Joel Robinson, 21, was expected to be arraigned in an Oakland courtroom Tuesday on one count of murder in the slaying of 20-year-old Hamilton Rodriguez-Ramos, who was shot and robbed Dec. 5 in the 500 block of 37th Street. Rodriguez-Ramos, of Oakland, a security guard at a hair supply business in East Oakland, died from his wounds Dec. 9.
Court papers show Robinson is also charged with a special circumstance allegation that makes him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole and that he is one of four men accused in Rodrigues-Ramos’ death.
Oakland police Acting Lt. Randy Brandwood said the trio lured Rodriguez-Ramos to the 37th Street site, an area where they hang out, to rob him. Police say he was shot without provocation and robbed of cash and other items. His car was also taken and it was later recovered near the home of someone related to Reed, police said.
Tips from community members and video surveillance placing the three suspects in the area led to their arrests, Brandwood said. Each were being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail on Tuesday.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3821.
Michael Lawson was found guilty in December of killing Marcel Jackson, a member of the crime-fighting community group Detroit 300. Jackson, a 39-year-old married father of six, was shot to death in June 2012 while working as a security officer for the downtown Pandemonium nightclub.
Lawson was sentenced to 371/2 to 75 years in prison, according to Mark Bernardi, a spokesman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. He was convicted of second-degree murder while another man, Carl Bruner, was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced last month to life in prison.
The murder was “shocking, outrageous and more than sad,” Wayne County Circuit Judge Craig Strong said at Bruner’s sentencing.
“It’s a senseless killing of a man who was loved by his family … who was trying to do the right thing.”
Lawson’s sentencing was postponed to Friday because his attorney had surgery and was not able to read the presentence report, according to attorney David Steingold, who stood in for Lawson’s attorney last month.
Bruner, who gave the Jackson family his condolences, said in court, “I did not commit this crime.” Bruner said he is not the same height as the man police were looking for and he was not in the club around the time the dispute erupted.
“I’m being framed for this crime,” said Bruner, who added he grew up with the Jackson family. He said he plans to appeal.
Before Bruner was sentenced, Jackson’s widow, Hollie, and Jackson’s mother, Carolyn Warrior, spoke. The two women cried and held each other up as they spoke of the pain of losing Jackson.
“Marcel was a great father and a great man who would give you the shirt off his back,” Hollie Jackson said. “I don’t have any hatred in my heart for any one of them. I just want them to realize what they took away from my home and this community.”
Warrior said her son was a protector and a peacemaker who gave up some of his family time to canvass Detroit streets to rid the city of crime “because he loved the city so much.”
Warrior said her heart goes out to Bruner, whom she “loved like a son.” She said her heart also goes out to his mother and family.
“I lost a son. They lost a son as well,” she said.
The night he was killed, Jackson reportedly had removed a man, who authorities identified as Bruner, from Pandemonium for hitting a woman. The man returned to the bar after closing, allegedly to retrieve his cellphone, but security guards would not let him back inside because he refused to be patted down for possible weapons.
The man returned with someone else and fired shots. Jackson was wounded in the back and died at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Bruner and Lawson were arrested after a two-year investigation.
Following Bruner’s sentencing, Strong warned parents in the courtroom to be sure their children make smart decisions and stay out of trouble.
Strong said “we gotta keep our children close” as he spoke about seeing the “same people” who show up in his courtroom and others committing crimes.
Aaron Williams, 33, pleaded no contest Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the August 2010 killing of John “Andy” Mick. Williams and two other men previously stood trial in summer 2014 on charges from the killing.
Jurors found Williams guilty in July of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Mick’s death. He was also charged with first-degree felony murder, but jurors were unable to return a verdict on that count.
A second trial on the murder charge was expected to begin Wednesday, but the plea agreement was reached before the case made it back in front of a jury.
“We agreed to 35 years on the minimum, plus two for felony firearm,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “He’ll be 70 years old before he becomes parole-eligible.”
Williams’ attorney, Glenn Cotton, could not be reached for comment on the plea.
Authorities argued Mick was finishing his shift around 4 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010, at Riverview Village apartments, just north of downtown, when two men, Floyd Perkins and Kenya Hyatt, approached him and tried to steal his gun. A struggle ensued and Mick was shot to death.
Cotton said previously that his client provided the gun that was used in the robbery and killing.
