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Los Angeles bail bonds company House of Bail Bonds is joining up with Wazala to bring you the House of Bail Bonds online store, at www.houseofbailbonds.wazala.com. The new store will be making a very special offer real soon! In the meantime, pay the store a visit. You will find bail related T shirts with a modern west coast urban twist. You will also find Bounty Hunter and Fugitive Recovery T Shirts, some for fun and others for work.  There will be many more designs to come, and remember, there will be a Grand Opening Special coming Real Real Soon, and will only last for a Very Very Short Time, so pay attention because I am told the details are being worked out right now as I type!

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The Bounty Hunters & The International Manhunt Part 3

Fugitive Identified

Fugitive Identified in Mexico

After a long Sunday morning of phone calls, we finally had a late breakfast at a famous restaurant in Guadalajara called “Los Chilaquiles.” It turns out many of Mexico’s famous celebrities have eaten there. The international star Bono from the music group U2 even has his picture on the menu as well as a wall full of pictures taken during one of their tour stops.

During the morning my partner had managed to arrange a meeting with some local politicos for later that day.  As we entered their compound, third world country did not immediately come to mind. Rather, we were entering a beautifully gated community with 2 story modern design homes. Each home has huge yards with beautiful trees everywhere.  As we approached, the smoky aroma of Carne Asada lured us into the back yard.  We were immediately introduced to everyone there, for this was a family affair, and business would have to wait.

As the evening settled into dusk and the last of the “Coronitas” was quickly approaching, one of our hosts received a phone call and stepped away for a moment. When our host re-appeared, he had a grin from ear to ear and a bottle in his hand. Good news was in the air and it was time to celebrate.  Our host had made contact with a government official who was going to help us with the necessary paperwork. That was the good news, and in the bottle, our host explained, was even better news; Tequila he had been aging for years and was saving for just such occasion. And as the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans.’

So as the knocking got louder and louder and seemed closer and closer, I realized that the knocking was actually thumping going inside my head. I immediately jumped into a cold shower and starting feeling better. We were all reeling from the effects of the Coronitas, hurting from the beating the Tequila gave us and yet enchanted with it all. We skipped breakfast and went for lunch at a well known seafood restaurant called “El Pargo.” There we all had a soup call “Vuelve a la Vida” – which means ‘To Come Back to Life.’  The three of us definitely needed it.  After lunch, we contacted the official that was going to help us. The Mexican equivalent of an FBI agent, known in Mexico as a judicial, was to assist us, but not until the next day Tuesday. We were also instructed to bring the fugitive to the city of Guadalajara, and to call the agent for further instructions once we had the fugitive and were driving to the city.

So the next morning we left Guadalajara and headed back to the country side to the pueblo of Tepatitlan. The drive on the toll roads was uneventful but the idea of getting the fugitive to the city had us all a little uneasy because we weren’t sure if the fugitive would be willing to cooperate. The family of the fugitive said that he would cooperate under the conditions explained to them, but now circumstances had changed. We would have to drive him to the city of Guadalajara instead of taking care of it in his pueblo.

We arrived at the fugitive’s home sometime before noon. His grandmother welcome us into their home, and just like the family in L.A. had said, Cesar was still in bed. We spoke to Cesar and his family, and explained to them that we were unable to get local law enforcement to cooperate, so we would have to drive to the city to meet another agent there, and then we would bring Cesar back home. Although uneasy about the situation, Cesar felt the pressure from his family in Los Angeles, and had no choice but to cooperate. As we proceeded out of the pueblo and back to Guadalajara, Cesar guided us back through the toll free roads. These roads are extremely narrow two lane roads without any shoulders. This drive was even more scenic, with fields of Blue Agave and old adobe homes and haciendas. The drive was beautiful albeit dangerous. About half way back to Guadalajara, a large truck veered into our lane trying head on to go around a slower vehicle at which point I had to slam on the brakes and veer to the right onto the non-existent shoulder. The truck passed the vehicle and quickly swerved back into his lane and narrowly missed wiping us out. The lesson; stick with two-lane more expensive but safer toll roads.

