Lake Tahoe News covers Justin Brothers Bail Bonds / Doug Lewis criminal charges

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Carson City bounty hunter Doug Lewis faces charges in S. Tahoe

On: March 13, 2013,  By: admin, In: News3 Comments


Doug Lewis Nevada Bounty Hunter with Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Doug Lewis Nevada Bounty Hunter with Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Five misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Carson City bounty hunter in regards to his actions in South Lake Tahoe.

Douglas Lewis with Justin Brothers Bail Bonds has been charged with unlawful arrest, aggravated trespass, vandalism, battery and damaging a vehicle.

The incident occurred in October at the South Lake Tahoe home of Ty Robben. Robben wanted felony charges filed against the suspect. He said the bounty hunters broke down his door and used a Taser on him.

Robben has since filed a civil suit against the Carson City firm and has protested the Justin Brothers with the large crime scene tape. “Protesting will continue against the Justin Bros for the duration” Robben said.

It was the delay in action that led Robben in January to protest near the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Doug Lewis starred in a TV show called Bounty Hunter watch it here: http://youtu.be/dckPsFvYrdc?t=7m48s

Doug Lewis is also doing business on a permanently revoked Nevada business license according to the Nevada Secretary of State website http://nvsos.gov/SOSEntitySearch/corpsearch.aspx?st=c&ss=nevada%20bail%20enforcement

– Lake Tahoe News staff report

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Justin Brothers Bail Bonds Carson City charged with criminal activity in bounty hunter case gone bad

Tahoe Tribune News covers the story – Charges filed in police protest case against Justin Brothers Bail Bonds ‘Bounty Hunter’ Doug Lewis

Tahoe Tribune story on Ty Robben

Tahoe Tribune

The El Dorado District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a bail bondsman for an October incident that spurred a protest against the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe filed five misdemeanor counts against bail bondsmen Douglas Lewis for an October incident in the Sierra Tract neighborhood in which bounty hunters allegedly entered the home of Todd “Ty” Robben in an attempt to bring him into custody on a Nevada warrant.

The counts against Lewis include unlawful arrest, aggravated trespass, vandalism, battery and damaging a vehicle, according to court documents.

A man who answered the phone at Justin Brothers Bail Bonds Tuesday morning declined to say how Lewis could be reached. The man said there is no comment on the charges before hanging up.

During the October incident, bondsmen from the company entered the Pinter Avenue home of Robben and shocked him with a Taser in an attempt to take him into custody, according to Robben’s account of the incident.

Robben contends the bondsmen did not have a legal warrant for the search.

The pace of the investigation into the incident led Robben to organize a protest against the police department along Al Tahoe Boulevard in January

source: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/5522111-113/incident-robben-bail-bondsmen

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I want to say thank you to the South Lake Tahoe Police and El Dorado County District Attorney for getting this done. Please see more at https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/.

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Tahoe Mountain News covers part II of the Ty Robben vs. Justin Brothers Bail Bonds ‘Bounty Hunter’ case where criminal charges have been filed against agent Doug Lewis

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tmn The Tahoe Mountain News covered part one of the story here: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/tahoe-mountain-news-covers-ty-robbens-south-lake-tahoe-police-protest/

and here: http://www.mountainnews.net/201302/#/1

and https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/justin-brothers-bail-bonds-illegally-broke-into-home-illegally-used-a-taser-on-ty-robben/

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By Heather Gould March 2013, Source: http://www.mountainnews.net/201303/#/11/zoomed

Ty Robben may be ‘radical’ – but he may also be right. Mt. News

Apparently Mr.Lewis also fails to have a current Nevada Business License! You can check on-line and see http://nvsos.gov/SOSEntitySearch/corpsearch.aspx?st=c&ss=nevada%20bail%20enforcement

 Entity Name  NV Business ID  Status  Type
NEVADA BAIL ENFORCEMENT, LLC NV20041305929 Permanently Revoked Domestic Limited-Liability Company

Bounty Hunter Douglas Lewis will face five misdemeanor charges in connection  with an October 18 incident at the Sierra Tract home of local resident Todd ”Ty ” Robben, in which he attempted to take Robben into custody on a misdemeanor contempt of court warrant out of Carson City. See https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/justin-brothers-bail-bonds-illegally-broke-into-home-illegally-used-a-taser-on-ty-robben/

Robben’s door was broken down. he was “tased” at least twice, his tires were slashed and he had to bolt into a nearby field to escape, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police report. The charges against Lewis, filed by the EI Dorado County District Attorney’s office, include allegedly failing to obtain a California warrant for the capture of Robben, aggravated trespass for allegedly forcing his way into Robben’s home, alleged vandalism of a dwelling for breaking down the door, alleged battery for tasing Robben, and alleged damage to a vehicle for slashing Robben’s tires. Doug Lewis could not be reached for comment by press time.

Robben sought more serious felony charges and wonders why other individuals accompanying and assisting Lewis were not charged as well. He said he was nevertheless “relieved” that El Dorado County authorities had acted, and that his faith in the system had been restored somewhat after months of frustration over the handling of the case.

Robben protested in front of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department in late January. claiming the police were failing to take him seriously and investigate his case in a timely manner, due to his activism against government and a negative portrait painted of him by law enforcement in Nevada.

