By Sharon Aron Baron
A Parkland man seen on video striking a security guard for taking too long to let him into his neighborhood had his plea hearing on Tuesday.
Joaquin PE Fagundo, 46, and his criminal defense attorney Adam Harmelin appeared before Judge Barbara Duffy. On January 4, Fagundo was arrested for burglary with assault or battery after a verbal altercation with a security guard turned physical.
It happened when he and his wife were entering their community of Cascata. After the security guard took possession of his ID card for verification, Fagundo and his wife became impatient with the amount of time he was taking and entered the guardhouse to obtain the ID card.
The security guard returned the ID card to Fagundo’s wife and asked them to leave the guardhouse. The video shows Fagundo becoming physical after reentering the guardhouse, striking the guard with an open palm on the back of his head. The impact caused the guard’s head to hit the glass door, leaving a bruise on the right side of his forehead.
On Tuesday, Harmelin said the charges were now reduced to burglary of an unoccupied structure and misdemeanor battery.
Harmelin entered Fagundo’s plea of not guilty, and Judge Duffy set his calendar call for June 17 to set a trial date.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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