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It wasn’t the first time this year that someone left a rap concert downtown on a stretcher. What made the Labor Day brawl unusual was the identity of one of the players.

Not Rayan Jastaniyah, a San Diego man who was arrested for fighting; or Jovan Will, the Arizona man who was knocked cold. It was the arrest of the third man involved that stands out: Sonoma County supervisor Efren Carrillo.

Carrillo, 31, and Jastanyah, 22, were booked on suspicion of felony battery causing great bodily injury and misdemeanor disturbing the peace. The fight erupted after closing time outside Fluxx, a nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter where Oakland rapper Too Short had performed.

Carrillo spent ten hours in jail before posting $10,000 bail and going home. The injured man, 31-year-old Will, was hospitalized briefly before returning to his home in Mesa, Arizona.

As Carrillo explained the incident in a written statement, he was in San Diego on personal business. He was socializing with friends when "rowdies approached our group and harassed the women in our group."

"I stepped in to protect them," he said. "I'm anxious to tell my side of the story during legal proceedings."

Carrillo is trained in martial arts, according to news accounts.

The day after he issued a statement, the supervisor declined further comment and headed to Russia on a weeklong group trip to explore the history of Russian settlers on the North Coast.

“His silence has left many key questions unanswered, including who was with him when the fight broke out, who bailed him out of jail, and what attorney is representing the 31-year-old supervisor,” noted the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The paper called Carrillo “one of Sonoma County's youngest and most popular politicians.”

Initially, it was unclear if the case would be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. Battery with injury can be charged either way, police Lt. Andra Brown told reporters. No decision had been made as police were continuing the investigation, with many witnesses to be interviewed.

On Monday, September 10, that much has been decided. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that Carrillo will only face misdemeanor battery charges if the victim decides to pursue a criminal complaint against him.

That decision is expected later this week.

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Gail Powell Sept. 11, 2012 @ 1:19 p.m.

Gov. Brown: Do not commute the sentence if this politico is found guilty of the misdemeanor or else you will suffer the wrath of cravenly ambitious D.A. Bonnie Dumanis, who might be running for office again and wish to make political hay and grandstand like she did with the Santos commutation! Watch out!

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 11, 2012 @ 3:37 p.m.

Brown is not as dumb as Clown Hair (Arnold). Arnold's legacy is forever tainted.

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jnojr Sept. 13, 2012 @ 2:10 p.m.

Brown allowed state employees to unionize. With that one decision, he caused far more harm to the state than Schwarzenegger ever could. And Schwarzenegger is 100% a product of idiot California voters... we threw out Gray Davis and elected Arnold to reform things. He presented an election of items for reform... and 60% of the state listened to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of whining by unions and special interests and rejected it. So of course he became just another Sacramento hack politician... that's what we wanted. We didn't want actual change... we just wanted someone new to lie to us.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:22 p.m.

No, Ronnie Raygun allowed state workewrs to unionize, Clown allowed LOCAL pubic employees to unionize, in 1978.......

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 11, 2012 @ 3:41 p.m.

FELONY Battery and Disturbing the peace are $60K scheduled bond offenses ($50K & $10K), how did this guy get out on a $10K bond?

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tomjohnston Sept. 11, 2012 @ 3:56 p.m.

He was initially booked on suspicion of felony battery causing great bodily injury and misdemeanor disturbing the peace. The charges were reduced: "San Diego Police Detective Gary Hassen said his captain has deemed the case a misdemeanor that would be handled by the city attorney rather than the San Diego district attorney."

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:37 p.m.

The charges were reduced AFTER he bonded out, that decision was made AFTER. When you bail out it is on the original charges at arrest and booking, which were $60K schedules. For him to bond out on $10K he would have had to make his first court appearance- usually 48 hours later at the arraingment, and have the judge lower the charges, or the DA not file formal charges and then he would have been released with no bond-but 48 hours later.

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Javajoe25 Sept. 13, 2012 @ 12:23 p.m.

Come on, guys! This is San Diego! You must have us confused with some law-abiding municipality. Watch the strings, guys; the strings control the movement.

I'm curious about the Russian settlers on the north coast.

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