Security business at Marriott earns praise
By Mary Fricker, Bob Butler and Thomas Peele, The Chauncey Bailey Project
UD Security Services, which provides security for the Marriott Hotel and convention center in downtown Oakland, was founded by members of Your Black Muslim Bakery, but it has operated entirely separate from the bakery since 2004, according to company employees and hotel management.
In 2004, after bakery patriarch Yusuf Bey died and his chosen successor was slain, a family power struggle split control of the bakery business and UD Security Services. Antar Bey and, later, his brother Yusuf Bey IV took over the bakery, which has collapsed in a wave of violence and financial failure. John Bey runs the security company.
Chris Daly, a spokesman for the company that operates the Marriott said the hotel management is happy with UD Security Services and views it as entirely separate from the Bey IV bakery.
“According to the general manager, they continue to be pleased with the service,” Daly said. “The security forces are well regarded in the community. The local community understands the differences between the two groups.”
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State records show the company was first licensed in November 2002. That was two months after the Alameda County district attorney charged bakery patriarch Yusuf Bey with one felony count of lewd conduct with a minor and two weeks after the DA expanded the charges to 27 felony sex crime accounts.
Yusuf Bey died in September 2003, before he could be brought to trial, and his chosen successor, Waajid Aljawwaad,took over management of the bakery. Five months later, in February 2004, Aljawwaad disappeared. His body was later found in a shallow grave. Antar Bey, a son of Yusuf and Daulet Bey, took control of the bakery.
By May, many of the bakery’s longest members had fled in fear, said Yusuf Bey’s son-in-law Ali Saleem Bey, including Farieda Bey, who was Yusuf Bey’s only legal wife, and her immediate family.
At that time, senior security manager John Bey took over the reins of UD Security Services, which is licensed with the state to provide services through Nov. 30, 2010.
“I have been in operating control of UD Security Services since midway through 2004,” John Bey said in a written response to questions from The Chauncey Bailey Project. “UD Security Services is not now and has not been affiliated with Your Black Muslim Bakery after 2004.”
For a time after the split in the bakery family, UD Security Services was important financial support for some who had fled the bakery, one family member said. The company has averaged about 20 employees since the split, John Bey said.
In June 2005 John Bey was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt when a group of men fired shotguns and handguns at him as he ran through Montclair screaming for help. Members of the Farieda Bey faction claimed Antar was trying to take over UD Security Services. No one has been charged in the shooting.
Antar Bey was killed in October 2005 in a failed carjacking. He was succeeded as bakery CEO by his younger brother, Yusuf Bey IV, who led a two-year reign of terror that ended when a swat team raided the bakery and arrested him and others Aug. 3, 2007, according to prosecutors. The bakery has never reopened.
Chauncey Bailey Project reporters and researchers contributed to this report.
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