Man & woman charged with pretending to be security officers, kicking in door of woman’s apartment, and holding her against her will

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A man and woman are behind bars after investigators say they claimed to be with a security company when they kicked in the door to a woman’s apartment, handcuffed her, and searched her home.

It happened about 11:30 p.m. on October 16th at the Clearbrook Village Apartments. The victim told police several people claiming to be with Metro Security and the apartment complex security kicked in her front door. She said they pointed handguns at her and searched her apartment against her will. She told investigators when she tried to get into her vehicle to leave, they grabbed her, handcuffed her, and detained her in their own personal vehicle. That’s where she was when Memphis Police officers responded.

According to the affidavit, the complex manager told investigators the apartment’s security saw what happened but did not take part, because the “Metro Security” people said they had a warrant for the victim’s arrest. The manager said the apartment security officers filled out a report “because they knew something was wrong.”

Police say the victim picked out Brian Ocasio as one of the people who kicked in her door, and Sparkle Hammond as one who held her at gunpoint. Police say Ocasio and Hammond admitted their involvement in the incident, but police have not yet said why they kicked in the woman’s door and held her.

Ocasio is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and criminal impersonation. Hammond is charged with kidnapping/acting in concert and aggravated assault/acting in concert. Bond has not yet been set.

Police have no said if others could be charged in the incident.

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