What does bail bonds have to do with Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving and bail bonds? It may seem odd to consider it upon first glance.  However, if you really think about it, there could be much to be thankful for during the long holiday weekend.  There may be situation in which a bail bond is necessary.  Sometimes things happen that you don’t necessarily anticipate.

Thanksgiving turkey in jail

Don’t be this turkey!

Thanksgiving weekend is a long break for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court system.  As such, getting arrested on the Tuesday or Wednesday before the actual holiday will result in an extended stay in county jail.  A person might actually be in custody for up to five days without seeing a judge.  For many families, this would be devastating.

In addition, Thanksgiving weekend is a time of heightened alert for law enforcement personnel.  The California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Police and County Sheriff’s officials will be very wary of criminal activity.  Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance are just the tip of the iceberg.

Black Friday means plenty of shoppers running from store to store.  Many people do not take the time to properly secure their merchandise, thereby affording opportunities for thieves to take advantage.  Stolen goods is a problem during this peak shopping period.

Santa Barbara County Jail will be especially busy, so being in custody will not be a pleasant experience.  Not that being incarcerated is a vacation, but with overcrowding things can get extremely stressful.  Processing times for bail bonds may be prolonged due to this situation.

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and eat great food.  If a friend or family members gets arrested, that would surely dampen the mood.  The great thing about a bail bond is that the person will be given an opportunity to spend quality time free from custody.  That individual would surely know the meaning of giving thanks indeed.

Absolutely Affordable Bail Bonds will be open everyday throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.  So, if you’re in the Santa Barbara area, they are ready and willing to help in your time of need.  And, as always, they are happy to offer free bail advice with no obligation whatsoever.  Remember that Thanksgiving is a time for family, not jail.

Expect heavy law enforcement in Isla Vista during Halloween 2015

If you plan to party hard for Halloween in Isla Vista, be sure that you do so safely.  Visitors from all over California and other areas will increase the weekend population dramatically in the local area.  Authorities from several agencies will work jointly to ensure that the law will be upheld.  This includes the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, University of California Police Department, as well as the California Highway Patrol.

Expect lots of law enforcement during Halloween

Expect lots of law enforcement during Halloween

Kelly Hoover, a spokesperson from the Sheriff’s office, has indicated that “we’re prepared for a large turnout” due to the fact that Halloween falls on a Saturday in 2015.  Interestingly, there will actually be a lower number of law enforcement assigned to the area.  She states, “We are seeing a culture change in Isla Vista with the mentality of not inviting out-of-towners, and out-of-towners realizing it’s not the party place it used to be.”

Many local bail bonds agencies in Santa Barbara will be available to assist for those who do get arrested.  However, according to Hoover, there has been a decline in the number of arrests and citations.

From 6:00 pm until 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday, there will be special festival ordinance in effect for the surrounding community.  This means no amplified music and vehicles will be prohibited from entering Del Playa Drive.  Furthermore, barricades will be erected around Isla Vista to prevent drivers from entering certain streets beginning October 30 at 4:00 pm.  People are permitted to leave, however.

California Highway Patrol officers will be on the lookout for people driving under the influence.  If arrested, most of the time intoxicated drivers are detained until sober and then released with a citation.  However, if someone is involved in an accident or is a repeat offender, then that individual will need a bail bond.

In addition to UCSB Police officers and Sheriff’s deputies, the Santa Barbara Police Department will be standing by in the event things get out of hand.  The Santa Barbara County Jail is also going to increase staff to deal with the higher number of arrests during the weekend as well.

If you plan to attend Halloween in Isla Vista, it would be a good idea to remember that bail bonds in Santa Barbara is always an option.  Most companies offer free advice. For further information about the bail bonds process, you can look at this video:  How Bail Works.

Finding bail bonds in Santa Barbara is a treat during Halloween

Halloween in Isla Vista

Halloween in Isla Vista

What does Santa Barbara bail bonds have to do with Halloween?  Well, if you’re one of the many part goers who will be out and about in the downtown area or Isla Vista, then this it might be a good idea to keep a local agent in mind.  Lots of mischief takes place during this period.  And, with Halloween taking place on a Saturday, things are sure to be lively indeed.

Both the Santa Barbara Police and Sheriff’s Departments will be on high alert.  There are a large number of people who tend to drink alcohol to excess.  This is especially true in the downtown clubs and all over Isla Vista.  Students from the University of California Santa Barbara and City College will be everywhere enjoying the festivities.  There tends to be a higher number of arrests, hence the potential need for bail bonds.

