Ed Bedford 11:44 p.m., June 19
A young man described as a “documented skin-head” was in court today charged with four felonies.
Police Officer Mario Sainz said he was called to a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in Escondido because a man and woman went into the men’s bathroom and wouldn’t come out.
When Chase Evans Jenkins came out of the bathroom, “I first noticed he had a syringe in his hand,” the cop said. Next a woman came out of the same bathroom and the cop said he noted “scabby skin patches” on her face, which the cop associated with drug use.
With assistance from Officer Aaron Heath, the bathroom was searched and a burnt spoon and a bulb-ended-pipe and a set of keys were found under some paper towels.
Officer Mario Sainz said he walked outside and used the alarm button on the key set and was able to flash the lights on a Jeep in a parking lot nearby. That Jeep was reported stolen out of Carlsbad the day before, but the other police department declined to take over, according to Officer Sainz, so he pursued it.
When Officer Sainz checked a nearby Motel 6, at 900 North Quince Street, he said there was a room rented to Chase Evans Jenkins, confirmed with a California ID card. Inside that room, Escondido Police found a computer and cell phones and jewelry that belonged to the same Carlsbad man who had reported his Jeep stolen, on August 22. Also found was a pawn ticket for three items of jewelry left with an Oceanside business.
Surveillance video from a nearby business confirmed that Chase Evans Jenkins had been driving the stolen Jeep, according to Officer Sainz. The picture was “really high quality” and the distinctive tattoo on the suspect’s neck was plain to see, according to Sainz.
Prosecutor Jerry Gonzales alleged Chase Evans Jenkins, 25, has three prior felony convictions, for drugs and stolen goods, beginning in 2005 when Jenkins was 18 years old.
Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered the defendant held on four new felonies, including stolen vehicle and burglary and possession of stolen property. Jenkins pleaded not guilty through his public defender and is next due in court October 9.