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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.

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whats_not_to_understand Sept. 10, 2012 @ 4:29 p.m.

Ok, what is the public interest here? Skin head? Drug user? Thief? How about running a story on curruption in Gov't?


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 10, 2012 @ 4:56 p.m.

He is going to prison, and I am sure many of the felonies he has been convicted for are strikes........but he wont get a 3 strikes sentence for this stuff.


Kmg59 Sept. 10, 2012 @ 5:31 p.m.

Great reporting and excellent photos. I feel sorry for young people who are addicted to meth and heroin. Do the drugs rob them of common decency, leading to total disregard for the property and rights of others? The officers were professional. The defendant was smug.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 10, 2012 @ 7:14 p.m.

Do the drugs rob them of common decency, leading to total disregard for the property and rights of others?

Absolutely, it destroys your entire life.


JoeSanDiego2 Sept. 10, 2012 @ 11:24 p.m.

I would like to thank all these gang idiots for getting tattoos so they are easily caught and convicted. All the way back to Roman times, Tattoos were a mark for slaves, criminals, and whores. Since they could run and change their name, but the tattoo would always identify their place in society. It sure is thoughtful, that this same class of folks, continues to voluntarily uphold the tradition, and make themselves readily identifiable as to their true character. Keep up the good work. We should even provide tax breaks, to help them segregate themselves.


Visduh Sept. 11, 2012 @ 8:36 p.m.

To elaborate on the point you were making, the Nazis tattooed a number on the arm of the captives, usually Jews, they shipped to their concentration camps. While some of the survivors wore those as badges of honor, I dare say none of them would have wanted to have them, and would have skipped that part of their lives if they had any choice. I'm seeing more and more really extreme examples of tats now, and those young(er) folks look freakish and mutilated to me.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:52 p.m.

There was an old man that worked out at Frog's Athletic Club in Solana Beach in the 1990's that had the Nazi concentration camp number tattoos on his forearms. I would see it when he was on the treadmill next to me and I would always wonder what his life was like back then, but would never pry into a persons life on an issue like that. He never offered any history about it and I never put my nose where it didn't belong......but I would have loved to hear his story first hand.


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