Security guards assault customer at parking garage, impersonate officers, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Memphis security guards found themselves securely behind bars after allegedly assaulting a woman inside of a parking garage in Downtown Memphis, according to the Memphis Police Department.

Police said it all started when a woman and two friends parked a car inside of the First Parking Place grade at 21 Second St.

The group walked out of the garage and then turned around to go back in when they were approached by a guard in the garage who demanded $30 for re-entry, according to a police affidavit.

The woman began arguing with the security guard, saying she knew he was just trying to hustle her, police reported.

That’s when 25-year-old Matthew Jones, a security guard at Paula & Raiford’s Disco, came over and told the woman that he was a Memphis Police officer and that she’d be arrested if she didn’t leave, according to the Memphis Police Department.

The woman said that she repeatedly asked him to show her his badge.

Instead, he covered his badge, the woman said, and slammed her to the ground while attempting to handcuff her.

A third security guard, 23-year-old Michael Taylor who was also dressed as a police officer, then came over to assist Jones, according to the MPD affidavit.

The woman told police that she finally broke free from the men and ran to her vehicle, followed by Jones who ran in front of the vehicle, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the woman and her friends while demanding that they leave the vehicle.

They remained in the vehicle, however, until the real Memphis Police arrived, police said.

Jones is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal impersonation and one count of security guard prohibited equipment.

Taylor is charged with assault-bodily harm and security guard prohibited equipment.