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San Diego city attorney weighing fate of Carrillo assault case


San Diego police officials say their investigation into the Labor Day street fight that led to Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s arrest is complete and will be forwarded to the city attorney today or Friday.

Efren Carrillo

The city attorney will determine whether or not to prosecute the case, which police officials have deemed a misdemeanor, meaning it will not be handled by the San Diego County District Attorney.

At the time of his arrest, after a 2:10 a.m. fight outside a San Diego nightclub, Carrillo, 31, was jailed on suspicion of felony battery causing serious bodily injury and disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.

Police officials this week downgraded the case. “Based on the statements of the witnesses and the course of the investigation, that was deemed to be the best course of action,” said Lt. Andra Brown. Local officials have refused to release the booking photo.

Carrillo’s arrest Sept. 3 arrest was first reported publicly Sept. 5, prompting him to release a brief statement saying he had come to the defense of women in his group who were being harassed by “rowdies.” He left the next day on a planned trip to Russia and has declined further comment.

The man police identified as the victim, Jovan Will, 31 of Mesa, Ariz., was left unconscious and was briefly hospitalized. He has declined comment.

Another man, Rayan Jastaniyah, 22, of San Diego, also was arrested on the same allegations as those against Carrillo. Police said the case against him will be sent to the City Attorney’s Office as a misdemeanor allegation of disturbing the peace.

Brown, the police lieutenant, said detectives have determined that none of those identified at the center of the fight — the suspects Carrillo, Jastaniyah and the victim Will — appear to know each other.

Carrillo’s trip to Russia is part of a local delegation exploring the history of Russian settlers on the North Coast. He is due to return Friday.

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

11 Responses to “San Diego city attorney weighing fate of Carrillo assault case”

  1. Robert says:

    Since the PD did report that San Diego County declined to release Efrin’s mug shot, it would appear they did try. You may want to contact San Diego County with your dissatisfaction. Some are beating on a horse that others told was dead over a week ago and still they want the horse to pull their agenda cart. That will probably need to be explained to a few of you.

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  2. Sarkyfish says:

    It’s obvious that Carillo is receiving special consideration by the authorities.
    Meanwhile, eschewing responsibility, he runs off on a junket to Russia.

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  3. Snarky says:

    Today is Sept 15 and the Press Demo continues to AVOID publishing the mug shot photo.

    “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” is an ancient expression.

    The mug shot photo is public property. The mug shot photo is public information.

    Since when can the police withhold that photo when that photo is requested by a media outlet such as the Press Demo?

    Either the police are acting illegally or the Press Demo has not really tried very hard to obtain that photo and publish it.

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  4. David J. Spencer says:

    Davd J. Spencer and David Spencer are two different people–don’t confuse the two. David J. Spencer makes no alteration on his original statement, which is based on a reading of the California Penal Code, and that can be Googled for the WSC reader who doesn’t have a Penal Code readily accessible.

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  5. Innocent until proven guilty. In the scheme of things, this really isn’t a big story. Criminalizing everything sells papers though. Who’s to say Efren’s not the victim here?

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  6. @David J. Spencer…I meant to give your analysis on county jail versus state prison a BIG thumbs down but I hit the wrong button. No charges have been filed, you’re all premature. It’s as though you’re already crowding around a public hanging cramming popcorn in your mouths. This might make you feel better about your own pathetic lives—you know what they say: it’s the ones who’ve been in trouble themselves who’re the first to throw the gavel.

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  7. valerie says:

    Throw the book at him!

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  8. PD staff says:

    As several stories have indicated, local authorities have refused to release the booking photo relating to the arrest in San Diego of Efren Carrillo. We have asked repeatedly and, as with any arrest of a prominent official, we would certainly publish it if we had access to it.
    - PD staff

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  9. David Spencer says:

    Actually, I made a mistake in what I said. With the new inmate sentencing policies, even felonies of certain types are not being sent to prison but instead to jail or not even that. Only the most violent felonies are being sent to prison now.

    I spoke too soon. My mistake. I’m sorry.

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  10. Snarky says:

    Today is Sept 13, 2012.

    STILL no photo / mug shot of the booking.

    Alas, the Press Demo is still playing cozy with Sonoma County government people.

    I had hoped the new owner of the PD would have some courage to change the operating bias that has infected the PD for decades.

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  11. David J. Spencer says:

    “…Police officials have deemed a misdemeanor, meaning it will not be handled by the San Diego County District Attorney.”

    The greater meaning, and the more important one, is that if punishment is exacted then it is County Jail time/probation, or less, for a misdemeanor. For a Felony, State Prison time/parole.

    Important distinction, there.

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