We informed the agent that we were on our way back with the fugitive. He had us meet him in a town called Tonala, Jalisco. Tonala is just on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara. The address led us to two large ornate metal doors. To the left and to the right of these doors were artisan stores selling metalwork, pottery, painting and many other locally made crafts. Everything quite beautifully made. The metal door opened and we entered into the main courtyard of a beautiful hacienda home. Here we met the law enforcement agent, proceed to complete the identification paperwork and pictures. Afterward, we had our best meal of the trip in a local restaurant in Tonala. I had “Carne en su Jugo“- a beef and bacon stew- and the guys and Cesar had huge pork chop steaks. We had “Queso fundido con Chorizo“-flamed or melted cheese with Chorizo bits, hand made tortillas, guacamole and beans also. This was an incredible meal to sustain us for the drive back to Cesar’s pueblo. Once there we thanked him for his cooperation and he thanked us for keeping our word.

Early Wednesday morning we caught a flight out of Guadalajara and back to the states. Now back in Los Angeles, our job wasn’t over. We now had to turn everything we had gathered into a report. This report would be included in a motion filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Bail Bond Exonerated

Bail Bond Exonerated

This report was to include
pictures and fingerprints of the fugitive as well as the signed affidavits from the Mexican agent and myself officially identifying the fugitive. Now with all this done, for us the bounty hunters, our job was officially over. It would now be up to the Company Attorney to present all this to the court and “put the ball back in the hands of the court.” On January 17, 2013 the company’s motion to exonerate was heard by the courts and the bond was exonerated.  Job well done by all those involved in this case! And now on to the next one……..

 

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The Bounty Hunters & The International Manhunt Part 2

Church in Tepatitlan Jalisco

Beautiful Church in Tepatitlan Mexico

So the fugitive, Mr.  Cesar G. was in the Mexican state of Jalisco, in a pueblo just outside the state capital of Guadalajara. The next thing to figure out was whether this fugitive was extraditable or not based on the fugitive’s crime.

Mexico does allow extradition of fugitives accused of felonious crimes of violent nature, and Mr. Cesar G.’s charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon (cal. penal code 245 (a) (1) ) qualified for extradition. It was now time to make some phone calls to contacts both North and South of the Mexican border.

We received green lights to go from all directions. It seemed that the pueblo of Tepatitlan, Jalisco Mexico wasn’t a real bad spot, and the we would most likely return with our heads and tongues intact. We also had several contacts within hours or less of this location, should we need any sort of assistance.

Remember when Dog the Bounty Hunter was arrested in Mexico for Bounty Hunting there? It is illegal to bounty hunt in Mexico.  U.S. Bail Fugitive Recovery Agents, also known as Bounty hunters have no jurisdiction in Mexico. So we go there as tourist  and work with local law enforcement in order to officially identify the fugitive, but NOT MAKE AN ARREST. The local Mexican official also does not make an arrest, instead it is an official detainment for identification purposes. Photographs and finger prints are taken of the fugitive, as well as signed affidavits testifying to his identification.

So one of our contacts called on Friday at 9 am and says that if we can be there by 6 am the next day Saturday, he would be willing to help.  So just like that it was time to go! A Duffle bag of clothes, the paperwork needed and the next flight out to Guadalajara, Mexico. We should be in and out in no time. We arrive in Guadalajara, Mexico in the morning dawn hours,  and it wasn’t long before we received a phone call telling us that our contact had now become unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances at his job. A small sense of “oh Sh%#t now what do we do?” did come over us but we didn’t panic.  With the turbulent times in Mexico, our contact most likely figured he liked the placement of his head on his neck, so he had a change of heart and decided he wouldn’t help, but for us there was no turning back now; we were on our own in the heartland of Mexico!

