Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Poor Nicholas Elizondo just can't catch a break: Bakersfield Barney Fife arrests him for finding one bullet
I thought I had crappy luck, but Nicholas Elizondo makes me look like a lottery winner by comparison. First, the guy served time for a crime he most assuredly didn't commit after being prosecuted by one of the chief proponents of the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic in Bakersfield. Then, the guy has been ridiculed for winning custody of his child after the mother was proven to be an unfit parent. Then, just a few days ago, this very site added a nomination to a woman who suggested the unfit mother kidnap the child because this man is on the registry.
Now, the guy was arrested, and his child taken away, because cops say they found a single bullet in his car. A bullet. Poor guy just can't catch a break!
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A convicted sex offender has temporarily lost custody of his 6-year-old daughter after he was arrested at a traffic stop.
Nicholas Elizondo was arrested Sunday after a Bakersfield police officer found a bullet in his truck while conducting a traffic stop.
Elizondo said Monday that the bullet belonged to his 20-year-old son.
"I think the fact that I was convicted of a sex crime and my daughter was with me,” said Elizondo, “I think that played into law enforcement's decision to make a big thing out of an old rusty bullet in the back of my truck."
His daughter was with him at the time of the arrest and was taken to the A. Miriam Jamison Children's Center, where she will remain until an investigation is completed.
Elizondo said he believes it was unnecessary for police to take his daughter into protective custody.
“I had somebody who was available to take care of her," said Elizondo, referring to his son and 24-year-old stepdaughter. “There was no reason to take her into custody. She was not in danger”
The custody case of the 6-year-old girl generated public attention after the girl's mother contacted media. An Oklahoma judge awarded custody to Elizondo, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 1995.
Elizondo said the charges against him were false, and that the girl was coached by her mother, Elizondo’s first wife.
The child from the 1995 incident indeed testified at a 2012 child custody hearing for the current 6-year-old girl that she fabricated the accusations, but Elizondo remains a registered sex offender.
“I just hope they give her back, so I can move on with my life,” said Elizondo. “If not, I’ll probably hire an attorney.”
The Department of Health Services inspected Elizondo’s home on Monday and has yet to determine whether to return custody.