Perkins and Hyatt were both convicted of first-degree felony murder during the 2014 trial and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Williams was previously sentenced to 25-50 years for the armed robbery charges. Those sentences will run concurrently to the murder sentence. A two-year felony firearm sentence will run consecutively.
Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton is scheduled to sentence Williams on the murder charge March 16.
San Bernardino CA Feb 18 2015
Police Tuesday were looking for two suspects who shot and killed a 25-year-old security officer at a marijuana dispensary.
The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Monday in the 2800 block of W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino police said.
Witnesses said the men tried to rob the store just before closing when shots were fired.
The security officer, identified as Anthony Pineda of Rowland Heights, was able to wound one of the suspects before he died, officials said.
Witnesses heard the suspect state that he had been shot as he ran across the parking lot,” Sgt. Carl Williams.
Police believe that one suspect could be in critical condition based on the large amount of blood found outside the store. An alert has been put out to local hospitals for a gunshot victim.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the dispensary’s doors locked.
“They broke the front glass door and found the victim alone in a back room,” Sgt. Williams added.
Detectives were trying to access security camera footage, but employees were not cooperating with the investigation as marijuana dispensaries are illegal in San Bernardino.
“It’s very frustrating. I mean I just think if it was your loved one in there . . . we could do our job a lot better if everyone would be cooperative with us and just give us the information,” Lt. Rich Lawhead said.
Monday night’s incident was the second fatal shooting to occur in the strip mall within a year.
In July 2014, a 28-year-old man was shot in the back and police have yet to make an arrest in the case.
PITTSBURGH PA Feb 18 2015 Police responded to a shooting at a nightclub in the city’s Homewood section at around midnight and found two security officers suffering from gunshots.
According to police, they received a call of people shot at the Rendezvous Phase III club and found one security officer shot multiple times and a female security shot once.
Harvey Scott was charged Tuesday with homicide and a gun violation in the death of Deion Nesbitt.
Police say Scott shot Nesbitt three times and then turned the gun on a female guard when they confronted him about pulling a gun from his ankle.
The female security officer’s condition wasn’t immediately available.
Police said that Scott fled the shooting and crashed near-by. He was treated for minor injuries and then arrested and taken to the police headquarters.
In March 2014, a man was fatally shot and four customers were wounded in a shooting at the bar.
Federal investigators were on the scene of a deadly shooting and robbery until 10 p.m. Thursday night, almost eight hours after it happened.
Three masked men ambushed the Brinks armored truck, which was parked in front of the Capital One Plaza in the 5700 block of Westheimer Road, near the intersection of Chimney Rock.
“We had two guards from Brinks here doing their duties when three masked men approached them, opened fire on one of them,” said Kese Smith with the Houston Police Department. “One of the guards, a second guard fired back.”
That woman, who was the driver of the truck, was trying to protect herself and her co-worker, a man she had worked with side-by-side for many years, her family told Channel 2 news.
Sadly, the partner was hit by the robber’s bullet and died at the hospital.
“My mom, you know, was crying, she was in a frantic state,” said Krystle Reed, the woman’s daughter. “He was like a friend of the family. That’s her friend, she was trying to protect him. She’s a protector.”
Reed said her mom has driven a truck for Brinks for the past 10 years, a job she loved but her family did not. Reed said they always knew it was dangerous and reminded her to wear her bulletproof vest when she left for work every day.
“She needs to get a new job,” Reed said. “It’s just too dangerous.”
Police located the robbers’ getaway car a short time after the shooting, it was only a few blocks away.
Their white, Ford F-250 pickup truck was abandoned in a parking garage. The men were not inside and remain on the run.
Investigators with the FBI and the Houston Police Department continue to investigate. Since the suspects were wearing masks they don’t have any descriptions of what they look like.
It’s unclear if they got away with any money in the robbery.
DETROIT MI Feb 8 2015
Detroit Police say a security officer was shot and killed early this morning.
The off-duty Highland Park Police reserve officer was killed outside of the Opyum Lounge on 8 Mile near Telegraph. He was later identified as Roderick Jones, 33 a military veteran.
Police say that the security guard ejected a couple of men out of the club. Then, police say they waited outside for the officer. When he came out to check the parking lot, they shot at him two or three times, striking him according to police.
