Mount Vernon NY man pleads guilty in murder of security officer

Mount Vernon Man, 33, Pleads Guilty to Murder of Security Guard

Mount Vernon NY July 23 2015 Mount Vernon resident Dontan Jenkins, 33, pleaded to Second Degree Murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in connection with the July 2014 killing of security guard Richard Brown, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced.

Jenkins, who was also a security guard at the Levister Towers Apartment complex in Mount Vernon, shot and killed Brown after the pair had two altercations on the job.

According to DiFiore, Jenkins was a licensed, unarmed security guard supervisor, and Brown had only been employed as a security guard at the building for 10 days at the time of the incident.

In the early morning hours of July 21, 2014, after the two men had argued, Jenkins “returned to the apartment complex, approached [Brown] who was manning the security guard booth and fired 3 shots through the front plexi-glass window striking and killing [him].”

Mount Vernon Police responded to the scene and arrested Jenkins a short time later.

Jenkins has been remanded to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla and is scheduled to be sentenced in October. He faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone, Chief of the Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case.

Hospital security officer beaten-carjacked-dies


LOS ANGELES CA July 22 2015 A 57-year-old man has died after police say he was attacked during a carjacking over the weekend.

Dario Rosas was carjacked and beaten to death outside his San Fernando home late Saturday night.

“I don’t understand why this happened and I don’t know why. They didn’t have to beat him like they did. They didn’t,” said Virginia Kelly, the victim’s sister.

Kelly described Rosas as a good man who kept to himself and worked hard as a security guard at a nearby hospital. He also took care of his mother, who is disabled.

Detectives say Rosas was coming home from work as a security guard around 11:30 p.m. July 18.

When he exited his car to open his front gate, he was attacked.

Police say the suspect then took off in Rosas’ car.

Rosas was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

“I’m just hoping that after the first few blows that he was unconscious and didn’t know what else had hit him,” Kelly said.

Detectives say the victim’s car was later found in Panorama City and has been impounded by authorities for evidence, checking for fingerprints.

Family members say they think this was a random attack and said Rosas didn’t have any enemies.

Police said it’s not known whether the victim and suspect were acquainted.

“You didn’t have to kill him,” said Kelly in a message to her brother’s attackers. “You knew what you were doing. You knew you wanted him dead because of the way he was beaten.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with more information about this case was asked to contact Detective Gene Parshall of the Mission Homicide Unit at (818) 838-9954.

2 Security Officers Die in Shootings

LOS ANGELES CA A 57-year-old security officer has died after police say he was attacked during a carjacking over the weekend.
Dario Rosas, a hospital security officer was carjacked and beaten to death outside his San Fernando home late Saturday night as he was returning from work.
“I don’t understand why this happened and I don’t know why. They didn’t have to beat him like they did. They didn’t,” said Virginia Kelly, the victim’s sister.
Kelly described Rosas as a good man who kept to himself and worked hard as a security guard and took care of his mother, who is disabled.
Detectives say Rosas was coming home from work as a security guard around 11:30 p.m. July 18. They believe that he may have been targeted and followed from work.
When he exited his car to open his front gate, he was attacked.
Police say the suspect then took off in Rosas’ car.
Rosas was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“I’m just hoping that after the first few blows that he was unconscious and didn’t know what else had hit him,” Kelly said.

Miami Gardens FL An argument outside a Miami Gardens strip club led to a shooting that left a security guard dead and two people injured early Tuesday, Miami Gardens Police confirm.
The shooting occurred just outside the Mint Lounge located at 2510 Northwest 187th Street in Miami Gardens around 4 a.m. The club is in close proximity to City Hall and to the future Miami Gardens Police headquarters which is still under construction.
One of the three shooting victims, a security guard died at the scene. The conditions of the other two shooting victims were not immediately known.
Police closed off Northwest 187th Street at Northwest 27th Avenue for several hours due to the investigation.
The gunman remains at large.
These are the seventh and eighth security officer killed this week in at least 53 armed confrontations involving private security.

Suspect in security guard’s death was out on bond for murder


HOUSTON TX July 19 2015– Houston police have arrested a suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a security guard.

Jeremy Wayne Miller is charged with murder in the death of 55-year-old security guard Daniel Arp.