Hans Uthe, the Tahoe-based assistant district attorney. Said felony charges were not filed against Lewis largely because he had failed to get clearance from a California judge. “As a professional bounty hunter he should have known he had to do that. It would have been very easy for him to do.” And though Lewis was apparently assisted by others in his attempt to capture Robben, only he is being charged because he was the leader or boss of the pursuit, said Uthe. ” It was hi s decisions, his determinations how to proceed.” Uthe said. “We’re holding him responsible.”

In statements on the matter, police officials said they had made every effort to accommodate Robben, given time and staffing constraints. The police report was completed and released after the Tahoe Mountain News filed a California Public Records Act request.

Robben did compliment the police department for finishing the report when it did . The 164-page report contained 14 pages devoted to investigation of the alleged crimes and 150 pages of applicable statutes and legal precedents submitted by Robben.

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Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Robben has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the bail bond company, Justin Brothers Bail Bonds, that employed Lewis and has also protested in front of the their Carson City and Reno offices. Owner Dennis Justin said he had “no comment what so ever” about the suit or the charges filed against Lewis.

See https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/charges-filed-in-justin-bros-bail-bonds-bounty-hunter-case/

At the time of Lewis’s alleged crimes against Robben, Robben was out on bail on charges including assault after attempting to serve a subpoena for a friend on a Nevada state official named Susan Martinovich with the Department of Transportation. The friend had filed suit against the department, claiming he was fired for exposing wrongdoing. The suit is similar to one filed by Robben against the Nevada Department of Taxation, his former employer, which is currently on appeal. Robben calls himself a “supporter of whistleblowers.”

The woman being served said she felt threatened and was accosted by Robben and later received a restraining order against him. Robben said the situation was all turned around and that she assaulted him by driving over his toe. Eventually. All charges were dropped,  except one – disorderly conduct – which will be dismissed if Robben complies with court conditions for a year.

Robben does have two other restraining orders against him including one by his brother from whom he has been estranged for five years with absolutely no contact and who lives in Florida. The other one was issued under false pretenses to an employee in his previous place of work who was angry with Robben reported him for sending pornography over government computers, Robben said.

The contempt of court warrant was issued – in error by Carson city Judge John Tatro, says Robben – after he supposedly failed to show up for a court check-in. The matter was cleared up when he later checked in.

Amnesty International has classified lasers as deadly weapons.

Noted bail bondsmen and bounty hunter Leonard Padilla commented on the actions of the bounty hunters. The easiest way to catch a fugitive is to talk them into surrendering, said Padilla. Something the bounty hunters allegedly did with Robben for ten minutes according to the police report, before breaking down his door which is permitted, said Padilla. If one is 100 percent sure. not 80 percent sure. Not 98 percent sure, but 100 percent sure, that the fugitive is inside. He said tasers must be deployed with care so as not to cause undue harm. “Not everyone can go and buy a taser and s tart tasing people. You have to have special training” Padilla said. Amnesty International has classified lasers as deadly weapons. Finally, the slashing of tires perplexed Padilla. After nearly 40 years in business, he has never used such a tactic, which he called “childish” and “comical.” The best time to catch someone is when they leave a dwelling to go to a car, he said. Or as they drive off.

In the police report, the bounty hunters said they didn’t ‘t want Robben to drive in what they said was a fragile mental slat. Stating he had been under psychiatric care, an assertion Robben vehemently denies. He was put on suicide watch
while initially in the Carson City jail,  a tactic used to imprison him in solitary confinement. Robben wrote he has been “certified as sane … has no prior criminal record … has never been hospitalized for mental health! This is character assassination’ of me.” He earlier provided a letter to the Mountain News from the EI Dorado County Department of Mental Health stating he does not qualify for services, so is therefore of sound mind, said Robben.

Additionally. Robben contends, police officers stood by while the bounty hunters went about their allegedly illegal activities and did not intervene while he was attacked and pursued. The report does not note any action taken by South Lake Tahoe police and states an officer was in the area at the time.

Bounty hunters do have broad powers to pursue, capture and detain fugitives. The report also said police declined to assist the bounty hunters given it was a misdemeanor, non-extraditable warrant out of another state. The report said the South Lake Tahoe Police did briefly search for Robben after he ran to try and convince him to give himself up. South Lake Tahoe Police spokesman Lt. David Stevenson said he would not comment further. The report said the bounty hunters continued to search for Robben for five hours after he fled. Robben said he hiked to a friend’s house and furtively hid out in his RV so the friend would not be charged with harboring a fugitive. He then made his way to the Black Jack Inn at Stateline where he watched the Giants win the playoffs

Bounty Hunter Nevada Bail Enforcement agent Doug Lewis Charged with Assault/Battery March 2013. Doug Lewis stars in this National Geographic episode of Leonard Padilla “Bounty Hunter” filmed in Reno and Sparks Nevada.

See the full episode below or here: http://youtu.be/dckPsFvYrdc?t=7m48s

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Read the story here: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/charges-filed-in-justin-bros-bail-bonds-bounty-hunter-case/

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds criminal complaint

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds criminal complaint

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds criminal complaint

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds criminal complaint

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Justin Brothers Bail Bonds