Security company owner turns himself in

Published 11:24 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Newport News man turned himself in Monday night on warrants stemming from his security company’s presence at a party on March 15 where three people were stabbed.


Geoffrey Fraites, 44, of Newport News, is charged with one count of operating a security business without Department of Criminal Justice Services certification, two counts of utilizing non-DCJS-certified security guards and one count of utilizing a convicted felon as a security guard. He also has an outstanding warrant for domestic assault.

His company, Full Force Security, was working the event at Planter’s Club where the victims — one adult and two juveniles — were stabbed. Yamaine Elliott, 16, is charged in two of the three stabbings.

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The incident happened at the Planter’s Club off Sleepy Hole Road a father rented the facility for a “Sweet 16” party for his daughter. However, according to Suffolk officials, tickets apparently were sold for the event at $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

About 10:30 p.m. that night, several fights broke out inside the building. Security guards escorted the problem-causing individuals outside, where the stabbing took place.

The city has suspended renting its facilities until officials can complete a full review of policies and procedures.