Days after his release from the San Luis Obispo County Jail on a $50,000 bail, 31-year-old Justin Silvernale was arrested in Monterey County.
Silvernale was in jail facing 10 felonies and misdemeanors after an incident on Oct. 11, 2014, in Paso Robles. According to SLO County court records, he posted a bail bond March 17, which was forfeited when he failed to appear in court on March 24.
- PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF
Silvernale was rearrested in Salinas on March 19, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department. The Salinas Police Department recommended two felony charges for robbery of $40,000 and a parole violation.
New Times first reported on March 5 about the circumstances of Silvernale’s local arrest (“Diary of an arrest”).
That story detailed how Paso Robles officers Michael Rickerd and Jeffrey DePetro responded to a call of harassment and a potential physical altercation. A video of the arrest shows that upon arriving at the location, they determined Silvernale was in possession of a reportedly stolen vehicle. The arrest soon turned violent, resulting in both Silvernale and the officers exchanging blows, and DePetro deploying his dog to achieve additional “pain compliance control” while Silvernale was on the ground.
Silvernale’s SLO-based attorney, Raymond Allen, claimed in court documents that police were overly aggressive and used excessive physical force during the arrest.
As for the arrest in Monterey County, Allen commented by email: “First, we have no information regarding that arrest and we should make all the obvious presumptions toward innocence as in any criminal case; and second, regardless of this new matter, excessive force remains an important issue in his SLO case for many throughout the nation.”
Silvernale was scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination on April 2, according to Monterey County Superior Court records.