A patron saw what was going on and shot back at the two men who were shooting at the officer.
The officer was taken to Botsford Hospital, where he died in surgery.
According to police, all three men involved in the shooting were taken into custody.
Police are not identifying anyone involved in this incident at this time.
A police spokesperson stated that through forensic analysis, Miami-Dade Police have arrested 21-year-old Loudy Joseph on a first-degree murder charge.
Joseph allegedly shot 30-year old security guard Vinel Lamour at the guard shack located at the Center Court Apartments at 14899 NE 18 Ave. on January 25th.
When officers arrived to the call, they found Lamour on the floor. He was unresponsive, police said.
Crews rushed Lamour to Ryder Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.
Four U.S. contractors killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s Kabul airport worked for a Fayetteville-based firm. Among those killed Thursday was a former Fayetteville police officer.
Retired Fayetteville Police Chief Ron Hansen, colleagues, and friends confirmed Walt Fisher was among this week’s causalities. Fisher served on the force throughout the 90s and early 2000s. He left about a decade ago to transition into government contracting, said another former colleague.
“He was one of mine,” said Ron Hansen. “He was a good guy, and a damn shame he had to die like he did.”
Fisher died alongside two other contractors and an Afghan-national in a shooting attack that happened early Thursday evening. The attack took place in the military section of the North Kabul International Airport. A single gunman killed them.
A fourth U.S. contractor was wounded in the attack. The contractors all work for Fayetteville-based Praetorian Standard, Inc. a firm specializing in global security and operational support.
On Friday, the company released a statement confirming the deceased and wounded contractors worked for them in Afghanistan while supporting the efforts of the U.S. Government.
“This was a terrible day for the families involved, our company and the United States,” the statement read. “We are shocked by the tragic nature of these deaths and offer our deepest condolences to the families of these brave men.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and said the Taliban fighter had infiltrated the ranks of Afghan forces to stage the attack and wore an Afghan police uniform.
The Afghan official, who is with the Defense Ministry, said the attacker was in an Afghan army uniform. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing.
“That’s the same thing they say whenever it happens,” Hansen shook his head. “‘It wasn’t an Afghan soldier. It was somebody that stole the uniform. But that’s just me… I don’t believe it.”
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Hansen spoke about the deep network of former local law enforcement personnel turned government contractors and the underlying feeling about working in Afghanistan.
“Some of them told me they felt that internally that it was about time they got out of there, and some do,” he said. “But I think Walt stayed… perhaps too long.”
Hansen has fond memories of a skilled officer, who former colleague Lynne Greene described as a “gentle giant.”
Greene provided a picture to ABC11 featuring the police department’s Roll’RZ band, which travels around to area schools entertaining children and staff. In the 1990s, Fisher volunteered as the sound man who had no problem picking up equipment with his large, burly frame.
“They nicknamed him ‘Rody,'” laughed Hansen. “They say ‘Wait for the Rody, wait ’til Walt gets here’ and Walt would pick up these speakers. He was just a big, friendly guy always willing to do the job.”
Via email with former colleagues turned contractors, Hansen and the group often acknowledged overseas deployments.
“A lot of times it’s just kind of over a group email, just “Hey, how you doing? Be safe, keep your head down.'”
It’s an exchange he’ll no longer have with Fisher.
“There are many that return after a number of years, and I’ll recall talking to one recently who said ‘I just had a bad feeling. It was time for me to leave [Afghanistan].’ So he left,” said Hansen. “And they make good money, but the risk is tough.”
David Angelo Montano, 27, will be sentenced to 19 years in prison as part of a plea agreement when he is sentenced March 2, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said.
Montano made offensive homophobic comments to several bar patrons during a gay and lesbian gathering at the Epic Social Bar and Lounge in Santa Rosa on July 3, 2013.
When the security guard asked him to leave and escorted him from the bar, Montano began swearing, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Montano turned toward the security guard outside the bar and shot him in the torso with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Montano, who had ties in Santa Rosa and Sacramento, fled but left his Oakland Raiders hat behind, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Santa Rosa police detectives identified Montano as the suspect from his DNA on the hat and witness descriptions of his distinctive facial tattoos. He was arrested a few days later in a relative’s house in Sacramento.
The security guard was seriously wounded and treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Montano is a Norteno gang member, and he also pleaded guilty to use of a firearm, the District Attorney’s Office said. Deputy District Attorney Robert Waner prosecuted the case.
