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Carrillo details San Diego street fight, arrest



Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo released a written statement Wednesday night providing his account of a Labor Day street fight in San Diego that led to his arrest on suspicion of battery.

In an email statement released shortly before 8 p.m., Carrillo offered his most detailed explanation of the altercation in the city’s popular Gaslamp Quarter but said he would not answer questions until legal charges against him are resolved.

Efren Carrillo

To buttress his explanation, Carrillo also provided an account from San Diego resident Sarah Anaraki, 26, one of several women friends who Carrillo said he was protecting from harassment by a man he identified as Rayan Jastaniyah.

Jastaniyah, 22, of San Diego, was also arrested by police, who stopped the fight and found a third man unconscious in the street.

Carrillo, 31, was in San Diego on what he called a “mini-vacation” with three friends from Sonoma County. On Sept. 2, he went out with his former college roommate, San Diego resident Armando Durazo, and three women invited by Durazo to join them for dinner at Las Adas Bar and Grill. The five then visited Fluxx nightclub, where Oakland rapper Too $hort was performing.

After the club closed, Carrillo, Durazo and the three women were on the street outside the club at about 2 a.m., when Carrillo said he and Jastaniyah got into a “brief pushing altercation” after Jastaniyah had harassed the women.

Carrillo said he and Durazo were a few steps in front of the women when he heard two of them tell Jastaniyah “stop bothering us.”

“He was making physical contact as well as verbally harassing them,” Carrillo said.

“I approached out of concern for the well-being of the women and asked him to back off. There were many people in the vicinity. (Jastaniyah) advanced toward the women again so I pushed him away from them. At that point a brief pushing altercation broke out between me and (Jastaniyah).”

Anaraki, whose account was contained in a report prepared by a private investigator for Carrillo’s attorney, said Jastaniyah had stepped in her path, grabbed her waist and her butt.

“I told him to leave me alone,” she said in the account. “I told him twice, ‘Stop harassing me!’ . . . Efren took a few steps toward us, the guy turned to face him,” she said.

She said Carrillo tried to help her by getting the man away from her and her two friends, Narina Oganesova and Nicole Mayer.

“Carrillo pushed the subject and the subject went into the crowd,” Anaraki’s statement read.

From that point, both statements give a sketchy account of the altercation, including who injured an Arizona man, Jovan Will, 30, who was knocked out and briefly hospitalized.

“Everything occurred so fast that a detailed account with 100 percent accuracy is impossible but I do know that at least two other males lunged toward me in the scuffle,” Carrillo said. “I did see one of the guys attacking me get hit by someone in the crowd. I couldn’t tell who (h)it him. The guy who got hit fell to the ground.” Carrillo’s statement does not identify the man.

“Seconds later the police arrived. I was taken to the San Diego jail,” Carrillo said, along with Jastaniyah.

Anaraki told the private investigator that she had kept her eye on Carrillo and his friend Durazo during the fight and did not see either of them hit anybody, an assertion she said Mayer repeated to police at the time.

Reached by phone late Wednesday, Anaraki declined further comment. “Everything I know is in that prepared statement,” she said.

The accounts represent Carrillo’s first detailed response to his arrest, including where he was and who he was with over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

It started with a drive down from San Diego on Friday Aug. 31 in a rental car with three friends from Sonoma County — identified only as Alex, Don and Paul — and ended with the return trip to Sonoma County on Labor Day, after Carrillo had posted $10,000 bail. He was in police custody for about 10 hours and was released from jail around noon.

Neither Carrillo nor Anaraki, however, say who they believe struck Will. He has declined to comment.

Anaraki said she had two glasses of champagne at Fluxx but was sober when the fight broke out. Carrillo did not disclose if he had consumed alcohol that night.

Both statements put Jastaniyah at the center of the altercation. Authorities have not detailed his involvement in the fight, other than to say that he and Carrillo do not appear to know each other.

Both men were arrested on the same allegations, felony battery and disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.

