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Charges Dropped Against Bail Bondsmen Who Tasered Mayor's Daughter

Charges of misdemeanor battery and trespassing will not be filed against Fausto Atilano or Bryan Stark.

Two bail bondsmen will not be going to court to defend themselves against accusations that they inflicted battery on the adult daughter of a Wildomar City Councilwoman.

Charges of misdemeanor battery and trespassing will not be filed against Fausto Atilano or Bryan Stark, confirmed John Hall, senior public information spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Atilano is the owner of Fausto’s Bail Bonds in Temecula.

after the two bail bondsmen came looking for a young woman they said failed to comply with the terms of her bail bond agreement.

The men showed up at the home of Swanson’s elderly mother, in the 21200 block of Shoemaker Lane in Wildomar. Scranton and her family also lived at the residence, including Scranton’s then-27-year-old son who was an acquaintance of the young woman the bail bondsmen were seeking.

Swanson, who lives nearby and was at the scene, said at the time that the two men barged through her mother’s front door posing as police officers.

Arguing ensued and Swanson said the men used a Taser gun on Scranton, who had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her stomach.

In response to the allegations, shortly after the incident Atilano released a press statement that read, “I was on a legally authorized bail recovery/bond surrender of a defendant on a felony bail bond.”

Atilano said the defendant, Erica Lynch, had failed to comply with the terms of her bail bond agreement and was “determined to be a flight risk for her court appearance.”

Atilano continued, “As authorized under the laws of the State of California, I contacted Erica Lynch at the residence in Wildomar.”

Atilano said in the statement that he identified himself and stated his purpose, which was to deliver Lynch to authorities for surrender on her bail bond.

“Upon contacting Erica Lynch, identifying myself and stating the purpose of my contact, I was jumped and attacked by at least four people who were also at the residence and a pit bull,” Atilano said. “This attack included the brandishing of a knife, being charged at with a 2x6 piece of lumber, being punched and kicked in the head and body, while I was on the ground.

“Fearing for my life, I defended myself and attempted to escape this attack,” Atilano continued.

Two days after the incident, Hall confirmed that the district attorney’s office was reviewing misdemeanor battery and trespassing charges against the men, and police said the conduct of the bail bondsmen crossed the line.

"We are going to file charges with the D.A.'s office against the bail bondsmen, " said Lt Mathieu Burden of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

But speaking through email Wednesday night, Hall said he could not comment on why charges against the men were dropped.

Roberto January 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Just another corrupt former Cop impersonating a police officer. To bad they can violate civil rights without impunity. Typical Riverside County corruption.
Tina Tyra January 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Jess, first of all, you need to get educated. Jamie was not the former mayor. The Mayor was her mother. Secondly, no one was "harboring a fugitive". The young girl was a guest in their home, simply hanging out with Jamie's son. When was the last time you did a background check on anyone entering your home, much less a young lady? "Fugitive" is a strong word as well. How dangerous was this young lady? She flaked out on a bond and yes, that's serious, but it wouldn't have required violence to take her into custody. It's the method that's being questioned. You should get your facts straight next time before commenting on something you know nothing about. Maybe you're a relative of the rogue bounty hunter...?
Roberto January 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Its strange to see the comments of the vigilante justice regulars when a former police officer thug violates the civil rights of this victimized family. Where is the outrage? We in Rail Road County have inferior police service that as taxpayers should require accountability. Instead, we allow our civil rights to be trampled by rogue retired Cops drawing fat pensions and circumventing our right to feel secure in our own homes.
Roberto January 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Judge, District Attorney and police Officers are interconnected. This is why there is no accountibility and mass coruption. No one is safe from having their civil tights violated.
Tonto January 08, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Line the pockets , nothing else seems to matter. Our society and government continues to implode :(

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