Daniel Lee Bell, of Seaside, was arrested at 12:14 p.m. on a $150,000 warrant. The warrant stemmed from a Dec. 30, 2013, report by a woman who told police she had been raped by an unknown man.
At the time of the alleged assault, Bell was on duty as a uniformed security guard patrolling apartment complexes throughout Monterey County. Employed by San Jose-based Code 3, Bell was driving a marked security vehicle and wearing a duty belt with pepper spray, a baton and a stun gun, police said.
The woman and her male companion were contacted by Bell on the 700 block of Pine Street in Monterey as they walked home from a local bar. They thought Bell was a police officer due to his uniform and marked vehicle, the woman told police.
Police arrested 29-year old Mario Cardoso for attempted rape of an intoxicated woman. Few details about the case are being released right now because investigators are still trying to piece the case together, investigators said.
The assault happened Sunday around 9:40 p.m. under the pier at 700 Cannery Row.
For some “medical treatment”.
Sentencing for convicted rapist Thomas Pollacci has been delayed until November to allow him time to seek medical treatment for “recently discovered medical issues.”
Deputy Public Defender Michelle Wouden said her client “is addressing medical concerns prior to being sent to state prison, not at the county expense.”
Pollacci was to have been sentenced this morning to six years in prison for raping a woman in his parents’ travel trailer. The sentence was part of a plea bargain that spared him a potential 30-to-life sentence for three rapes.
Faced with nine women waiting to testify he had raped them over three decades and one survey that showed 95 percent of the public believed he was probably guilty, Pollacci didn’t like his odds.
As a condition of his plea agreement, he was required to dismiss his appeal in that case and to waive all rights of appeal in the current case as long as he receives the stipulated sentence. He must serve at least 85 percent of the total 14-year sentence, nearly 12 years, before he is eligible for parole. He has served 13 months.
Normal delays. But article does mention that the former P.G. Ron’s Liquors clerk is a guest of the former P.G. Police Chief’s jail, and sadly has not made it to the ‘Big House’ yet.
(Judge) Grover had to postpone the discussion because of jury selection in another case and asked public defender Michelle Wouden and deputy district attorney Mike Breeden to return at 8:30 a.m. June 17 for arguments
Pollacci, who has been in county jail since receiving an eight-year prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of rape last summer, appeared in court briefly Wednesday afternoon
And lawsuits have been filed against the Pollaccis and the liquor stores, which coincidentally are in escrow
Prosecutor Michael Breeden did not get all he asked for Friday. Judge Adrienne Grover, who was recently assigned to the case, said the account of one woman who says she was kidnapped from her home by Pollacci and another man, taken to the Carmel River and raped 31 years ago is too dissimilar to the other women’s stories and too damaging to Pollacci to be told to his new jury.
According to statements in court, one of the women who has yet to tell her story publicly maintains she met Pollacci when she bought a bottle of water at Ron’s Liquors and told him she was going to the beach to study. She told investigators Pollacci later found her on the beach south of Asilomar, walked her to her car and raped her in the parking lot.
Tommy has a public defender?
The trial of former liquor store worker Tom Pollacci — who was convicted last year of raping a woman before being charged with three more rapes — will not be moved to Madera County as his public defender had sought.
Though Pollacci’s attorney, Michelle Wouden, had argued the trial should be moved because it would be difficult to seat an impartial jury considering the extensive news coverage of Pollacci’s criminal cases, Superior Court Judge Terrance Duncan ruled May 20 the trial will stay in Monterey County.
So, who is Miller referring to in that last sentence?
Five of seven council members, though, said the ordinance had too many bugs, including that it placed too much burden on employers and was not easily enforceable.
“I see that we want to protect individuals … it’s our obligation,” councilman Ken Cuneo said at the meeting. “I don’t know if by adding another layer of law it will make anybody safer in doing so.”
However, Miller told The Pine Cone this week that he and Garcia, both of whom voted for the ordinance last week, haven’t given up on it yet.
Miller told the council why he and Garcia drew up the ordinance, which he said would help officials “protect people who can’t protect themselves.”
“The reason this came up is for years there was somebody in town,” Miller explained, “who I knew factually would ask for identification for purchase of alcohol … and show up at their houses after taking their addresses from their driver’s license.”
An attorney for former Pacific Grove businessman Thomas Pollacci, 50, filed a motion to dismiss one of the rape charges, but a judge denied the motion Thursday afternoon.
Pollacci was sentenced to eight years in prison in June after a jury convicted him of raping a woman inside a loft above Ron’s Liquors in Pacific Grove.
Wonder if he checks IDs in P.G.?
Marina police arrested Pacific Grove resident Benny Torres after he reportedly raped a woman somewhere in the 300 block of Reservation Road. Lt. Rick Janicki would not reveal any details of the case, other than to say the woman knew Torres and reported the rape at around 11:15 a.m. Officers’ investigation led them to Pacific Grove, where, with the help of colleagues from PGPD, they took Torres into custody.