the confrontation.

Investigators are trying to determine if the victim confronted a thief at the site or what transpired leading to his death.

No suspects are in custody at this time but police say that this is an active investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com.
To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (702) 385-5555, or text CRIMENV plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

NOTE: This is the forth on-duty security officer death his week.

Florida teen given life in prison for security officer’s murder privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

TAMPA FL April 26 2016 Larry Brown was 16-years-old when he shot and killed security guard Michael Valentin.

Evidence, including a gun, a blue bandana, and a sneaker helped convict him three years later.

At his sentencing, Michael Valentin’s sister, Angela Valentin, wanted Brown locked away forever.

“I want you to send a message to these kids that you can’t do things like that. You can’t go around taking people’s lives and don’t know who you are hurting, “said Valentin.

The defense argued Brown came from a broken home with few role models.  His mother, Nicole Bailey, was in and out of his life and had her own legal troubles.

Monday Hillsborough Circuit Judge Samantha Ward sentenced Brown to life in prison with another 30 years for a gun charge.

But because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling “life” doesn’t mean “life” for juvenile defendants.

The high court calls that “cruel and unusual punishment”.

To get around that, the Florida legislature created a Juvenile Parole Board to review cases just like Larry Brown’s case.

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Space Coast Stadium security officer struck by car dies privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Melbourne FL  April 25 2016
A park security guard was struck and killed by a vehicle on a parking lot road at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Police say,
Dorothy Bowman, 33, of Melbourne was driving east on the road with child passengers just before 10:30 p.m. when she failed to see 39-year-old Terra Martin, a security guard who was wearing a safety vest, standing in a coned area.

Martin was taken to Viera Hospital where she died from injuries sustained in the accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol adds that the incident remains under investigation

Alabama security guard shot to death at nightclub privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Auburn AL. April 24 2016

At least three people are dead including a nightclub security guard in an overnight shooting at a nightclub according to police.

There were reports of shots fired when police were dispatched.

As officers arrived they heard gunshots and discovered several bodies nearby.

One of the deceased was a security guard.

Police have since arrested a man for three counts of murder.

At this time no names have been released.

Police do not know what started the shooting.

Man gets 11 years for Virginia security officer’s death privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. April 21 2016 A Chesapeake man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the shooting death of a Virginia Beach night club security guard.

Investigators say back in May of 2014, Andrew Wesley Roberts and two women went to the Tropical Delights Restaurant and Lounge on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach. Tyrone Martin was working as a security guard and checking IDs at the door.

Investigators say after Roberts and the women went inside the bar, Martin approached one of the women because she had not shown her ID.  An argument ensued between Martin and the woman until she went out to her car and still refused to provide her ID.

Roberts, who left Tropical Delights after the woman, also began to argue with Martin. Roberts pulled out a gun and shot Martin twice.  Martin died at the hospital two days later.

The entire incident was caught on video surveillance.

Roberts fled to Georgia, where he was eventually caught and extradited back to Virginia. A jury convicted Roberts of second degree murder and use of a firearm back in December.

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NYC apartment security guard stabbed to death privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Jeffrey Lora was stabbed to death on Monday.

New York City NY April 21 2016

A Washington Heights woman was charged with murdering her brother during a fight Monday morning over who would babysit a younger sibling, police and sources said.

Jeffrey and Estefani Lora were heard arguing over who would watch the child at about 6:17 a.m. in a 16th floor apartment on St. Nicholas Ave. near W. 178th St. in Washington Heights, police and sources said.

The arguing erupted in a fist fight, and Estefani Lora, 21, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her brother in the chest. Jeffrey Lora, 19, was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he could not be saved.

Estefani Lora was charged with second-degree murder.

“I don’t know what could have happened. Their mother is a good woman. And that woman raised those children right,” neighbor Luz Tanya, 61, said, speaking in Spanish. “I don’t know what could have happened with those kids. Perhaps the devil came between them.”

Former long-time resident Barbara Rissi, 24, came by the building with tears in her eyes to see if any family members were home.

“I don’t think she meant to kill him,” she said through tears, referring to the sister and brother. “Maybe in the heat of the moment, she just stabbed him and thought everything was going to be okay.”

Giselle Lopez, 22, said she grew up with both the victim and his sister.

“He was the total opposite of all the boys around here,” she said of Jeffrey Lora. “These boys are disrespectful and he wasn’t. He would do anything, if you told him to go to the store he’d go, he wouldn’t even think about it.”

Lopez said the victim had just gotten a job as a security guard in the building.

“He was excited to open the door for his own mom,” she said. “He didn’t have kids … he was a kid himself.”