We rented a vehicle at the airport since we now did not have a guide. All the legal driving you have learned in the U.S.  goes out the window and it’s almost all out war while driving. Sometimes there are no lanes, potholes as big as cars, you don’t stop for any pedestrian, and you can turn from anywhere at anytime. In this city of 3 or 4 million people, I learned fast, real fast and managed to get us to a nice hotel in downtown Guadalajara without a scratch.

Once we were settled in our rooms, it was time to make phone calls both North and South of the border again. Luckily, it turned out one of our contacts in Mexico has a close friend who actually works in the small pueblo of Tepatitlan, Jalisco, and has some affiliation with the local law enforcement of that small pueblo. We were told to get over there as soon as we could and that we would be helped in any way possible. So through the old countryside we went, about an hour and a half drive through a few toll roads and past fields of beautiful Blue Agave (the main ingredient for excellent Tequila). We arrived around noon to the small colonial village that has been around since the 1530′s and immediately noticed that it was quite beautiful and well kept.

We immediately proceeded to locate our contact in Tepatitlan. We met up at his office and followed him to the local police station. As we were driving up I noticed that there was a uniformed police officer with an AR-15 and full body armor at the front door of the station. We parked and as we approached the front door were told that we had to knock on the side  door of the police building since only law enforcement were allowed inside the building. Our local contact presented himself to the officer at the side door, and he proceeded to explain the nature of our visit. The heavy metal door slammed closed and 30 minutes later opened again, this time asking questions and asking for the documentation that would be filled out. The door slammed shut again and this time it was more than an hour before we were rebuffed. I produced copies of prior documents that had been filled out during another investigation in another state of Mexico, and I explained that I had been involved in that case as well and that this matter was documenting Mr. Cesar G.’s identification only and no arrest was to be made. So they took the copies back into the station and after another hour came back and said that since they were unfamiliar with such paperwork, the local commander would not authorize any of his officers to proceed with the identification. So now back to Guadalajara and the hotel to regroup and make some more phone calls. Before leaving the pueblo of Tepatitlan, we drove past the fugitives address, but did not get a glimpse of him. So close and yet so far, Saturday was not our day!
To Be Continued…..

Dirt street in Tepatitlan Mexico

Driving down a dirt street in Tepatitlan Mexico

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So you want to be a Bounty Hunter?

Well, I know I owe you the rest of the International Bounty Hunt story,

So you want to be a Bounty Hunter?

Bounty Hunter tools of the Trade and then some…

but I have been busy hunting and not
blogging. In the mean time I will tell you that the fugitive in this picture was the real deal. His capture felt like a bad scene out of the TV show COPS. He was the toughest fugitive arrest in 12 years bounty hunting, and if you think, I repeat THINK you want to be a bounty hunter, then his story just might make you reconsider. Bail Bonds and being a bail agent is one thing, but finding, chasing and arresting fighting fleeing fugitives in Los Angeles, CA is on another level of the game….stay tuned!

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The Bounty Hunters & The International Manhunt

The Bounty Hunters & The International Manhunt

Wanted Fugitive

Wanted Fugitive on the run

The red bail bond file gets placed on my desk, with a note on it saying “urgent!” I look it over to see that the bail bond client, Cesar G., had missed court five days earlier, and was now a fugitive wanted by the law.

Cesar G. was initially arrested for a California Penal Code 245 (a) (1), an assault with a deadly weapon. Mr. G was in an altercation against two other individuals where he felt his life was in danger, and he pulled out a pocket knife and used it against one of the individuals. Cesar G was subsequently arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department for 245 (a) (1), and he was taken to the LAPD Metro Detention Center Jail. His bail was set at $30,000 dollars, and his family used the services of House of Bail Bonds to bail him out of jail.

Cesar G. continued to go to court for about six months. Cesar had retained a private attorney to help him with his case. Unfortunately, Cesar lost his job and was unable to continue with his private attorney, so he had to rely on a Los Angeles County Public Defender. The Public Defender was unable to negotiate a deal with the District Attorney, who was adamant on offering Cesar 2 years in jail and no less. With his back against the wall, Cesar failed to return to court. The judge ordered a bench warrant in the name of Cesar G. and he also ordered the bail bond forfeited for $30,000. The hunt was on, now to find and follow a trail.