Arp was gunned down while working security at the St. Joseph Condominiums in the 8200 block of Park Place Boulevard. Surveillance video showed the victim talking with a man before he was shot. That video helped lead to Miller.

When officers arrested Miller Thursday night, they say he tried to grab one cop’s gun and escape, but they stopped him.

Miller was out on bond for a 2014 murder and was wearing a court-mandated ankle monitor when Arp was shot.
Investigators say he shot and killed Tremayne Richardson last July.
Miller was released in that case after posting bond.


Houston police charge man in 2009 killing of Club Security Guard


Houston TX July 19 2015 A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal 2009 shooting of of a security guard at the former Club Tranz in northwest Harris County, detectives announced.

Shedrick Rhine was identified as a possible suspect in the death of James Thomas when cold-case investigators took another look at the case in 2012.

New information obtained by investigators was enough to charge Rhine with murder.  Investigators obtained surveillance video and vehicle information.

Sheriff’s deputies said Rhine got into a fight inside the former Club Tranz on West Richey Road in 2009.

Thomas, 26, was working the front entrance of the nightclub along with two other security guards.

Authorities said Rhine got mad after being kicked out, went to his vehicle and got a handgun, which he fired into the crowd.

Thomas was hit, along with Justin Jones and Thurston Kessee.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.  Rhine fled on foot.

Rhine was charged with murder and is being held at the Harris County Jail without bail.

U.S. Marshals and police arrest third person in murder of security officer

Little Rock AR July 18 2015 U.S. marshals and Little Rock police have arrested a third suspect in the slaying of a 68-year-old security guard in his home July 8, police said Friday night.

Calvin Thornton Jr., 27, of 2100 S. Valentine St. was arrested Friday at 1600 S. Pierce St. on a capital-murder charge in the death of Fred Pohnka Jr., Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Steven McClanahan said via email.

McClanahan said Thornton would be booked into the Pulaski County jail. The jail’s website didn’t yet list him as an inmate.

Thornton was the third suspect identified in the case. Malcolm Jamel Cooksey, 24, and Alexandria Levette Martin, 27, have also been arrested in connection with the killing.

Pohnka, a security guard at Region’s Bank, was found beaten to death with a blunt object in his home at 1217 S. Jackson St. His wallet, cellphone, TV and gun were stolen, according to a police report.

2 Security Officers Shot- 1 Dead in Maryland

Prince George County MD July 17 2015

Two security officers have been shot and one has died in an overnight shooting at a Maryland apartment complex.

The security guards were at the Central Garden Apartments complex on Cindy Lane in Capitol Heights.

Prince George police responded to calls of shots fired at the complex at around 1:00am according to officers.

A resident said that she heard five gunshots between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Neighbors said the apartments have armed security guards that routinely patrol the area.

It’s not clear if the guards fired their weapons or what occurred.

Police initially closed a number of roads in the area, including Central Avenue, though those road closures were open again by 5:20 a.m.

The identity of the security officers have not been released.

Little Rock police make two arrests in security officer murder

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. July 16 2015 Police have arrested a man wanted in connection to the Jackson Street homicide.

According to Lt. Steve McClanahan, Malcolm Jamel Cooksey, 24, was wanted for capital murder and theft of property in the death of 68-year-old Fred Pohnka, Jr., who died at his home on Jackson Street last week. Cooksey was reportedly captured on the 2700 block of South Jackson Street.

McClanahan said investigators have determined that Pohnka was beaten to death with a blunt object.

One woman has already been arrested in connection to the case. Alexandria Martin, 27, was arrested for capital murder, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by receiving Tuesday evening.

The three people previously mentioned in other reports have been questioned by the Little Rock Police Department. Their names have not been released.

“We’re not saying that they’re associates. I don’t believe that that’s the case. Because there was no forced entry, they probably did know him,” Lt. Steven McClanahan with the Little Rock Police said.

If you have any information about this case, you’re asked to call (501) 404-3011.

Houston security officer shot to death at apartments complex

HOUSTON TX July 15 2015 For the second time today, a security officer has been killed while on duty.
The latest death is a security officer who was fatally shot at an apartment complex in southeast Houston early Wednesday morning.
Houston police say that a security officer on duty was shot multiple times between 2am and 3am at the St. Joseph complex along Park Place Blvd. and the Gulf Freeway.
Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots and then discovered the security guard’s body.

