SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN GUARD'S MURDER www.privateofficer.com


LONG BEACH, Calif. Oct. 13, 2007 Two Long Beach men suspected in the bludgeoning death of a security guard who apparently interrupted tool theft from the Cottonwood Christian Church construction site in Cypress were behind bars on Thursday, police said.David Joseph Zimmer, 19, surrendered to police on Wednesday and was booked at the Orange County Jail, said Cypress police Sgt. Jim Olson. Sean Christopher Hodge, 26, was arrested Oct. 2 after police served a search warrant at his home, where stolen property was found, Olson said.

The day after Hodge's arrest, a warrant was obtained for Zimmer, Olson said.Hodge is due in a Westminster courtroom on Friday to answer to murder, burglary and robbery charges, along with the special circumstance allegation of murder during a robbery, according to a court Web site.Security guard Michael Thomas Garry, 52, of Westminster, was found about 6 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Cottonwood Christian Church site, which fronts 4505 Katella Ave., police said.Olson said the men allegedly broke into a steel shed where construction workers store their tools at night. The value of the tools that were taken was not immediately known, Olson said, but some of the tools, such as an arc welder, can cost up to $5,000.Olson declined to say what was used to attack the guard, but Garry was found lying unconscious on the ground and later died at a hospital. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head, Olson said."It wasn't necessary for that to happen," Olson said.Garry, who was unarmed, apparently interrupted the burglary."His job as a security officer is to do periodic inspections of the site and he finds these gentlemen," Olson said.The guard worked for a firm hired by the site contractor, Ramsey said.


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