Detectives turned over the investigation last week to the San Diego city attorney’s office, after downgrading Carrillo’s case to allegations of misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace. The city attorney will determine whether to prosecute.

Lt. Andra Brown, a spokeswoman for San Diego police, last week said she did not know if anyone interceded in Carrillo’s case or exerted political pressure.

Jastaniyah faces a single misdemeanor disturbing the peace allegation. He has not been reached.

Wednesday’s statement reinforced a brief written account issued by Carrillo’s office on Sept. 5, two days after his arrest.

In that statement, Carrillo said he had been socializing with friends and stepped in to protect women from “rowdies.” He has repeatedly refused to discuss the incident over the last two weeks, nine days of which he was in Russia with a group of North Coast residents marking the bicentennial of Fort Ross.

Carrillo, who returned Friday, said last week he planned to release a “full report” telling his side of the story. He emailed his and Anakari’s statement to The Press Democrat at 7:48 p.m. Wednesday, saying in a text message that the late timing came after a full-day meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and “back to back meetings” Wednesday.

“I released it as soon as I could,” he said in the text message.

He said he would not provide any additional information on the incident until “the outstanding legal issues are finally resolved.”

He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 15, but the case could be dropped before then.

Staff Writer Lori A. Carter contributed to this story.

You can reach Staff Writer Brett Wilkison at 521-5295 or brett.wilkison@ pressdemocrat.com.

19 Responses to “Carrillo details San Diego street fight, arrest”

  1. Dick Tracy says:

    @Critic at Large

    Are you suggesting a curfew for public officials? The “higher ranking” the official is, the earlier the curfew?


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  2. Dick Tracy says:


    “You Efrenites think its okay to use force if someone SAYS something you don’t like?”

    Grabbing a woman’s butt is sexual battery.

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  3. StarsUponThars says:

    @ ruben’s “He pushed first. He used force first. You Efrenites think its okay to use force if someone SAYS something you don’t like?”

    pretty sure the statement said that this man actually sexually assaulted AND verbally harassed one of the women Supervisor Carrilo was with.

    Say what you want about whether he was justified or not in pushing this harasser, but i find it telling that no one in this comment thread has even mentioned this assault, or said that this is unacceptable.

    yes, grabbing someone’s butt — especially if you have already been verbally harassing them — is sexual assault. period.

    this is a serious problem in our society, and as a young woman and a feminist it bothers me to no end that people refuse to take a public stand against verbal and physical assault of women. not doing so enables a culture within which this behavior — and worse — is acceptable.

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  4. John says:

    Carillo stop a sexual assault and the idiots here can only slam him for socializing on a vacation. Plenty of witnesses the women were assaulted. Even handcuffing Carillo was ridiculous. What ever Carrillo’s political views are this is cut and dry! I find some of the statements here ridiculous! Some of these people should be ashamed! Just ridiculous!

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  5. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    I doubt if it’s politically connected. It costs money to charge someone and bring it to the courts. All the counties and cities are hurting financially. Carrillo is not a resident of San Diego and he has statements from witnesses clearing him from any physical violence.It’s prudent for them to drop the charges and save the money for worse offenders. Carrillo is leaving the area so why bother?
    After reading the statements from the woman who was harrassed, I was wondering, isn’t the fact that that man grabbed her and touched her even after she said to stop, assault? It’s disgusting to me why men feel they can do this to a woman.

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  6. Grapevines says:

    Just shows what happens when you let the kids come play with the adults. If you can consider any of the other members of the board of stupid-visors adults?

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  7. Not A Chance says:

    For Efren to attack this person, I mean, he MUST have been wearing a “Union Yes” T-Shirt or something to have provoked such a negative a careless reaction like this.

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  8. Snarky says:


    You are absolutely correct in your observation that “it pays to be politically connected.”

    Just look at the latest news item where the City of Santa Rosa was held liable (thus, GUILTY) for its police officers shooting and killing an UN-armed man five years ago.

