TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The company that provides security for the Ybor City parking garage refuses to comment about a security guard accused of fighting with people in the garage and firing his weapon.
It happened around 3 a.m. on Sunday in the parking garage located at 2010 13th St. N. Police say security guard Everoy Farqharson, age 31, confronted the victims about urinating in the garage. He boxed in their car with his cart, preventing them from leaving. During the confrontation, Farqharson pushed one of the victims and then knocked the phone from the hands of the second victim who was recording the argument on video.
Farqharson was arested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, battery, tampering with evidence, and burglary of a conveyance.
Farqharson is an employee of Iron Eagle Security.
“It’s an ongoing investigation. We don’t have any comment at this time,” said a woman who answered the door. She would not say whether Farqharson is still employed with the company.
Drivers who use the Ybor City garage told News Channel 8 that they were stunned about what happened.
“I park here all the time and it seems really weird that several of them are confrontational,” said Chris Madalena. “That was simply a scene that got escalated, well beyond what was called for.”
“He should have called the cops when he blocked their car. No need to escalate that far. But if they were threatening him, he’s by himself, he’s got two people, he doesn’t know what’s going on, but to start shooting is a little excessive for sure,” said Reece Harrell.
Iron Eagle Security has had a contract with the city for just over a year. City attorneys are currently looking at the contract, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Farqharson appeared in court on Monday morning. His bond was set at $56,000.
A judge told him to stay away from Ybor City and he also can not possess firearms and he must stay away from the victims in this case; Chris Pine, Kevin Whitcher and Megan Zetterburg.
Pine tells News Channel 8, all three of them will speak with an attorney.