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Planet Hollywood security guard tackled Times Square driver

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.”

Casino security guard dies after subduing assault suspect

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) – A security guard at Seneca Niagara Casino died Saturday after going into cardiac arrest, according to The Buffalo News. The newspaper says Thomas Dardes faced the complication after detaining a man, Quynshod Johnson-Taylor, 23, who reportedly punched a woman in the throat inside the casino’s Stir nightclub. The victim says she met Johnson-Taylor through an online dating site, according to The Buffalo News. Reports say he arranged to meet at the nightclub and got mad when she refused to let him take her home, leading to the punch. Niagara Falls police told The Buffalo News Johnson-Taylor tried leaving the area after assaulting the woman just before 3 a.m. Dardes was working security and caught the suspect.

The Buffalo News reports casino employees told police that Dardes was out of breath and looked pale after detaining the man. The article says he went to another room to lie down and went into cardiac arrest, according to police. The Buffalo News says Dardes was pronounced dead at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center shortly after the incident. Johnson-Taylor was charged with menacing and harassment for punching the woman, according to the news outlet. The Buffalo News says it is unclear whether or not he will be receive additional charges because of Dardes’ death.

CBS2 EXCLUSIVE: JFK Security Guard Says He’s Broke, ‘Emotionally Traumatized’ After Bogus Drug Bust

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Police said he was a drug dealer, he told them from the start that they were wrong, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

Clendan Charlemagne, 64, a security guard and father of four said he s broke and emotionally traumatized after being wrongly accused of selling drugs to an undercover NYPD officer.

I live in hell that day when it happened, I thought I was living in a nightmare. To see that I m arrested for something I didn t do at all, he said. Charlemagne, a former police officer in St. Lucia, said the nightmare began in June. He was working security for DHL at JFK Airport when police busted into his Far Rockaway apartment with a warrant to search for drugs. His wife and children were home.

They smashed the door down. They hit her in the eye with the door, her left eye. They push her with the kid. She had a baby on the shoulder at the time, and they cuffed my 14-year-old, my stepson, he said, speaking exclusively with CBS2 s Hazel Sanchez.

Cops found nothing, but three months later, police returned and arrested Charlemagne. He was accused of selling drugs to an undercover cop three times at this public housing building in Far Rockaway.

I said that s not me, they had the wrong you know the wrong guy. That s not me at all. I don t do drugs, he said. Charlemagne was released on his own recognizance, but his security license was suspended because of the charges, so he couldn t work his two security jobs. His boss, former NYPD detective Bob Watts told investigators he had surveillance video and signed time sheet records proving Charlemagne was at work when police claim he was selling drugs.

He worked four to midnight, he could not be in Far Rockaway. And they said things like he probably went on his lunch break, and I said listen to me, he gets a half hour. You can t even get to Far Rockaway in a half hour at 5 o clock at night, Wattss said.

Nevertheless it took the district attorney 6 months to finally clear Charlemagne of all charges. He s hired an attorney and filed a claim against the city, the Queens District Attorney, and the NYPD.

This is a misidentification that resulted in the terrorization of not only my client, but his entire family, his attorney said. CBS2 was still waiting on a response from the Queens DA s office. The New York City law department speaking on behald of the city and the NYPD said it s reviewing Charlemagne s claim.

His security guard license was just reinstated so he is working for DHL again, but he s moved his entire family to Rhode Island.

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