Surveillance video shows a vehicle at the front of the complex at the time of the shooting. It also shows a man, but at this point, it’s not clear if that man was involved.

One resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said he was always worried for the security guard’s safety.

“The way he would operate, I was scared for him because I know there are usually people hiding out in here,” he said.

Residents told us that the security officer had worked at the property for quite some time.

Police towed away a resident’s vehicle. The car’s owners said there was a bullet hole in the side and they wanted it as evidence.
Police have not released the name of the security officer yet.

Armored truck guard dies in ejection accident

TUCSON, AZ July 15 2015  – Authorities say an armored truck security guard was ejected from the vehicle and fatally injured following a collision on Interstate 10 in Tucson.
The truck and another vehicle collided causing the rear door to open and eject the security officer onto the Interstate.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the truck collided with another vehicle and then struck a freeway wall. That’s when the back door opened and the guard was ejected.
The security officer may have also have been hit by at least one other vehicle.

The accident occurred on westbound I-10 at Speedway Boulevard during the Monday morning commute, closing two lanes so DPS could investigate the accident.
The lane closures caused a backup of westbound I-10 for more than two miles.
The Department of Transportation urged travelers to take alternate routes.

The security officer who was employed by Garda was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim has not been released yet.
The accident is under investigation and there may be criminal charges filed.

Bank security officer found murdered at home


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  July 11 2015 A Little Rock home was ransacked and the body of the man who lived there was found inside.

Little Rock police are searching for a suspect as neighbors are left in disbelief that something like this would happen on their street.

The victim was identified as 68-year-old Fred Pohnka Jr. on Wednesday afternoon.

“I just can’t believe it. I just talked to him on the phone,” Rochelle Moore explained. Shock and disbelief spread throughout the neighborhood as news traveled about Wednesday morning’s homicide. Moore added, “Really hard. Really hard to even imagine.”

Police say there was no forced entry but the house was ransacked. Inside they found Pohnka dead from a gunshot wound. Sheena Cleveland lives next door and said, “I wanted to cry.”

Police say when they arrived on scene, contact was made with two supervisors with a security company who told officers they had received a call from Regions Bank. Ponkha was reportedly a security guard at the bank. According to police, representatives of the bank told the security company that Ponkha had not arrived for work that morning, so his supervisors went to check on him.

Police said that no one answered the door when supervisors arrived at the home, so they called 911. Officers are said to have found Ponkha deceased in the kitchen.

Those who knew Pohnka say he was well liked by everyone in the community. Brenda Harris said, “He was like a pillar of the community. Anywhere he saw you he would speak. You walk by to go to the store, he would speak to you.”

News of the 16th homicide of the year infuriates Reverend Benny Johnson, with the Stop the Violence movement.

“Our city is out of control and we just need some help from the state.”

Johnson said he has asked to meet with the governor previously, but his request was not met. Which is why he personally hand-delivered a letter to the Governor’s office on Wednesday, requesting help.

Inside the Governor’s office, Johnson explained, “Wrote a letter to the Governor, gave it to you. I called back and hadn’t heard back from him for about a week. They said he never got the letter.” Johnson was told Governor Asa Hutchinson was not in the office at the time.

But back on Jackson Street, Moore says, “Just his…smile… his personality.”

Police continue combing through evidence, while the community grieves and remembers their neighbor as the friendly person they say he was. Harris said, “To see this on Jackson is really heartbreaking. He was a very nice man. He will be missed.”

Houston security officer found shot to death

Houston TX July 6 2015  Police are investigating the murder of a Houston security officer.

Police found the man’s body shot and left for dead in a parking lot last night in southwest Houston.

Officers were called out around 8pm to a manufacturing business on Highway 288 and the South Loop near NRG Stadium.

The security guard there was lying dead in the parking lot and police say that he had been shot sometime in the past 24 to 48 hours.

Police say it looks like his phone was used by someone just before the man was killed.

Police are still working to find a motive and a suspect.

The name of the security officer and his employer was not released during the initial press release.

Detroit man admits to killing security officer sent to prison

DETROIT MI July 4 2015

A man who admitted to shooting and killing a Highland Park reserve police officer who was working security at a night club has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Walter Jennings pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Roderick Jones’ death.