    Now, as the sidewalks crumble and the painted lines on our surface streets continue to wear to nothing, $500,000 immediately gets paid to the victim’s family of that shooting.

    That isn’t even the total cost lost.. the City of Santa Rosa spent thousands of legal hours attempting to evade being held accountable.

    And, as always, the criminal cops still have their jobs.

    The primary shooter even used an “assault rifle” which anyone ever trained with weapons knows is not for close order shooting… yet that was the shot, at close range, that killed the victim.

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  9. Robert says:

    This same thing plays out in downtown Santa Rosa and Petaluma every weekend. Same result nearly every time. Drop everything down to maybe disturbing the peace. The one who grabbed the girls back side got off very easy.

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  10. Critic at Large says:

    He still hasn’t explained why he was in a bar at 2 a.m. shoving people around. What result did he expect except to end up bloody or in jail. Very poor judgement and behavior for a high ranking elected official here in Sonoma County.

    What facts are going to come out that can possibly explain away his unacceptable behavior?

    Carrillo deserves all of the criticism he has brought on himself and its not over.

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  11. ruben says:

    Efren acted inappropriately. Period. Ridiculous behavior from a 31 year old, let alone an elected supervisor of a county. He is an embarrassment to Sonoma County and should be placed on leave until the true facts can be investigated. he admitted to an assault. He pushed first. He used force first. You Efrenites think its okay to use force if someone SAYS something you don’t like? And remember this is HIS and his friend’s version and it still looks bad for him. I wonder what the other guys version is. Go down to southpark or downtown Santa Rosa or ask the local police what they think about anyone pushing people at 2 am rather than just walking away…. Too many drunks have to take it on themselves because someone said something negative. We learned in grade school sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me. This is NOT OKAY< THIS IS NOT BEHAVIOR WE WWANT OUR KIDS TO MODEL.

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  12. Camino Alto says:

    From GAJ:
    “Curious how Carillo’s initial statement didn’t include a simple sentence like “I did not hit anyone.”

    I agree 100%. Nowhere does he say that he simply tried to get the woman out of there. Isn’t that the right thing to do?

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  13. Noah says:

    I wonder if a regular person would be getting off on a reduced/dropped charge. It pays to be politically connected.

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  14. Reality Check says:


    You’re in a generousl mood. I don’t think anything Carrillo could have said would have limited the wild speculation. This is a crowd that likes first to think the worst of politicians. And, one must concede, that’s not often a bad place to start.

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  15. Bob Whittaker says:

    Same old carefully scripted by his lawyer. It actually sounds as if Efren was the aggressor. “I approached him” (That’s not self defense) No one asked for his help. The women had already told the guy to back off, but Supervisor Carrillo (probably in an effort to impress some 26 year old “ladies”) had to get into a macho shoving match. That is very poor judgement for an elected official and no doubt his judgement was impaired by alcohol. It’s interesting that Supervisor Carrillo leaves the alcohol element out. If this was Supervisor McGuire (who seems to be fueled by Diet Cokes), the story might wash but given the well known propensity for drinking, partying and brawling that Efren has, I don’t believe a word of it. Even worse I can’t believe it took him and his lawyers two weeks to come up with this flimsy “statement ” to his constituents. The fifth district deserves better. I smell a recall.

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  16. GAJ says:

    Curious how Carillo’s initial statement didn’t include a simple sentence like “I did not hit anyone.”

    That would have limited the wild speculation.

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  17. brown act jack says:

    It is not necessary to investigate this as it is a common event in the world after 2 AM.
    Men, women, booze and bars result in fights all of the time.
    Booze loosens the inhibition, men try to take the women away from other men, and the results are predictable.

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  18. GAJ says:

    Sounds like Carillo behaved in a reasonable fashion and the cops were overzealous.

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  19. Dick Tracy says:

    You arm-chair detectives: Cat got your tongue???

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