Lopez said she knew the victim’s sister, Estefani Lora, better than the victim.

“She was very quiet,” she said, mentioning that they attended high school at PS132 together. “She always stuck to herself. They (sister and brother) were always together actually; she would send him to buy her cigarettes.”

Jose Polanco, 46, one of the victim’s new co-workers, said he knew the family well. He suggested the argument between the siblings erupted because Jeffrey didn’t like his sister bringing her boyfriend to the apartment.

“She would bring her boyfriend home and he (the victim) didn’t like it too much, it seems,” Polanco said. “He was very calm. He was a good kid,” he added.

Polanco said the victim’s mom went on vacation to Mexico about three days ago. He wasn’t sure when she’s coming back.

He said that the victim and his sister lived together with their mother, their mother’s sister and her 7-year-old mentally disabled son. He did not know where any of the family members are now.

Lopez said the murder gave her chills. ”I don’t understand what this world is coming to and how your sister kills you,” she said.

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Off-duty security officer shot to death in Baltimore privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Baltimore MD April 20 2016 A 35-year-old man fatally shot in East Baltimore this weekend was identified by police on Monday as Antonio Washington, an off-duty security officer.

Washington was found with a gunshot wound to his head about 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning in the 600 block of N. Duncan Street, in the city’s CARE neighborhood. He died at a local hospital.

T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, confirmed Washington worked as a security officer but said he was not working at the time of the shooting.

Smith said the incident “apparently stems from a dispute that occurred inside of” a local venue, and had “nothing to do with” Washington’s role as a security officer.

Greg Shipley, a spokesman for Maryland State Police, said Washington was licensed by the state police as a security guard with the All Secure Security Company of Baltimore, and registered as a private detective with Centurion Protection and Investigations.

Baltimore Police had originally given a different age for Washington, and incorrectly identified him as a special police officer with arrest powers. He did not have such powers.

His family could not be immediately reached for comment.

Florida security officer killed during dispute privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Brevard County FL April 18 2016  Brevard County sheriff’s investigators are sorting through the circumstances that led to a security guard being struck and killed by a vehicle at a Central Brevard mobile home park after attempting to assist in a dispute involving others.

The deadly incident involving the unidentified man – described by residents as a security guard, happened about 7:24 p.m. Saturday evening at the Trade Winds Mobile Home Park in the 4000 block of North U.S. 1, authorities reported.

The identity of the security guard has not been released pending notification of his next of kin.

“We have no updated information,” said Cpl. Dave Jacobs, spokesman for the agency when contacted Sunday afternoon. “We are conducting a death investigation,” he added without elaborating.

Homicide investigators were looking into reports that there was a dispute or a verbal argument involving others at the mobile home park and that the security guard who was killed was attempting to help.
At some point, Brevard County sheriff’s deputies were also called to the site but moments later, the man was struck and killed, officials reported.
Investigators now are looking into the unidentified driver’s actions leading up to the incident.

Investigators said the security guard’s death is being investigated and that there are no current charges against the vehicle’s driver.

AlliedBarton security officer dies in crash privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Las Vegas NV April 16 2016 An AlliedBarton security officer died in a crash when his car fell from a highway overpass early Wednesday according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Anthony Viola, 19, of Las Vegas was driving a black Mercury Grand Marquis west on Summerlin Parkway toward the 215 Beltway overpass about 2 a.m., the highway patrol said.

Viola worked as a security guard with Allied Barton Security Services and started work about 5 the previous morning, his parents, Ellen and Louis Viola said.

“It’s very unusual for him to be coming home that late,” his mother said.

A trooper noticed the overturned car off the roadway of the Beltway, NHP trooper Jason Buratczuk said.

Viola failed to maintain his travel lane, striking a traffic sign to the right of the roadway. The vehicle continued west and hit the right concrete bridge retaining wall, the highway patrol said.

Troopers say that the vehicle overturned and fell from the overpass onto the northbound lanes of the Beltway, landing on its roof.

Viola, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Viola received a varsity letter in cross-country as a sophomore at Durango High School, started his own record label, was active in his church, and volunteered at local food banks and charities.

NHP stated the accident investigation is on-going.

Gangs indicted in kidnapping, robbery and murder of security officers privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico April 16 2016— A 17 count federal indictment was unsealed on Thursday in the District of Puerto Rico charging 21 defendants with racketeering, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, burglary and larceny, interference with commerce by robbery, carjacking, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and related firearm offenses.

