ROCK HILL — Six “illegal” security guards at a Rock Hill nightclub were arrested Friday after authorities say they didn’t have proper registration with the State Law Enforcement Division.
The guards were all charged with violating a state law that requires security guards to register with SLED. The owners, police say, were charged with employing guards without proper licenses.
Police and SLED launched an investigation into security guards at the Infiniti nightclub on East Main Street after learning that the guards who worked inside of the club might not have been state-certified, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger.
Police had been working with Infiniti’s owners to “run a safe nightclub” and help them “follow the law,” Bollinger said, after investigating a string of violent crimes, ranging from shots fired to brawls in and outside of the club.
State law requires any person “performing the duties of security officers” to obtain security officer registration certificates from SLED.
Police and a SLED agent went to the club on Friday to perform a “business check” and learned that the six guards the owners weren’t registered with SLED. The six who worked outside are legitimate, Bollinger said.
Both owners were cooperative, he said, and other security personnel confirmed that they didn’t know the guards who worked on the inside, and weren’t sure if they were valid guards.
Police did another check when the club reopened on Saturday to discover that the owners had hired “legitimate” security, Bollinger said.
The six guards arrested at the scene on Friday include:
• Robert Heath, 48, of McConnells
• Talmadge Brunson, 34, of Charlotte
• Wilbert Bennett, 47, of York
• Terry Thrower, 34, of York
• Kevin Kirkpatrick, 44, of Chester
• Manuel Burris, 49, of Sharon
The club’s owners, Maurice Obley, 36, and Michelle Judge, 43, were also arrested and charged.