Most of the time, people get a warning or are given a citation for being intoxicated.  However, sometimes situations occurs where suspects are detained for various criminal behavior.  Depending on the nature of the crime and how serious it turns out, bail bonds is one option to consider.

The Santa Barbara County Jail is located at 4436 Calle Real.  It is located approximately half way between Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara.  Most arrestees will be transported to this facility for processing.  It is also the place where bail bonds are posted for the entire county of Santa Barbara.

If you get arrested, then it’s a good idea to call a local agency where they can offer free advice about your particular situation.  Have a safe and happy Halloween.

CHP Officers Arrest Joe Antonucci and Ryan Luna for Road Rage Incident

Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CAVerbal Altercation Leads to Felony Assault in Carpinteria

by Jae Brattain | posted 03.05.2014

While driving southbound on Highway 101 on Tuesday, March 4th, Joseph “Joe” Antonucci was being followed closely behind by Ryan Luna.  The incident started at approximately 1:00 pm near the Montecito area with the two men angrily exchanging verbal assaults for several miles.  Antonucci, 56, was driving in the fast lane.  Luna, 25, felt the older man was going too slow and pulled alongside to tell him as much.  Both tempers were flared, which lead to an escalation in the situation.

Things got out of hand when Luna, who resides in Simi Valley, decided to toss a large container of soda at Antonucci’s truck.  The cup sailed through the passenger side window and hit the driver’s face.  It subsequently splashed all over the interior of the vehicle.

In retaliation, Antonucci veered his truck and hit the side of Luna’s vehicle, which was also a truck.  This caused the soda assailant to swerve off the highway exiting at Carpinteria Avenue.  Antonucci, who is from Santa Barbara, continued south.

CHP Coastal Division Chief Reggie Chappelle

An eyewitness to the event contacted 911 when seeing what had happened.  There was also a CHP officer who happened to be in the area with an unmarked patrol vehicle.  It was CHP Coastal Division Chief Reggie Chappelle.

Chappelle followed Antonucci’s truck after the incident and pulled him over near the Mussel Shoals area.  Upon further investigation by the California Highway Patrol, both he and Luna were placed into custody.

Antonucci is being accused of felony assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving.  He was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail and his bail bond is $30,000.  Luna was also taken to jail and booked for misdemeanor battery charges, as well as throwing substances at vehicles.  His bail amount was set at $5,000.

Brian Hook Facing Multiple Felonies for Having Sex with Underaged Minor

The Orcutt Resident is a Social Sciences Teacher and Girl’s Basketball Coach

by Jae Brattain | posted 02.25.2014

Detectives from the Santa Maria Police Department investigated Brian Thomas Hook after there were accusation that he had multiple inappropriate relations with a student at Pioneer Valley High School.  The first incident took place around January 14th.  There was also a second occurrence, which happened around February 13th.  The name of the alleged victim was not, and likely will not, be released because she is only 16-years old.

Brian Thomas Hook

Authorities from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District contacted local law enforcement on February 19th.  They had been alerted of the sexual encounters by Pioneer Valley High staff members.  Brian Hook, who is 53-years old, was said to have committed several sexual assaults against one of the students over a 4-month period.

The next day, police obtained a search warrant and went to Hook’s home.  They also investigated other locations related to the crime, but the specific areas were not identified.  Once they served the warrant, Hook was taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail.

At the time of his incarceration, he was being charged with oral copulation, unlawful intercourse, and penetration of a foreign object.  Each of the charges have to do with a minor and all are felony level.  His bail bond was set at $100,000.

Pioneer Valley girls basketball coach Brian Hook talks to his team during a timeout against St. Joseph on Jan. 15, 2014.


As a certificated teacher and coach, Hook was in a position of authority.  Due to the fact that investigation is still in progress, not many details have come to light.  District authorities have only indicated that they are working with law enforcement.  Police are urging that anyone with information about this case contact their detective bureau.  The detective in charge is Sgt. Paul Van Meel.

According to Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, the defendant will be facing four felony charges total for his sexual encounter with the minor.  He will be going to court in the Santa Maria Cook division of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Police Arrest Phillip Cummings for Pulling Gun on Dog

This is the weapon taken from Phillip Cummings after he pulled it on a dog (Santa Barbara Police Department photo)

Suspect had Loaded 9-mm Handgun

by Jae Brattain | posted 02.19.2014

Phillip Edmond Cummings

Phillip Edmond Cummings was out for a stroll with his canine companion in his neighborhood on Tuesday, February 19th.  While on his outing, he came across another dog that was not on a leash or secured.  Fearing that the dog was a threat, he proceeded to get a 9-mm handgun from his home.