Our team of bounty hunters paid an early morning visit to the fugitive’s last known address in the area of Northeast Los Angeles, which was unfortunate for the new residents. Cesar and his family had moved out about a month earlier. A quick mobile laptop search led us to a new address in Boyle Heights (East LA). Here we found his wife and kids, his sister and her husband, and another couple who just happened to rent a room there. They all claimed to not know where the fugitive was or where he might have gone. They claimed that they did not have any other family members.  His wife said that he left because he didn’t want to go to jail but that he didn’t say where he planned to go.

So we went back to headquarters to regroup, process any new leads that were gathered during the investigation, and to continue to research the fugitive and his family. An aunt of the fugitive was located in Simi Valley, Ventura, CA. We paid her a visit early the next morning. At first she claimed to not know the fugitive, but quickly changed her mind and agreed that Cesar was her nephew. She stated that she didn’t know where Cesar was and that she hadn’t seen him in a long time. We asked her if she had any idea where the fugitive might go, and she stated no. On the way back to Los Angeles, new addresses were found via computer database research.

These addresses were actually a few blocks away from the fugitive’s last known address in Boyle Heights. So he was living near some cousins. We paid them a visit, and they weren’t to thrilled to see us. One of the fugitive’s cousins mentioned that he was probably in Mexico, since he had nowhere else to go. We continued talking to other family members, while also asking about other relatives that they might have in Los Angeles. We then went back to the wife’s address in Boyle Heights. She now realized that this was not going away easily, and that we had found other addresses to their family. She stated that Cesar’s aunt in Simi Valley had all the information we needed. We also spoke with Cesar’s brother in law, who stated that he was not too fond of the fugitive, and that Cesar was a coward hiding in Mexico. The brother in law said that we had the family rattled because another of Cesar’s aunts had a deportation order from the U.S. Immigration Department, and they were afraid that we might find her and cause her deportation.

Guadalajara, Mexico
Fugitive Recovery in Guadalajara, Mexico

With this new information we headed back to Simi Valley, California in Ventura County to see Cesar’s aunt.The family was now willing to cooperate in order to save another family member. Cesar’s aunt told us that Cesar’s mother had wired money from Mexico. She said that she had helped Cesar take a bus back to Mexico. She gave us his address and phone number in Mexico, and said that
if we go there anytime before noon, we will find Cesar in his bed sleeping; guaranteed! Cesar and the rest of the family was willing to cooperate in any way needed to resolve the matter, so long as our investigation ended. Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico was the next stop!

TO BE CONT……………

 

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House of Bail Bonds Thanks Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic with Bail Agents Dan & Alexis

Nick Vujicic in Little Tokyo saying hi to House of Bail Bonds

House of Bail Bonds thanks Nick Vujicic for his inspirational outlook on life.

I am not sure how I came across a Youtube video of Nick, but after having watched it, I had to share it with my family and friends. Then one evening, as I was walking back to the office in Little Tokyo, I happened to glance back to see a group of people and in the middle was someone in some type of wheelchair, but not the usual wheelchair. So I slowed my walk a little hoping to see who actually was in the chair. I realized that it was Nick Vujicic, the inspirational speaker that I saw in the YouTube videos. I was so excited, I told a co-worker and he confirmed that it was Nick from the YouTube videos. Then several weeks later, he was back in Little Tokyo in Dowtown Los Angeles, and several Bail Agents met and took pictures with Nick.

House of Bail Bonds thanks Nick for sharing his personal life with us and the rest of the world. We thank Nick for his contagious outlook on life which has inspired millions around the world.  We at House of Bail Bonds were lucky enough to meet him in person and “FEEL” his inspirational message of gratitude and love.  If you get to read this Nick, and you ever happen to be in Little Tokyo again, please stop by.

Thanks Nick and Much Love!