The defendants are: Alfredo Umpierre-Santiago aka Freddie; Luis Ángel Guerrido-Medina aka Viejo; Juan Rosario-Marrero aka Vaquerito; Steven Tapia-Morales aka El Gordo; Elvin Morales-Ramírez aka Chino; Obrayan Hernández-López aka Oby; Luis R. Cotto-Rivera aka Dico; Ivan Martínez-Torres; Enrique Pérez-Rivera aka Henry; David Vargas-Santiago aka Davo; Jahn M. Fermin-Cortés aka Jan; Carlos Fidian Jiménez-Feliz, aka Picachu; José Reyes-Neváres aka Piti; Gabriel Vélez aka Avatar; Yarelis E. García-Ruiz; Javier Ortiz-Nieves aka Javo; Stephanie Herrera-Montañez aka Guri; Karina Alamo-Marrero; Yeisha M. Pedraza-Santiago; Jimmy Molina-Otero aka Tío Jimmy; and Edmanuel Laureano-Spanoz, aka Emma.

The indictment charges robberies to four banks, two credit unions and a gas station. According to the indictment, as part of the racketeering and bank robbery conspiracies, the organization committed the following violent acts:

  • On November 25, 2010, seven defendants travelled to COOPACA, a state insured credit union in Levittown, Toa Baja, assaulted and abducted a security officer at gun point and stole approximately $45,220 from an ATM machine and they also abducted and robbed other civilians.
  • On December 29, 2014, 11 of the defendants travelled to Colmadito Encantado at Plaza Encantada in Trujillo Alto, assaulted and abducted a security officer at gun point and stole approximately $53,960 from an ATM belonging to Scotiabank.
  • On January 5, 2015, 11 of the defendants travelled to the Doral Bank in Vega Baja, burglarized the bank, stole the security recording system, computer equipment and approximately $228,800 from the ATMs.
  • On January 28, 2015, nine of the defendants travelled to the Oriental Bank in Cagüitas Mall in Caguas, abducted and robbed a security guard at gun point, breached the bank, and attempted to steal money from the ATM.
  • On February 11, 2015, seven of the defendants travelled to the Doral Bank at Plaza Dorada in Dorado with the intent of burglarizing that bank. In their attempt, they abducted one security guard and fatally shot a second security guard.
  • On March 28, 2015, five of the defendants travelled to Plaza Morovis and stole $30,330 from an off-premises ATM belonging to COOPERATIVA Moroveña. In order to commit the offense, they abducted and robbed a security guard at gun point and also carjacked his vehicle.
  • On August 18, 2015, six of the defendants robbed the Gulf Gas Station Convenience Store located in Ciales and stole $61,480 from an ATM belonging to Banco Popular of Puerto Rico. They also stole $879 from the cash register, 50 cigarette cartons worth over $3,000 and threatened the clerk with a sledgehammer and restrained the clerk in the bathroom.

Defendants Guerrido-Medina and Laureano-Spanoz are facing one charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marihuana. All defendants are facing a RICO forfeiture allegation of at least $190,900 and a bank robbery forfeiture allegation of $344,240.

“The US Attorney’s Office will continue its prosecution of organized gangs and their members who engage in senseless acts of violence to wreak havoc in our communities,” said US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “Those who choose to become involved in such a lifestyle should know that law enforcement at every level will work together tirelessly to bring them to justice.”

“Today’s operations addressed some of the most violent gang activity in the United States,” said special agent in charge Douglas Leff for the FBI’s San Juan Division. “The acts of violence that accompanied the alleged robberies were premeditated and utilized sophisticated techniques to defeat alarms and video surveillance systems. The dedicated prosecutors and investigators went to great lengths to identify and apprehend those responsible, and their efforts will significantly increase the safety of our citizens and financial institutions.”

If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison. Seven of the defendants who participated in the murder included in the indictment are eligible for the death penalty. Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Via Press Release US Department of Justice

Walmart security officer killer caught privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Lilburn GA April 13 2016  On April 12 at 1:30 p.m., Boaz Anthony Fordyce, 37, was arrested for the murder of JD Ferguson, the 25-year-old loss prevention officer killed at Walmart in Lilburn on April 10, 2016. Fordyce was arrested in unincorporated DeKalb County.

Police said that on April 10, a man was seen trying to leave the Lawrenceville Highway Walmart with three flat screen televisions for which he had not paid. Ferguson and another Walmart employee tried to detain the suspect as the suspect attempted to exit the store.
A struggle ensued, and the suspect produced a pistol and fired at least one round that struck and killed Ferguson. The suspect then fled the scene.

Lilburn Police were able to identify the suspect as Fordyce through multiple tips from the public.
These tips were then corroborated and further investigation lead to the issuance of warrants for the arrest of Fordyce. These warrants were signed and sealed at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

To locate Fordyce, Lilburn investigators followed leads to the Doraville area of unincorporated DeKalb County, when they learned that Fordyce was in a business not far from them.
The DeKalb County Police were contacted, met with the Lilburn investigators, and Fordyce was taken into custody without incident.

