September 25, 2008
W. Jordan Bail Bondsman on Other Side of the Law, Police Say
By Sara Israelsen-Hartley Deseret News
OREM -- A bail bondsman who police say pushed his way into two homes and dragged out a suspected bail jumper and frightened a woman now faces felonies of burglary, theft and two counts of kidnapping.Pablo Alcalde, 60, a bail bondsman from West Jordan, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Court with burglary, robbery and two counts of kidnapping -- all second-degree felonies.
He was arrested Sept. 16 and bailed out two days later on $200,000 cash-only bail, and on Wednesday his attorney, Richard Uday, asked for a hearing on Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m.
Uday declined to answer questions after the hearing. A Pablo Alcalde who owns Real Bail Bonds in West Jordan initially acted confused when the Deseret News called to ask for a comment about the charges, then changed his mind and said he had no comment.
Police say on Sept. 4, Alcalde went to a home in American Fork and when a woman answered the door, he pushed her out of the way and forcefully entered her home.
He said he was looking for a man, but when he didn't find him, he handcuffed the woman inside and demanded that she come with him, according to police affidavit filed in court.
While the woman was handcuffed in his car, police say he drove around Orem and American Fork looking for a person who had jumped bail.
Each time Alcalde approached a residence, he would leave the woman in the car, according to the affidavit.
The woman told police she was upset and frightened and didn't know what the man was going to do with her. Alcalde finally dropped the woman off in the middle of the street, police said.
Alcalde also accosted another man in his home in American Fork and put him in his car in handcuffs, according to the affidavit. The man was driven around to multiple addresses and after two hours, was dropped off at a spot in American Fork and told he could leave.
The man said Alcalde also handed him back his passport, saying he had taken it from the man's car that had been parked in front of his home.
Police say Alcalde never informed local law enforcement that he was a bail agent attempting to apprehend people in the area.
Alcalde was booked in to the Utah County for two separate investigations with both victims; however, prosecutor Randy Kennard filed the cases together.
Kennard said he'll be meeting with the victims in the next few days.
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