He was sentenced Thursday to 20 to 50 years on the murder charge and also five years on a felony firearms charge.

“I apologize to my family. I am sorry,” Jennings said in court.

Jones was shot multiple times Feb. 7 outside the Opyum Lounge on Eight Mile Road.

Jones was working as a security guard at the Lounge and told Jennings he would have to leave. Shortly after, Jennings shot Jones.

Jones was also a combat veteran, having served as U.S. Army Ranger.

Oakland man found guilty of murder of security officer, truck driver

Karl Sanft Photo: Hayward Police

Oakland CA June 26 2015 A judge on Wednesday convicted a man of two counts of first-degree murder for killing a security guard and a truck driver during a 2010 robbery and brutal attack at a Hayward auto-auction lot.

The truck driver was sleeping on the lot, but the killer was accused of waking him up and stabbing him, saying, “God doesn’t like snitches.”

Karl George Sanft, who turned 40 Wednesday, was convicted after a bench trial before retired Judge Joseph Hurley in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

The case now moves to a sanity phase. Sanft has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and after closing arguments by both sides Monday, Hurley will announce Tuesday whether he believes Sanft was sane when he killed security guard Angelito Erasquin, 63, of Hayward and truck driver Jim Wightman, 56, of Central Point, Ore.

If the judge finds that Sanft was sane, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. If he is found insane, he will be sent to a state mental hospital.

Prosecutors said Sanft, hoping to steal a car, drove a Mitsubishi Mirage to the sprawling Manheim San Francisco Bay auto-auction business on Auction Way, just east of Interstate 880, in the early morning of Feb. 2, 2010. He used the car to ram through the locked front gate.

Erasquin, who was not armed, confronted Sanft and told him that the police had been called. The guard tried to run but was chased down by Sanft, who used a knife to stab him 17 times, authorities said. Sanft also stole the guard’s wallet, watch and other property, police said.

Sanft removed the rear license plate of a Chevrolet Trailblazer at the lot and stole boxes containing keys and documents for vehicles, police said. He was about to leave when he spotted Wightman sleeping in the cab of his idling auto-transport truck.

Security Officer Dies in DUI Accident

San Juan PR June 13 2015

An on-duty security officer was the victim of a drunk driving accident this week and suffered serious injuries according to police.
The security officer was taken to an area hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
Police have arrested the driver of the other vehicle but the exact charges have not yet been determined.
The name of the security officer is pending release.

Pimlico Race Course security officer shot to death

Baltimore MD June 11 2015

A man shot and killed on a Pimlico Race Course parking lot this past weekend worked at the track as a security officer and may have been the victim of robbery according to police.

Relatives of Kevin Jones told the media that they want to know why the 22-year-old was killed and who did it.

“We just can’t get around this. It’s so sad. Can’t get around it,” said Earlene Neals, the victim’s grandmother.

Relatives described Jones as a quiet, good-natured person who stayed to himself. Each day, he walked to work from his grandmother’s house just a few blocks from the race track. He was shot multiple times on the track’s parking lot around 5 a.m. Sunday.

“He went to work every day, stayed out of trouble. He was doing what he was supposed to do. I don’t understand this,” said Jones’ father, Reginald Jones. “He came home from work, came in. He loved old music. He would be in his room playing old music. I can’t grasp this.”

A spokesman for Pimlico would only say Kevin Jones worked at the race course. His family said they have learned few details from the police investigation. Detectives have said the victim was walking across the parking lot when he was approached by an unknown person and shot.

Not guilty pleas for East Bay men accused of 2014 killing of security guard

San Jose CA June 4 2015 Four men pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and robbery charges in the last year’s killing of a security guard near the MacArthur BART Station.

The charges against Joel Robinson, 21, of Berkeley, Amari Harmon, 18, of San Leandro, and Oakland residents Tony Reed, 23, and Steven Hall, 24, make the defendants eligible for death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say that on Dec. 5, 2014, the group lured 20-year-old Oakland resident Hamilton Rodriguez-Ramos to the 500 block of 37th Street and that Harmon shot him.

Rodriguez-Ramos, who was a security guard at an East Oakland beauty supply store, died of his wounds four days later.

Harmon was 17 at the time but is being prosecuted as an adult.