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The Bail Agent, The Bounty Hunters, and The Fugitive Part 3

The Bail Agent, The Bounty Hunters, and The Fugitive Part 3

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Fugitive Captured by Bounty Hunters

As the Arizona Bounty Hunter was about to jump back into his vehicle, the sister in law of the fugitive ran out of her home towards the group of fugitive recovery agents. She said she had a particular dislike of Mr. Y for his behavior towards her sister. She said that neither her sister nor Mr. Y would have anywhere to go in Flagstaff, and that they would most likely stay in a motel or homeless shelter. The young lady was confident that the couple was still in Flagstaff. She stated that her sister would not leave Flagstaff without first letting her know her plans.

So with most of the day burned up, it was a long dusty drive back down to the reservation’s town, then onto to the highway headed south towards Flagstaff for the next few hours. It would be dusk when arriving there, so food and then shelter would be the order of business. Next would be the use of a wi-fi connection for some laptop computer p.i. work. Locating the names and addresses of all the local hotels/motels in Flagstaff, as well as any churches, homeless shelters and local government assistance programs that might house our fugitive and his wife. A list of local temporary job placement agencies was gathered as well. This would be homework for Saturday, with less than 2 days left before the court forfeits the bail bond and demands $20,000 cash from the bail bond company.

Early Saturday morning, Flagstaff PD was notified of the warrant for Mr. Y, and that a group of bounty hunters would be on his tail. By mid-afternoon on Saturday, Mr. Y was located. He was staying at a motel in town. After  having seen his mug shot, the motel clerk confirmed that he stayed there but was not sure if the fugitive was in his room or not. So after posting a few agents to watch the room it was decided to have front desk call the  fugitive and have him come to the front desk on a pretext that there was a mix up on the room charges, but no answer.

So a few agents on post at the motel, and the rest on the street. The Bounty Hunter had a print out of the vehicle the fugitive was known to drive, and now it was a matter of running into the fugitive or hoping he came back to his room. Since the motel clerk did not have much information, it was back to the old school stakeout for one group, and process of elimination for the other group of man trackers.

Breaks suddenly squealing!! The truck suddenly swerving to the right and stopping at angle to the street; rising smoke from the tires!! Doors busting open, Agents jumping out, Mossberg Shotguns pumping, “FUGITIVE RECOVERY, FUGITIVE RECOVERY!!’ “FREEZE, FREEZE, PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR, PUT YOUR F#@KEN HANDS IN THE AIR” “DRIVER TURN OFF YOUR VEHICLE” “TURN OFF YOUR VEHICLE!!”  The chase is over! Just like that, blink and the next thing you know, it is going down and it’s over.

Mr. Y was suddenly spotted driving in the direction of the motel. The trucks made a quick u-turn, and as he slowed approaching a stop sign the agents decided to take him down, with one truck blocking him in the front and the other pinning him in the back. With not much resistance, the fugitive was arrested and on his way back to the Los Angeles County Jail. The Arizona Bounty Hunter called with the news of the capture and his approximate arrival to the Arizona/California border, where we would meet to transfer the prisoner.

The drive from the Arizona border to Los Angeles was without incident. Mr. Y said he was trying to make a new life for his wife and himself. He said that he was on the way home from a temp. job when he was spotted and arrested. He believed that he had taken care of his case in Los Angeles, and did not know he had a warrant. So when he was surrendered to the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, it came as no surprise that Mr. Y had another warrant for $100,000 out of Torrance Superior Court. It turns out that Torrance PD had issued a warrant for his arrest in the alleged battery of his ex-girlfriend. So for all the naysayers or haters of commercial bail bonding and bounty hunting, let this story reflect positively on the bail bond industry. No one in Law Enforcement was looking for Mr. Y, even with a $100,000 warrant out for his arrest. Without any cost to the taxpayer, or without putting any strain on any law enforcement agency, this fugitive was captured and returned to justice! Now, onto the next fugitive.

