The incident began Monday when officers were called to Healthcare for the Homeless because a man named Superman Amir, who has received services at Healthcare for the Homeless, reported he was riding his bike near First and Summer NW and claimed a security guard, later identified as 27-year-old Isaac Barnes, hit him with a security vehicle.
“Amir had a severe laceration to the right side of his head along with several scrapes and cuts on his hands and elbows,” an officer wrote in the complaint. “He also had a severe cut on the right side of his lip and was holding one of his teeth that was apparently knocked out during the incident.”
Amir said he and Barnes have had “personal issues” in the past, but that Barnes ran over him “for no reason at all,” according to the complaint. Amir said after Barnes ran him over, he put a handcuff on one of his hands and “beat the (expletive) out of me.”
Amir said Barnes then left him there and returned to Healthcare for the Homeless. Amir returned to confront him, and Barnes put him in a chokehold and detained him until police arrived, according to the complaint.
Officers noticed there was a fresh tire mark that matched Amir’s bike tire on a security vehicle parked in front of the building, and there was blood on one of Barnes’ gloves.
Barnes was charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm and booked into the county jail, where he remained Tuesday evening on a $25,000 cash or surety bail.
William Albrecht, who owns the security company, International Strategic Partners, said in a phone interview that he doesn’t believe most of the police’s account of what happened.
He said Barnes has gone through proper training to be a guard and has never had any complaints.
Albrecht said Monday was Barnes’ first day working at the Healthcare for the Homeless location and he wasn’t clocked in and didn’t have access to the keys for the security vehicle.
He said security officers wanted police to give Amir a criminal trespass notification, and got in an argument with an Albuquerque Police Department lieutenant at the scene who then decided to charge one of the guards.
Police spokesman Tanner Tixier said officers did a thorough investigation into the allegations and believe Barnes was at fault.
“I can guarantee you we didn’t charge a guy with a felony because we didn’t like him,” Tixier said. “We run into time and time again dealing with security guards who have a tendency to over-assert authority they’ve never been granted. And we have to correct them in their thinking that they can detain and/or arrest people.”
Anita Cordova, a spokeswoman for Healthcare for the Homeless, said the organization has been trying to balance security concerns with respect for their clients. They are looking into possibly finding a different security company because of the incident, she said.