An armed special police officer for the company that protects city government buildings and public schools has been charged with using his service weapon to rob two persons in Georgetown last weekend.
Xavier Brooks, 34, who works for D.C.-based Hawk One Security Inc., and his uncle Antwane Brooks, 33, robbed two persons Saturday in the 2800 block of Dumbarton Street NW, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Both men face three counts of armed robbery and are being held without bond, U.S. attorney spokesman Channing Phillips said.
According to charging documents, Xavier Brooks, who is licensed to carry a weapon for Hawk One, used his black .38-caliber revolver to demand a man’s wallet. His uncle pointed a gun at a woman and took her purse.
Police arrested the pair during a traffic stop at M and 30th streets NW. Officers found a service revolver after the traffic stop in a nylon bag on the floor of Xavier Brooks’ vehicle, the charging documents state.
The Metropolitan Police Department referred all inquiries about the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Hawk One yesterday referred calls to the McCants & Associates law firm in Silver Spring. The law firm did not return calls.
Officials told WTOP Radio yesterday that the security officer’s license has been suspended.
According to a review of D.C. Superior Court records, Xavier Brooks has had run-ins with the law. He was charged with simple assault for a domestic incident in February in a case that is pending, records show.
In addition, he was charged in 1992 with having an unregistered gun. That case resulted in a not guilty verdict, according to court records.
Meanwhile, the D.C. Office of Inspector General is expected later this year to issue a report on whether some guards in D.C. public schools had been employed despite having criminal histories.
The report is the seventh in a series of audits that the inspector general has conducted into school security.
Hawk One began its work on the school system’s two-year, $30.3 million contract on July 1. However, the previous contractor, Watkins Security Agency of D.C. Inc., is seeking to overturn the award, citing what it calls flaws in the bidding process and concerns over Hawk One’s finances.
Hawk One officials have said the company, which recently won a $14.1 million contract to guard city government buildings, is financially stable.
Lt. Jon Shelton, who runs the security officers’ management and gun-control branches for D.C. police, would not comment on the arrest. However, in general, he said special police officers can get licenses from the police department only if they have been hired by a security company.
“This is not a city where we issue a carte blanche license and you can work anywhere,” he said. “You have to be hired by a company first.”
Armed special police officers must be trained by an National Rifle Association-certified teacher, Lt. Shelton said. Any felony convictions and some misdemeanors — including assault and weapons possession — automatically bar an applicant from carrying a firearm, he said.
Yearly background checks are conducted, but the company is responsible for ensuring all applicants’ convictions and arrests are listed, he said.