WASHINGTON DC Feb 1 2015 Authorities confirmed today that three U.S. citizens working as security contractors were killed in separate attacks this week.
David Berry was killed during a militant attack on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli. Berry was a security contractor employed by Crucible, a Virginia based security firm.
Two security contractors also died during separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Walt Fisher and a yet to be identified second private security provider were killed during a Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s Kabul airport.
Fisher was a former police officer for the City of Fayetteville North Carolina, Retired Fayetteville Police Chief Ron Hansen confirmed on Friday. Fisher died alongside two other contractors and an Afghan-national in a shooting attack that happened early Thursday evening. The attack took place in the military section of the North Kabul International Airport. A single gunman killed them.
A fourth U.S. contractor was wounded in the attack. The contractors all work for Fayetteville-based Praetorian Standard, Inc. a firm specializing in global security and operational support.
MIAMI FL Jan 29 2015 Police are searching for the person responsible for shooting to death a security officer just a few hours into his shift.
Vinel L’Amour, 29, manned the security booth at the Center Court Apartments, located at 14897 N.E. 18 Ave.
His shift started at 11 p.m. Sunday and only a few hours later, at around 1 a.m., L’Amour was found inside the booth bleeding from at least one gunshot wound.
His loved ones said he had only been working there for a few months.
L’Amour’s family members, who live at the apartment complex and chose to remain anonymous, couldn’t think of anyone who would want to murder him. “Someone just walked up shot him, made sure he was dead and walked away,” said the victim’s sister-in-law. “We’re grieving and we just want justice for him.”
Police still have no leads and no motive behind the shooting.
According to L’Amour’s manager at First Class Security, investigators removed a camera at the security booth where L’Amour was shot. It may contain footage of the incident.
Police are not releasing much information about the shooting, but L’Amour’s brother is hoping someone knows something. “If somebody knows something, like, they can go forward. Tell us or call the police. Give us a lead. That’s all we’re looking for,” he said.
L’Amour was the father of an 8-year-old girl.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
MIAMI-DADE, Fla. Jan 23 2015 — A beloved school security guard lost her life in a horrific collision with a tractor trailer that left her car crushed, Thursday morning.
Susie Mae Gordon, 61, worked as a security guard at Miami Beach Senior High School for over 20 years.
According to Miami-Dade Police, Gordon was on her way to work, driving west on Northwest 79th Street trying to make a left turn onto Northwest 22nd Avenue. The truck driver was traveling east on 79th and had the right of way. He didn’t have time to stop, so he lost control, crashed into a palm tree and crushed the red sedan. Gordon died on impact.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on the scene sometime before 6 a.m.
“I was shocked,” said witness Brenda Facen. “It was the first time I’d ever seen a bad accident like that. You know, it happened, and I said, ‘Lord, she gone.’ That’s all I could say. She was gone.”
Family members arrived on the scene and broke down in tears as they watched Gordon’s body being removed from the mangled car.
The family of the tractor trailer driver said he was very also emotional at the scene of the accident. “When we got here, my immediate reaction was ‘where’s my father, how’s he doing?'” said the truck driver’s daughter Ana Argenao. “They didn’t want us to speak to him or to know anything about it, so we were nervous.”
“He’s shooken up,” said the truck driver’s son George Argenao Jr. “He’s never had an accident of this magnitude. He was just crying in the police car. He’s never had something like this.”
Authorities shut down 79th Street for hours as police conducted their investigation to determine the cause of the crash. The road was since reopened.
Back at Miami Beach Senior High School, staff members grew concerned when they did not hear from Gordon. They received news of her death after the security guard did not show up to work. “When we didn’t see her at 6:15, and she didn’t call in, something’s going on,” said Miami Beach Senior High Principal John Donohue. “Life stopped for all of us here for a few minutes.”
Students and staff at Miami Beach Senior High were distraught when they heard the news. “She really cared about the students, she cared about the staff, she wanted to make sure that she did everything in her power to keep everybody safe,” said Miami Beach Senior High Principal John Donohue. “We’re gonna miss her.”
Many students, like Franklin Fuller, cherished Gordon. “She made everybody feel at home — a mother figure. Hearing that today was just devastating,” he said.
