SAN DIEGO - Murder, assaults, lewd acts and sexual predators are in and around the brand new Central Library in downtown San Diego, and Team 10 has uncovered documents and security images showing all of it.
The facility cost $185 million to build. Thousands of people use it every week, including a charter school.
When the incident reports were filed, the contracted security company, G4S, staffed no more than four security guards in the nine-story building. The building is 500,000 square feet -- half the size of Qualcomm Stadium. None of the guards were armed, not even with pepper spray.
Sources showed Team 10 surveillance footage of sexual offender Gregory Carroll being escorted out of the library. According to the Megan's Law website, Carroll was convicted of rape by force or threat with a child under 14 years old. He's also listed as a transient. Sources say he was found in the library's Teen Center on the second floor.
A stack of incident reports details a variety of crimes. In one case, security spotted a man carrying a throwing hatchet. He was wandering around the second floor computer lab and disappeared before guards could question him.
In another case, security snapped shots of a man fleeing the scene after a woman in the computer lab said that he unzipped his pants and exposed his genitals.
Several people have been caught watching pornography and some of them have been found viewing it on multiple occasions.
Fights in the library are also a major issue. Several reports detail verbal and physical altercations. Team 10 uncovered library video footage of two men chasing each other and fighting in the streets outside in an area packed with homeless people.
Dozens of homeless people sleep in tents across the street from the library's front door. Several reports detail transients verbally harassing patrons and security.
Security documents also describe several cases of transients using the library to bathe and sleep. Patrons have reported finding people sleeping in hallways, computer labs and bathrooms. In one case, security filed photos of a bathroom stall covered in blood.
Most of these reports were filed after the November murder of a transient near the library's front doors. San Diego police said a man was bludgeoned to death during library hours across from the facility's front doors. Police tell Team 10 they have a few leads and a possible suspect, but the crime is still unsolved.
The library doors are another huge security risk.
Team 10 was able to open multiple doors with broken locks in the middle of the night. All some doors needed was a good tug. The broken front doors were secured by a cheap bike lock when Team 10 checked. Sources said the door to the expensive rare book section has the same problem. The front doors were reinforced with a bike lock that could easily be cut by bolt cutters. All of this was caught on camera.
A local expert called the library's security measures "shameful."
"That's what they got locking the door? Jesus …," said security expert Glenn Winn when Team 10 showed him the footage.
"The liabilities that the city faces in a situation like this are astronomical," Winn said. "There's no limit as to what could happen in lawsuits against the city."
Team 10 took the security findings to city leaders. Regarding the broken library doors, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said, "Well, it's our understanding that the lock problem was identified almost two months ago now."
The problem is the video shot by Team 10 showing the doors was not shot two months ago.
In a new e-mail sent to Team 10 late Wednesday, Gloria's office confirmed the doors have been broken and fixed multiple times since the library opened and now must be replaced all together.
"There are some warranty issues we've come across," said Gloria. "We're working closely with the contractor to repair them."
Regarding the incident reports, Gloria said, "There are isolated events like there are in any public facility."
He added, "I've been in the library many times ... I haven't witnessed personally what you said ... which I think illustrates my point that these are isolated incidents."
Gloria says police now plan to beef up patrols in the area.