CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) – Some scary moments overnight at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte where a security guard had a gun struck in his face. Police continue to search for the robber.
The armed robbery happened right at the front entrance to the Whitewater Center. Once the sun goes down when the Whitewater Center closes a private security company comes to look over things and it was their guard who was robbed Monday night.
“Don’t shoot me. I have three kids,” the security guard said to the man who was pointing a gun in his face. The guard heard a knock on the window of the guard shack at the entrance to the USNWC around 11:30 p.m. Monday. He said he looked up and was staring down the barrel of a gun.
“It’s pretty scary that a security guard of all people would be robbed, being that they’re there to keep things safe and are often armed themselves, so that’s pretty disturbing,” Jodie Prosser said, a NWC visitor.
“Not surprised. Because of the location and nobody too much around at night,” Opal Conrad said, a NWC visitor.
The robber got away with an iPhone, an iPad and some cash, according to the police report. He has not been caught. CMPD will not say if they have any surveillance video. There is a camera at the top of the guard shack.
“Usually I feel very safe, there’s a lot of people around, a lot of employees and safety’s never been an issue at all here.”
Visitors said they aren’t afraid to come to the Whitewater Center during the day or for early evening events since the robbery happened at night after the center was closed.
“It doesn’t make me any more fearful that that happened last night being the time of day and no one else was here when it happened.”
FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to the private security company and the Whitewater Center. Neither would talk about the robbery or if there are any security changes following it.
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Ken Bradix runs security at Planet Hollywood, less than a block away from where Richard Rojas bailed out of his crashed car and tried to make a break for it.
“I turned around, I saw a car driving down 7th Avenue on the sidewalk and it was smoking,” he said. “[The driver] was screaming — no particular words — but he was screaming and flailing his arms in all kinds of directions.”
Bradix ran to the middle of the street and he and a traffic agent tackled Rojas to the ground while cops raced over to cuff him. He said Rojas seemed like he was on something.
He said that after the disturbed man was hauled away and he took a walk up the street the horror of what just happened sank in. He said he saw a couple of people on the ground while FDNY medics tended to them.
“As far as what I’ve seen today, I can’t really describe it in words,” Bradix said. “I can show you through feelings but I can’t say in words.”
Bradix said he did what anyone else would do. But in those nightmare moments, when he didn’t know what was going to happen next, he didn’t think of his own life.
“It was somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction. I did what any civic-minded person would do,” Bradix said. “In short, I just wanted to do the right thing.”
The AP reported that Planet Hollywood said Bradix “selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect.”
Going through security at airports may soon get even more strict as the threat of terrorism has now been determined to include the possibility of explosives packed inside a laptop or electronic tablet. Airport security expert Glen Winn says he’s been watching events in Washington, where the heads of United, American, and Delta Airlines have been involved in confidential meetings with Homeland Security and other federal agencies.
“There is a potential for a laptop explosive device or other electronic devices being brought on civilian aviation, particularly U. S. aviation, planes coming in to U. S. from several countries. He says primarily Eastern Europe and the Middle East, some already under restriction, but Winn thinks this could expand very quickly.
“I think a total ban is a possibility, just as we did with liquids.
He talks about the progressive screening procedures we saw in 1995 when liquids were banned from flights after an attack in Asia. How things changed after the terror attacks of 9-11; and where we are now. He says our laptops are likely the next targets.
“Preparations are being made for further restrictions on travel with electronic devices, it’s only a hair’s breadth away before that happens.”
Frank Fleming is a retired Captain for United Airlines and he recognizes that passengers would be inconvenienced.
“You’ve got a lot of people just flying for the day and they’re on that computer the whole time; that’s all they got with them so now they’re going to have to get a bag, check the bag and pay for it, there are repercussions.”
But safety is the top priority.
“That’s number one!”