“She would act like a parent figure sometimes, you know. Very nice lady,” said another student, Diego Baldizon.
One student said the news of Gordon’s death made him cry. “When I heard the accident I was literally in tears.” said Jonathan Taitz.
Gordon is remembered as a pleasant woman by students and staff. They said she greeted everyone with a smile. “She was very sweet,” said student Kerlea Harris. “It’s sad. You never know when it’s people’s time to go.”
The security guard also helped keep the school in order. “She would keep everybody in line,” said student Franklin Fuller. “That was her job, to make sure everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to be doing, but she did it in a way that everybody felt welcome.”
Another student, Gabriela Perez, said Gordon went to great lengths for the safety of the school. “She did whatever was necessary to protect us, and it’s a great loss for all of us,” Perez said.
The principal of the school said staff members are working with Gordon’s family to set up an event in her honor.
Grief counselors have also been made available to students at the high school.
The unanimous justices, in three separate opinions, concluded a deputy prosecutor’s PowerPoint show during closing arguments in the trial of Odies Delandus Walker was prejudicial and that the prosecutor — who is not named in the opinion — “appealed to the passion and prejudice” of the jury.
In a concurring opinion, Justice Gordon McCloud said some of the slides were “inflammatory and prejudicial because they highlighted the defendant’s race” — Allen is black — when race played no part in the crime.
“We cannot conclude with any confidence that Walker’s convictions were the result of a fair trial,” wrote Justice Mary Yu in the lead opinion. The court overturned all of his convictions and sent the case back to Pierce County.
Allen went to trial in March 2011 and, during closing arguments, prosecutors showed the jury a PowerPoint presentation to sum up their case in which to more than 100 of the 250 slides bore the headline “Defendant Walker Guilty of Premeditated Murder.” The words “Guilty” were superimposed over his face in a mug shot.
And the justices said the prosecution invoked “passion and prejudice” by juxtaposing pictures of the victim with photos of Walker and his family.
Walker was serving a life sentence.
It’s the second time in eight days that the justices have overturned a major first-degree murder conviction out of Pierce County for prejudicial statements by prosecutors.
Last Thursday, the justices ordered a new trial for Darcus Allen, who was convicted and sentenced to 420 years in prison as the getaway driver for Maurice Clemmons, who killed four Lakewood police officers in 2009. The unanimous court in that case found the prosecutor repeatedly misstated the law.
Walker was convicted as an accomplice of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, solicitation and conspiracy in connection with the June 2009 robbery. The Loomis guard, Kurt Husted, was shot in the face while transporting a bag of receipts from the Walmart to an armored truck in the parking lot. The robbers took a large bag and fled.
According to court documents and news reports, Walker’s girlfriend was a manager at the Walmart and had told him and another man, Walker’s cousin Calvin Finley, that she knew that hundreds of thousands of dollars in receipts were often transported by the armored car.
Finley, Walker and another man planned the robbery, and Finley shot the guard, according to court testimony and documents.
The girlfriend, Tonie Williams-Irby, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery charges. Finley pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and is serving a life sentence. A third man, Marshawn Turpin, pleaded guilty to murder, assault and robbery charges.
Walker and Williams-Irby reportedly went on a shopping spree after the robbery and spent $175 for dinner at a Red Lobster restaurant. When they were arrested, police found $20,000 in a safe in their home.
Antonio Mahon, 20, was nabbed by the NYPD’s violent felony squad early Friday, officials said. He shot Aaron Locklear, 30, and James Merced, 28, outside Brownsville’s Riverdale Osborne Towers on Nov. 28, cops said. Locklear, shot in the neck, was taken off life support and died Dec. 4.
Prosecutors hit Mahon was charged with 18 charges for the spree that allegedly included burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, trespassing and menacing.
Merced, still recovering from his wounds, said he didn’t know why Mahon shot him, but he’s glad he’s in custody.
“I know (Locklear’s) happy, too,” Merced said about his colleague. “May he rest.”
Chris Barbosa, whose son lives in Osborne Towers, said Locklear “was a good guy.”
“He was minding his own business and then all of a sudden he got shot,” Barbosa, 28, said. “It’s good that they found (his killer).”
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Putnam County FL Jan 9 2015 Family members of a Putnam County security officer whose remains were found Thursday in a wooded area of Marion County near the Ocala National Forest — said they had steeled themselves for that outcome.
