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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City man says he was assaulted by an apartment security guard. Joseph Cordes says he was at the Elm Creek Apartments at 4201 N. Youngs with a friend who lives there when a security guard started harassing him.  Cordes says he's been visiting his friend at the apartments for three years now and has never had a problem. 

But he says a new company took over management last week and hired Eagle One Security to provide patrol for the apartments.   Late Sunday evening, Cordes and his wife, Kala Ashley, had gone to the Elm Creek Apartments with their friends.  Cordes says he was walking to the vending machine with his friend when two security guards approached them asking for their IDs.  Cordes says the guard became angry as he went to put his wallet back in his pocket.  “He said get your hands out of your pocket, get your hands out of your pocket,” Cordes says.Cordes says he then went to another pocket to get his cell phone to call his wife who was back at their friends' apartment.  “I looked up and he had his gun out to my face and he goes, 'I said get your hands out of your pocket, put them up.'  I put them up in the air, soon as he said that. Next thing you know I was on the ground,” Cordes says.

Cordes says the security guard threw him down to the ground, pinning him there with his knee and handcuffing him.  When his wife saw what was happening, she says she called Oklahoma City police and an ambulance.  “They had to hook him up to oxygen and everything because his pulse was I guess because of the situation,” Ashley says.  Cordes says the Oklahoma City police officer who arrived on scene told the security guards to take the handcuffs off him.  Cordes was not arrested and says he now wants to file assault charges against the guard that took him down.  Cordes and Ashley both say the new security presence at the apartments is not making things better.”People are scared to come out of their own apartments now because of this new security,” Cordes says.     We spoke with the owner of Eagle One Security.  He referred to the apartments as a “really bad place.”  He would only say that they were hired to do a job and that's what they're doing.  Our calls to the apartment management office were not returned.