Fordyce is currently in the Gwinnett County Detention Center and is charged with one count of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of felony theft by shoplifting.

Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley wants to thank the hundreds of citizens who responded to the media’s coverage of this story.
Without this coverage and the tremendous number of tips that were provided to the investigators, this case would have been much more difficult to solve.

A memorial fund has been established to assist the family HERE

Walmart security officer killer caught privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Lilburn GA April 13 2016  On April 12 at 1:30 p.m., Boaz Anthony Fordyce, 37, was arrested for the murder of JD Ferguson, the 25-year-old loss prevention officer killed at Walmart in Lilburn on April 10, 2016. Fordyce was arrested in unincorporated DeKalb County.

Police said that on April 10, a man was seen trying to leave the Lawrenceville Highway Walmart with three flat screen televisions for which he had not paid. Ferguson and another Walmart employee tried to detain the suspect as the suspect attempted to exit the store.
A struggle ensued, and the suspect produced a pistol and fired at least one round that struck and killed Ferguson. The suspect then fled the scene.

Lilburn Police were able to identify the suspect as Fordyce through multiple tips from the public.
These tips were then corroborated and further investigation lead to the issuance of warrants for the arrest of Fordyce. These warrants were signed and sealed at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

To locate Fordyce, Lilburn investigators followed leads to the Doraville area of unincorporated DeKalb County, when they learned that Fordyce was in a business not far from them.
The DeKalb County Police were contacted, met with the Lilburn investigators, and Fordyce was taken into custody without incident.

Fordyce is currently in the Gwinnett County Detention Center and is charged with one count of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of felony theft by shoplifting.

Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley wants to thank the hundreds of citizens who responded to the media’s coverage of this story.
Without this coverage and the tremendous number of tips that were provided to the investigators, this case would have been much more difficult to solve.

A memorial fund has been established to assist the family HERE

3 Bouncers Shot-2 Dead in Chicago privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

CHICAGO IL April 13 2016 In just three weeks, shots have rung out at a dozen Chicago nightclubs injuring three bouncers and killing two others.

Despite his bad luck at the door of city clubs, when Moe hears about a bouncer or security guard being killed at work, he counts his blessings.

Moe has worked the club scene long enough to know that danger can come at any moment.

The slayings have some of the city’s bouncers and nightclub security guards calling for higher pay and some sort of security for their families if they don’t make it back home.

The family of Angel Ortiz Jr., 51, who was shot dead while working the door at Brudder’s in Irving Park on April 2, had to raise money online for his funeral expenses.

Just last week, a 29-year-old security guard at Darrin’s Cocktail Lounge, 1249 E. 87th St., was shot after denying entry to a regular.
On March 25, Andrew Love was shot dead while breaking up a fight at the 50 Yard Line bar in Greater Grand Crossing.

“He was always the first one trying to break up a fight — he’s a big guy,” said Natali Wright, Love’s fiancé. “That guy who was armed, he just turned around and started shooting.”

It’s dangerous job and you never know whose packing said Moe who has been stabbed twice and shot at several times during his career in security.

A bouncer who once worked at The Shrine, which was recently shut down due to a shooting that left two people wounded, told DNAinfo that a union for bouncers is needed more than ever.

“I believe we need a union for higher pay, benefits, medical insurance, and to provide for families in case we do get injured or die on the job,” the bouncer, who wanted to remain anonymous for job security reasons, said. “When I hear about bouncers being shot, I hope it’s no one I know, how it could of been me, is the job worth the money we make in such a dangerous city? What their families have lost over nothing.”

Mike O’Connor has worked as a bouncer at bars in Chicago on and off for the past 20 years. When he heard about the shootings, he said it is a sobering reminder of the downside of what he signed up for.

“It’s always in the back of your mind. Like the gentleman at Brudder’s. He was doing his job breaking up fights and someone took a shot at him,” O’Connor said. “When you think it’s over, it can kick off again. That is the worst part.”

Some people come in looking for a fight said a security guard who has worked clubs in Dallas, Detroit and Chicago. They’re looking for trouble before they ever hit the door. We try to get them out peacefully and hope that they’re smart enough to leave quietly. But sometimes, that’s not their intent and fists fly. And yeah, some club bouncers think they’re tough guys too and have the wrong temper to be working bars and clubs.

Nightclub security guards duties are to keep the peace, prevent people who want to stir up trouble from coming in and to protect our employer said Moe. That’s what we do.