“Honestly after the first of the week we were not expecting him to show back up,” said Charles Parrish, whose brother, 46-year-old Floyd “Andy” Parrish Jr. of Interlachen, went missing after returning from a visit with family in Athens, Ga., over the holidays.
He said his brother’s tendency to call family and friends frequently and his dedication to work made any deviation in those routines a major concern.
“The thing that we worried about the most is that he would not be found,” Charles Parrish said.
The body was recovered by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office with help from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
It was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Leesburg for positive identification and to determine cause of death, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators are not detailing exactly where the body was found or how they knew where to search, but an arrest has been made in the case on armed-burglary and auto-theft charges.
Richard Glenn Gertler, 52, also a security officer, of Keystone Heights is charged with stealing at least some of Andy Parrish’s extensive gun collection and his Ford Explorer.
Gertler met Parrish through their work as security officers and had been house-sitting after Parrish went away on Dec. 26. He told investigators Wednesday that he last saw Parrish about 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 and gave him $12,800 collected from selling the gun collection.
Gertler told detectives the only time he moved the Ford was to get it out of the way so he could leave Parrish’s house.
But now, police have charged him with stealing the SUV and taking it with another man about 60 miles north to a rural road east of Baldwin. He also is charged with armed burglary after Parrish’s suitcases, an empty holster and a gun case belonging to Parrish were found in the Explorer, according to the arrest report.
The SUV was found about 1 a.m. Saturday when a resident on Clifford Thomas Lane called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after seeing a person drop it off then get into a truck with someone else and drive off.
A man also interviewed by Putnam County Wednesday said Gertler called him to Parrish’s house that Friday and the two men took the Explorer to Jacksonville and left it there.
Parrish, who worked as a security guard and had long collected guns, was known to carry weapons in the SUV, the report said. He had about 100 guns stored in a safe that Charles Parrish said included AK-47s and M-14s and 9mm handguns.
“He [Gertler] was living there for that week, living in the house and had access to everything,” Parrish said.
There were no changes in Gertler’s charges Thursday, and no one else had been arrested, said Sgt. Hancel Woods.
Woods said the death is being investigated as a homicide.
Parrish was initially reported missing by his brother in Athens on Sunday, two days after he vanished and after their last contact as he almost reached home. Athens police contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, who went to the house where Parrish lived alone on Lakeview Court.
Gertler had been wanted for questioning after he was identified as Parrish’s house sitter.
In the initial missing-persons investigation by Athens police, investigators spoke with Gainesville police who were familiar with Parrish through his security work and said they had learned he wanted to sell the collection of guns and was asking for $50,000 but accepted a $28,000 deal.
Family members said reports that Parrish was selling his collection and that he was doing it to help a woman in Jacksonville were out of character. Charles Parrish said he believes the gun sale wasn’t something his brother would have ever permitted.
“I think the whole story of Andy wanting to sell his guns is just a cover story for the theft,” he said.
Ezekiel Isaiah George, 18, of Perris; Maurice Lamont Martin Jr., 17, of Perris; Prince Topaz Johnson, 20, of San Jacinto; Laquan Trice, 15, of Perris; and Adrian Gentry, 17, of Adelanto were all charged with suspicion of murder and attempted murder, according to authorities. Gang enhancements have followed each charge, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
All five were scheduled to be arraigned in San Bernardino Superior Court on Tuesday, but that date was pushed back.
Trice, Gentry and Martin will be prosecuted as adults, officials said.
Security officer Richard “Big Will” Williamson was shot and killed less than two hours into the new year when Martin and George each allegedly fired weapons into a crowd in the parking lot of the Cal Skate roller skating rink in Grand Terrace during a New Year’s Eve celebration. A second security officer was also struck by gunfire, as was a third man. Both survived. Their names were not disclosed.
About 400 people were attending an all-night celebration, according to authorities.Williamson, 48, owned Big Will Security Services based out of Riverside.
“He was more than just my father, he was my dad,” wrote Rebecca Williamson, Williamson’s daughter, on a GoFundMe.com page set up to raise money for funeral expenses and his family. “He was the best dad in the world, and not just for my brother and me. He was a second dad to many others as well. He was the best man that I have ever known. He was and will always be my hero and he will be forever missed.”