The dog was in a driveway which is shared by several apartments.  The canine actually belonged to a nearby neighbor.  After getting his pistol, Cummings pointed the gun at the dog and ordered it to move towards a secure area.  He yelled repeatedly at the animal, apparently thinking it could understand human commands.  The dog eventually did move back and Cummings returned back to his residence.

The incident took place near the corner of De La Vina Street and West Figueroa.  Other neighbors in a nearby apartment complex reported the incident to the Santa Barbara Police Department.  They saw the 41-year old man brandishing the weapon and yelling at the canine.

When officers arrived at the scene, they went to Cummings home.  After knocking on the door, the suspect answered with the gun still tucked in his waistline.  The weapon was fully loaded and as a result, he was arrested.  Cummings did not resist arrest and went with the officers without incident.

He was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail and booked into custody.  His bail bond is set at $35,000 for possession of a firearm in public.  If he does not post bond, his first court date will be Thursday, February 21st, at Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Officials at Santa Barbara County Jail Re-thinking Inmate Release Policy

Santa Barbara County JailReport by Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Points out Several Issues

by Jae Brattain | posted 02.11.2014

In a report by the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury, members point out problems with the release system currently in place by the Sheriff’s Department.  One of the main issues is when inmates are released during the night.  Since the jail is far from public transportation options in terms of walking distance, it is difficult to find a ride.  Deputies were not telling inmates how to find transportation either verbally or in writing.

Santa Barbara County Jail is located on a hill away from commercial businesses.  At night, it could be especially problematic because Calle Real is not as well lit as many residential or business streets.  With an average of 20 to 40 releases in a 24-hour period, many are released at night.  The grand jury report indicates that there was approximately nine releases between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.

The current policy mandates that if an individual is let go during late night hours, the person should be told of the option to stay on the premises until the morning.  Either the individual can sit in the jail lobby area or on benches located outside.  In both cases, the released inmate would not be charged with trespassing by Sheriff’s deputies.  Nevertheless, there is no exact policy in place as to what is being told to a released inmate.

Inside the jail lobby are only two plastic seats

Another issue problematic to the situation is that the jail lobby is devoid of any real seating.  Currently there are two plastic chairs attached to each other, which sits toward the left of the exit door from the detention area.  There are restrooms in the lobby, as well as a drinking fountain.  However, the area can best be described as spartan.

According to Custody Operations Chief Deputy Laz Salinas, the Sheriff’s Department is working on solutions to remedy the issues pointed out in the report by the grand jury.  One possible answer is to have officials from Santa Barbara County Superior Court widen the time frame in which an inmate can be released.  By doing so, it would help better fit public transportation schedules.

Late night releases are especially difficult for individuals that are either mentally ill or have drug and alcohol addiction.  Suzanne Riordan, who is director of the organization Families ACT!, knows first hand of the problem.  Her son had issues with drug addiction and said that her son was once released during the night with only his undershorts.  He passed away of an overdose in 2005.

Santa Barbara Bail Bonds agents also know of the issues.  The jail staff releases inmates during all hours of the night when posting a bond.  Agents do not know if an individual has mental health problems or drug and alcohol addiction if they do not speak directly with the inmate.  In many cases, they deal only with friends and family members who may not disclose these issues.

In some instances, jailers have the option to hold someone for 12-hours past a release date if they feel the individuals safety is in question.  They can also direct someone to Crisis and Recovery Emergency Services, which is under the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services.

One suggestion that grand jury offered was to use a program model after Orange County.  It is privately funded by The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Essentially, a motor home is stationed by volunteers from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.  Released inmates are offered hot beverages, snacks, use of a cell phone, and transportation schedules.

According to Salinas, the jail staff are working to develop something similar in Santa Barbara.  It would provide a temporary safe haven to help inmates transition back into society.  No word was given about the time frame of when the program might start.

Ubaldo De La Cruz-Gonzales and Carlos Rojas-Villafana Accused of Rape

Victim Forcibly Assaulted at Home of Suspects

by Jae Brattain | posted 01.28.2014

A woman reported she had been a victim of rape to the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center on October 24, 2013.  A representative from the organization accompanied the victim to the Santa Barbara Police Department the next day to file charges.

Detectives began an investigation gathering evidence of the crime.  Over a three month period, they were able to conduct personal interviews, gather medical information about the victim through forensics analysis, and conducting surveillance to identify the perpetrators.