The defendants are being jailed without bail. They return to court July 20 to schedule a preliminary hearing.
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Broward County fails to indict police in shooting death of 73 year old security officer

Broward County FL June 3 2015 Last month, grand juries cleared two police shooting cases that were brought to them by the state attorney’s office in Broward County, including a case in which an elderly security guard was killed after he had called police to report a suspicious person.

n September, 2012, Earl David Brown, 73, was securing the grounds of the recycling facility for the past 35 years when he reportedly noticed a “prowler” on the grounds. Brown called the Lauderhill police department for assistance. But when the cops arrived, they saw Brown, who was armed, and shot him.

Brown was taken to the hospital where he fought for his life for two weeks until his body finally gave out. In January 2014, the City of Lauderhill paid $300,000 in a wrongful death settlement to Brown’s widowed wife.

Despite the egregious error on the part of Lauderhill police, a grand jury returned a “no true bill” verdict, on May 20 according to the state attorney’s office, and the officers have been cleared of any potential criminal charges.


JUNE 1 2015

(Medium age = 47)

This data includes the positions of:

Uniform Contract Security Officers
Proprietary Security Personnel
Non-Sworn Campus Public Safety
Private-Sworn Police Officers
Retail Security including Loss Prevention Agents
Nightclub Bouncers-Doormen-Security Guards
Law Enforcement Officers Killed While Working Private Security Details

And other positions whose primary functions involved security and protection of persons and property.

The following information is a study and analytical collection of data pertaining to the number of private security officers killed in the line of duty during the past fifteen years.

This comprehensive report was compiled by our staff using news media, official press releases, law enforcement media releases, governmental data, public records, and first hand reporting as well as statistical data collected by our news department since 2004.

The actual deaths and injuries may be between 10-15 % higher than what is being reported.

The reason for this difference includes inaccurate reporting by state agencies that collect the data, incomplete or no media report covering deaths of security personnel and classification errors that misrepresent the job title of the person killed when official reports are filed.

The data, collected by our full time news and research staff has shown both substantial decreases and increases in security officer deaths during the past fifteen years which mirrors statistics for the law enforcement community.

Injuries, workplace violence and armed assaults have increased by approximately 34%.

The five areas where deaths of security personnel occur most often has shifted slightly during the past fifteen years and currently include:

Nightclubs: bars, adult entertainment and restaurants that serve alcohol

Loss Prevention-Retail Security including shopping malls and centers, big box and specialty retailers and pharmacies

Residential including apartments, condominiums, long term hotels, Homeowner Associations (HOA’s)

General Security Assignments including office and mixed use complexes, special events and patrol assignments

Armored Cars

States with most deaths during the past 15 years include:
New York


Gunshot  66.9
Blunt Force Trauma 11.6
Medical/Health Emergencies  5.8
Workplace Hazards  5.7
Bladed Instruments  5.6
Motor Vehicle Accidents  4.4

The overwhelming majority of all on-duty security officer deaths were the direct result of the security officer being a victim of robbery, violent attacks and assaults or being involved in a heroic action  to detain, arrest or stop someone in the act of committing a crime, while protecting life and property.
Almost 85% of all deaths were directly related to a deadly force act against the security officer while less than fifteen percent of the deaths resulted from medical emergencies, motor vehicle or training accidents or workplace hazards.
Injuries, assaults, armed confrontations and workplace violence in the areas of loss prevention, residential community security, general patrol assignment and special event locations have seen substantial yearly increases since 2005 and as security officer duties continue to include enforcement components, this trend will only increase.
Security officers assigned to hospitals, schools and hotel properties are also increasingly assaulted and injured and there assignments now rank in the top ten high risk assignments for security personnel.

Atlanta area security officer found shot to death


EAST POINT, Ga. May 24 2015  — East Point police are investigating the death of a security guard found in a crashed white SUV next to Clarus Linen Service.

Police say one of the businesses employees called 911 to report an SUV crashed into the fence outside their building.

The employee also told police the front of the SUV caught fire when it crashed, but another employee put it out.

Police say the man behind the wheel of the truck was a security guard at Tri-Cities Plaza, which is about 300 feet from the crash scene.

Investigators found broken glass in the parking lot that matches the glass from the crashed SUV.

According to police, the security guard was shot and involuntarily put his foot on the gas pedal.

Police are investigating this as a suspicious death.