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Post Date:03/25/2022 11:00 PM






On 03/25/22, at approximately 3:51 PM, the El Cajon Police Department received a call from “Fugitive Warrants,” a private “fugitive recovery” business.  The reporting party stated two of their agents (not law enforcement officers) were checking 333 W. Lexington (an abandoned business) for a male adult who was wanted.

At approximately 4:18 PM, the reporting party again called the El Cajon Police Department and stated one of their agents suffered a head wound and a gun was involved.  Several El Cajon Police Department officers responded to the scene and located both of the agents outside of the abandoned building at 333 W. Lexington; one of agents was bleeding from his face.  Two El Cajon Police officers drove a marked patrol vehicle onto the property and rescued the injured agent, who said he was shot in the face.  The agent was transported to a nearby Hartland Fire and Rescue station.  The agent had what appeared to be a through and through wound to the side of his face.  He was transported by medics to a local hospital for treatment.

The victim and his partner agent stated they entered the building looking for a wanted subject.  Once inside, they encountered an unrelated subject, who became confrontational with them.  The subject retrieved what they believed was a handgun, at which time one of the agents shot a Taser at the subject.  The subject tackled the victim and began to strike him.  The victim said the subject then shot him in the face.  The other agent reported firing his Taser at the subject to get him off of the victim.  Both agents were able to evacuate themselves from the building.

El Cajon Police Department officers established a perimeter around the building and parked an armored vehicle outside of the front door.  Call-outs were made into the building and two subjects, one determined to be the suspect, eventually exited and were detained without incident.  The suspect had Taser darts embedded in upper torso.  Due to the suspect not having a firearm on his person, and not knowing if anybody else was inside the building, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bomb Arson Unit was requested to respond with a tactical robot to clear the structure.  Additionally, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department aerial support unit, ASTREA, assisted.

Officers eventually entered the abandoned building and didn’t locate anyone inside.  It appeared multiple squatters have been living inside the building.  Detectives and officers conducted a search of the building and located evidence related to the incident.

Records checks of the suspect revealed he had an active felony probation violation arrest warrant.  After being interviewed by detectives, the suspect was booked into San Diego County Central Jail pursuant to the outstanding arrest warrant. 

The injured “Fugitive Warrants” agent was treated at the hospital and released later in the evening.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.


Lt. Will Guerin

El Cajon Police Department

Patrol Watch Commander


Sgt. Kai Mandelleh

El Cajon Police Department

Patrol Division

DATE/TIME: 03/25/22 @ 10:30 PM

Mike Moulton

Chief of Police



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Transient found in vehicle stolen during a residential burglary released on zero-bail

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A 26-year-old transient found inside a stolen vehicle was arrested and released on $0 bail after the booking process, officials said.

On May 24, 2020, at about 11:53 am, a deputy with the Victorville Police Department conducted a vehicle check on a 2014 Hyundai Elantra parked in the desert area near Roy Rogers and Civic Drive.

It was found to be a stolen vehicle and was occupied by Earl Prescott Thomas

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said the vehicle was stolen during a residential burglary. “Sometime between May 3 & May 23, while the owner was away, the home was broken into. Multiple items were stolen from the residence, including a vehicle,” stated Rodriguez.

Thomas was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for possession of a stolen vehicle.

In compliance with the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, his bail was set at $0 and he was released after the booking process.

‘Zero Bail Fail’; Alameda County Suspect Jailed 4 Times Since March, Released Each Time

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is publicizing the latest arrest of a man who has been arrested multiple times and released on zero bail, only to be arrested again.

Last month, the California Judicial Council issued an order in an effort to protect inmates’ health during the new coronavirus pandemic by reducing overcrowding at jails. Law enforcement agencies and local prosecutors have railed against the zero bail releases of suspects, and say some of those being released should not be eligible for bail and are often repeat offenders while out on bail. However, an appeals court ruled defendants can still be held without bail on a judge’s order despite the zero bail policy. Police and prosecutors would need to get the suspect to court to argue against release in front of a judge. In response to comments on the social media posts that the sheriff’s office was simply using Crowder’s image to fit a narrative without offering him help, the sheriff’s office responded, “We would like an opportunity to intervene and get a fighting chance to get reoffenders into sobriety, rehab programs, education and other services we provide. The Zero Bail does not allow us to hit pause and start those services. We want to help these folks not see them reoffend.”

Bail Enforcement Agent? What is That?

What Is A Bail Enforcement Agent?

After someone has been arrested for a crime, sometimes they are set free until the trial date. When they are allowed to go home from jail until trial, they usually are required to provide money to the courts as security that they will show up for their scheduled appearances. This is called bail.

When they cannot afford the bail, they have an option: Bail bonds agents. These agents agree to pay bail for them.

What Bail Enforcement Agents Do:

  • If someone skips bail and misses a court date, the bail bond agent loses the money paid on their client’s behalf. That is, unless they can catch the client and take them back to the court for trial.
  • To find a bail jumper or bail skipper, as the person on the run may be called, a Bail Enforcement Agent may be brought in by the bail bonds agent. Police departments have many cases to handle and do not have the money or time to pursue everyone guilty of skipping bail. So Bail Enforcement Agents investigate the bail skipper and figure out where he or she may be hiding.
  • When the bail skipper is located, they are then taken to court where the bail bondsman is released from the bond agreement and gets his or her money back. The Bail Enforcement Agent is paid a percentage of the original bail bond amount. That averages between 10 and 20 percent.

Rules Bail Enforcement Agents Follow

Laws are strict in regard to bounty hunting. Bail Enforcement Agents are controlled by the laws of the state where they work. Laws vary from state to state, so Bail Enforcement Agents must be careful and remain aware of laws applicable to them, when searching for bail jumpers.

Below are some examples of individual state laws:

  • Ohio Bail Enforcement Agents must be licensed after classroom education regarding their trade
  • Michigan Bail Enforcement Agents are not required to be licensed or trained
  • Bail Enforcement Agents cannot make arrests in a state other than the one where they are licensed, unless that second state authorizes out-of-state Bail Enforcement Agents to do so
  • Some states do not allow bounty hunting within their state lines, such as Kentucky and Florida
  • Louisiana Bail Enforcement Agents must wear identifiable clothing which indicates they are Bail Enforcement Agents when arresting a bail jumper in a home
  • Most states which license Bail Enforcement Agents also require them to have insurance

Bail Enforcement Agent Arrests

Bail Enforcement Agents are able to make arrests and have some elbow room when it comes to making those arrests. These investigators are permitted to enter a bail jumper’s residence without a search or arrest warrant. That is, if they have probable cause, meaning they believe the bail jumper is in the residence at that time. A Bail Enforcement Agent is not allowed to enter anyone else’s home to look for that individual if there is not an arrest warrant or the Bail Enforcement Agent does not have the homeowner’s permission.

Bail Enforcement Agents can arrest just as police do. They do not have to call police to arrive on scene. Bail Enforcement Agents can use handcuffs or otherwise detain the person they have been looking for, as part of the agreement with the bail bondsman.

There are limitations to these arrest rights, however. Regardless of which state the Bail Enforcement Agent is working in, they:

  • Cannot carry firearms without state licensure or permits
  • Cannot arrest anyone except the bail skipper
  • Cannot use excessive force to catch or detain a bail jumper
  • Could face false arrest lawsuit if they detain the wrong person
  • Are held accountable for their actions through the state’s department of insurance and police when dealing with the public
  • Must remain professional and abide by state laws when taking alleged criminals to justice