Ubaldo De La Cruz-Gonzalez

The victim indicated that she had went with a friend to the home of the assailants located near the corner of North Milpas Street and East Yanonali Street.  They went to “party” and consume alcohol around 10:00 pm on the evening of October 23rd.  After a short time, the friend left the victim alone with Ubaldo De La Cruz-Gonzales and Carlos Rojas-Villafana.

Approximately 40-minutes after the women arrived, the victim tried to leave the house.  However, the two men blocked her path.  They then began forcing her to have sex multiple times.  It was not until the morning that they released the woman.  She told them she had to report to work.  The next day she went to the Rape Crisis Center.

Carlos Rojas-Villafana

Police contacted the two men at their place of work on the East Side of Santa Barbara.  Shortly afterwards, they were taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail.

The first man, De La Cruz-Gonzales, was booked for rape, oral copulation, and digital penetration.  Each crime was committed through physical force.  Rojas-Villafana is being accused of felony assault with intent to commit rape, sexual battery, and also digital penetration by force.  The bail bond amount for both men has been set at $100,000 each.

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Julius Perdomo and Sarah Pet for Drug Sales

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department photo)

Authorities Discover Huge Stash of Marijuana, Psilocybin Mushrooms and Cash

by Jae Brattain | posted 01.22.2014

Julius Perdomo

Julius Perdomo was driving through Isla Vista playing music loudly from his vehicle on Friday, January 17th.  Members of the Isla Vista Foot Patrol pulled him over and found a large quantity of marijuana inside the car.  They also discovered evidence of potential narcotic sales.  He was immediately arrested at the scene.

UCSB Police officers and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the IVFP conducted further investigation of Perdomo.  The 25-year old male had a  girlfriend who stayed at his residence near the corner of Camino Del Sur and El Colegio Road.  Suspecting that the girlfriend might also be involved in the sales of narcotics, authorities were able to get a search warrant.

Sarah Pet, 23, was taken into custody after deputies discovered 58-pounds of marijuana, about one pound of psilocybin mushrooms, and approximately 1.5-ounces of concentrated cannabis.  Psilocybin mushrooms are also known on the streets as Shrooms, Magic Mushrooms, and Psychedelic Mushrooms.  This drug, which is ingested by individuals orally,  causes episodes of hallucinations and alters the users reality perception according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Sarah Pet

Deputies also found $17,000 cash, as well as two safe-deposit keys on the premises.  More search warrants were issued to inspect the safe-deposit boxes.

Authorities discovered an additional mountain of cash, in total about $93,000.  On Tuesday, January 21st, the bank accounts of the couple were also examined.  They found an extra $16,000 from that source.  In total, there was $127,000 seized.

Both Perdomo and Pet are being charged with possession of marijuana and psilocybin mushroom for sales.  They were taken to Santa Barbara County Jail.  The bail bond amount for Perdomo was set at $30,000.  Pet was released from custody on her own recognizance.

Police Nab James Begg in Santa Barbara Narcotics Bust

Suspect in Custody After Two Month Investigation by Detectives

by Jae Brattain | posted 01.20.2014

James Robert Begg

James Robert Begg was arrested by the Santa Barbara Police Department after detectives obtained a search warrant for suspected drug sales.  He was under surveillance for a two month period beginning in November 2013.  According to detectives from the Narcotics and Vice Division, he has been accused of selling heroin, one of the most addictive drugs on the street.

However, Begg countered that he was not actually selling heroin.  His contention was that he gave it freely to those suffering.  Heroin is known to be highly addictive and approximately 23-percent of people actually become physically dependent on it, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Roughly 4.2 million have admitted using the drug at least once.  This equates to approximately 1.6-percent of the population in the United States.

Detectives observed Begg at his home near the corner of Gillespie Street and West Pedergosa Street on Santa Barbara’s westside.  During the two month period, they witnessed the suspect selling narcotics during their investigation. A search warrant was granted to detectives on January 10, 2014.  On Wednesday, January 15th, the warrant was executed to arrest the subject and search his residence.

Begg was taken into custody after he rode away on a bicycle in the morning.  Police officers stopped him a few blocks away and placed him into handcuffs.  They then went back to his home and conducted a thorough search of the premises.  Detectives discovered approximately $400 worth of heroin, nearly $500 in cash, as well as a variety of paraphernalia to use narcotics.  The list included syringes to inject heroin, a weigh scale, and packaging normally associated with drug distribution.

The 50-year old suspect was taken to Santa Barbara County Jail.  His bail bond has been set at $30,000 for felony narcotics sales, as well as felony possession for sales and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.