Thanks to the following agencies, groups and any others not mentioned that were involved in this story and apprehension:

Navajo Tribal Police-http://navajodps.org/

Fugitive Recovery Network-http://fugitiverecovery.com/http://fugitiverecovery.com/directory/AZ/city.php?city=Pinetop/Lakeside&state=AZ#.UFcV1bJlQ2A

Arizona Bail Bonds- http://coconinocounty.tallinibailbonds.com/https://plus.google.com/115602852006759602911/about?gl=us&hl=en

Los Angeles, California Bail Bonds- http://www.houseofbailbonds.com/

 

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The Bail Agent, the Bounty Hunters, and the Fugitive Part 2

Bail Bonds Fugitive

Bail Bond Fugitive Captured

The Bail Agent, The Bounty Hunters, and The Fugitive Part 2

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Before I continue, let me back track to the beginning, when Mr. Y, our fugitive, was first bailed out. House of Bail Bonds, in Los Angeles, CA, bailed out Mr. Y, with his then girlfriend and his mother as co-signers, or indemnitors for his bail bond. When Mr. Y failed to appear on his bail bond the court ordered a bench warrant for his arrest, but more importantly for the bail bond company, the judge ordered the bail bond forfeited.  This means that either the fugitive returns to court within the time allowed by the court, or House of Bail Bonds pays the full bail bond amount of $20,000 to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

California Bail Law allows the bail bond company about six months to return the fugitive to court before having to pay the $20,000. It was Thursday morning, and the court wanted the fugitive in custody by Sunday before midnight. The bounty hunter was handed the file and informed of the deadline. When he asked why he was just then handed the file, he was told that it had slipped through amongst the other thousands of files. So with less than 4 days to find the fugitive, the hunt began.

This human hound dog sniffed through the fugitive’s file for any clues as to his whereabouts.  The sleuth then input the fugitive’s clues into his computer and came up with a few possibilities as to Mr. Y’s whereabouts. The Bounty Hunter gathered his team of elite operatives and proceeded to those locations. Within hours the hunter’s leads had gone not cold but out of state.

The fugitive no longer lived at the apartment listed as his place of residence in his bail bond application. The new renters there were in a little shock since their apartment door was almost turned into toothpicks, but they were relieved that the warrant wasn’t for them! The girlfriend’s new address was merely her mailing address. The person who did live there was a friend of Mr. Y’s girlfriend, and he gladly volunteered to tell everything he knew about our fugitive. He stated that Mr. Y’s girlfriend now lived in Arizona, with her ‘new’ boyfriend. The last one, Mr. Y, had broken her ribs and given her a black eye.  Mr. Y was now living on an indian reservation near Flagstaff, Arizona. So with this new information the Bounty Hunter went back to his computer and confirmed this new information as valid.

Since Arizona mandates that only an Arizona Bail Bondsman and Arizona Fugitive Recovery Agent be involved in the apprehension of bail bond skips in their state, our Bounty Hunter put the call out to Arizona’s best Bounty Hunter. Early Friday morning, with less than 3 days left, the Arizona Bounty Hunters were on their way to the Navajo Indian Reservation.

As the Arizona Bounty Hunters kicked dust up into the hot dry air, the first order of business on the reservation was a visit to the tribal police department and an explanation of the business at hand. The police department there was extremely cooperative. They informed the Bounty Hunters that Mr. Y had been a slight problem in their very small town. He had a few minor run ins with the law there but nothing serious.

The agents followed the police vehicle into a dusty canyon a few miles out of town and deeper into the reservation and Arizona wilderness. They arrived at a small village where each breath came with some Arizona dust.  An elder from the village of 10 or 12 homes greeted them. The Tribal Police Officer spoke to the elder villager. The elder had the look of weathered wisdom. He raised his arm in the direction of one of the homes and nodded. The family in the home was indeed Mr. Y’s new in-laws. They explained that he had been there about nine months. The family disapproved of their daughter’s relationship with Mr. Y. They recently married nonetheless. The family and Mr. Y did not get along and this led to problems in the small home. Mr. Y and his new wife had now moved to Flagstaff, Arizona. The family did not have an address or number to contact their daughter. They were distraught that she had left, and were concerned for her well being since the couple did not have much money or a definite place to go to in Flagstaff.  The hunters had missed Mr. Y  by about a week.

