Surveillance technology at Palmetto Dunes
Hilton Head Plantation security officers stopped a 26-year-old man from entering the gated community May 7 because he said he forgot his photo identification, according to a release from the community.
They didn’t know the man they’d stopped was wanted in Jasper County on three narcotics charges, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
When security officers at the northern gate on Seabrook Drive called the Beaufort County Communications Center to confirm the man’s identity for a guest pass, they were notified he had three warrants out for his arrest in the neighboring county, the report says.
Security officers were instructed to handcuff him, and Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him, according to the report.
He had been charged May 10 with possession of narcotics, possession of cocaine and possession of other controlled substances, according to the Jasper County Court Index.
The man said he had no knowledge of the charges, but he was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center on Friday afternoon, the report says.
His mother retrieved his car at Hilton Head Plantation, according to the report.
About two hours after the arrest, Hilton Head Plantation residents received an email blast from general manager Peter Kristian.
Contacted Tuesday about the incident, Kristian said security officers were following the community’s policies. He explained that security officers did not arrest the man but followed instructions to hold him until law enforcement arrived.
Most gated community security officers have the authority to give traffic tickets and handcuff potential intruders, according to previous reporting by The Island Packet.
“They are the face of each and every plantation on the island,” Hilton Head Plantation general manager Peter Kristian told The Island Packet in December 2018.
Hilton Head Plantation sent out several requests for applications for security guards last year, and Kristian said it’s a force that’s “always in a state of flux.”