A security guard trusted to protect residents has been arrested after being accused of using his position to take advantage of a teenager.
Eric Michael Owens, 28, appeared in bond court Monday morning to face two counts of video voyeurism, two counts of burglary and one count of providing false information to law enforcement.
According to the arrest report, Owens was a security guard employed by G4S Secure Solutions, formerly known as Wackenhut Security. G4S provides security for residents in the Old Cutler Bay community in Coral Gables.
G4S announced that they fired Owens on the day he appeared in bond court. A spokesperson for G4S released the following statement: "Mr. Owens was immediately terminated ...G4S takes these matters very seriously."
Police first arrested Owens on Sunday, after a 17-year-old girl accused him of peeping into her window as she changed in her bedroom. She told investigators that she first noticed someone in the shadows outside her window, and told her parents. "The victim notices this individual taping them and, at the time, contacts the guard gate and not police," said Coral Gables Police Sgt. Janette Frevola.
Owen would respond to the call himself. He promised to report the mysterious figure to police, but the family would later become concerned when police never responded, so they called Coral Gables Police themselves. After investigating, police arrested Owen. "The suspect confessed to doing it," said Frevola. "Post investigation, we were able to recover the cellular phone where the video tapes were done."
According to testimony in bond court, it turned out Owens had been accused of a misdemeanor for peeping into a building in California, back in 2004.
Resident Toni Schrager, echoed many sentiments of those living in the Old Cutler Bay community. "It's a great community," she said. "Wakenhut does almost every community up and down here. They also do the Star Island community, and they do a good job. I'm sure that they are as sick about this as we all are."
Owens has since bonded out of jail.