To Be Continued…

 

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Will. I. AM. stops by the House of Bail Bonds

 

Will I AM visits the House of Bail Bonds

Will I AM visits the House of Bail Bonds

I saw these two (picture to the left) about 30 years ago like this!

Huh? How can this be that I saw these two like this 30 years ago?

Well, first you need to have lived in housing projects in Boyle Heights/ELA called Estrada Courts. Then one of those two happens to be your brother, and the other a past neighbor and fellow schoolmate. Actually, my brother and I attended Brentwood Elementary on the now infamous Bundy Drive in West LA for a couple of years. If my memory serves me correctly, we would catch a school bus near our home in Boyle Hts., and off to Brentwood we would go.

By the time that we were going to Brentwood, our parents had bought a home and moved us out of the projects near where Boyle Heights ends and what is officially known as East Los Angeles begins.  Nonetheless, my brother and I continued to play baseball at Costello Park, which is next door to the housing projects. I seem to remember that Carl, Will I AM’s older brother played there with us too.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see Carl, and his brother, Little Willie on the same school bus heading off to the Westside. I imagine Carl and Willie’s mom, like ours, wanted a better education for us, and so they enrolled us in the Magnet School program. I remember a few of the other kids on the bus like Dolores, Bobby, Sharon and of Course Carl and Little Willie. I also remember how we would all get such a kick from Little Willie because at the time he must have been a 1st or 2nd grader, but when we would ask him to tell us his name, in this voice deeper and raspier than you could ever imagine for such a small kid, ‘Little Willie’ would come out.

The school bus would drop Carl, Willie, my brother and myself off in front of 1st St. Elementary School. And every once in a while my mom would give Carl and Willie a ride home. So now when we tell mom that Will I AM is the same person who would ride in her beat up old blue station wagon but now sings at the SUPERBOWL and comes out in movies, she just can’t believe it. She just smiles and shakes her head in disbelief.  And so that is how I saw these two like this 30 years ago. Thanks Will for stopping by the House of Bail Bonds and say hi to Carl for us.

 

 

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The Bail Agent, the Bounty Hunters and the Fugitive

Bounty Hunters- 'So you want to run?'

Bounty Hunters- 'So you want to run?'

At House of Bail Bonds, our job is to provide the utmost in customer service while helping people bail their loved ones out of jail. The bail bond client’s job is to appear in all court ordered appearances.

Every once in a while, a client will miss court due to illness, error or other unforeseeable circumstances. The court will then issue a bench warrant and forfeit the bail bond. This is usually remedied with the re-appearance of the defendant in court.

Then there are those few clients who miss their court date on purpose. That is when the bounty hunters, otherwise known as Fugitive Recovery Agents, have to actually find the individual, arrest them and then surrender them to the local county jail.

In this case, the fugitive ran to Arizona and worst yet, decided to hide out in a Navajo indian reservation. Here is where things can get tricky real fast for bounty hunters.

Bounty Hunters or Fugitive Recovery Agents have authority to arrest a bail bond fugitive. This authority is derived from certain U.S. Supreme Court rulings, but is also regulated by each individual state as well. In this case, Arizona does not allow bounty hunters from other states to chase bail bond skips that have fled to that state. Arizona Bounty Hunter Law mandates that a Fugitive Recovery Agent from that state conduct the investigation and/or apprehension of the fugitive.

It gets even trickier when the fugitive absconds to an indian reservation. Indian reservations are considered sovereign and they have their own system of law. Luckily for us, this individual was not a Native American and therefore not fully protected on the reservation. The Arizona bounty hunter helping us with this case was fully aware of reservation protocol in regards to bail bond fugitives. He immediately went to the tribal police to inform them of the arrest warrant.

To be continued…..

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