Felon Repeatedly Released Under COVID-19 Rule Gets Arrested Twice More In 5 Days

Holly Matkin

Jason Gaul managed to stay out of jail for less than four days before he was charged with another felony.

San Joaquin County, CA – A career criminal who was already on probation for prior felonies has been arrested twice in five days after repeatedly being released from jail due to California’s new COVID-19 policy.

The Judicial Council of California voted to enact the $0 cash bail emergency order last week as part of an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by reducing inmate populations across the state, KCRA reported.

Under the ruling, most misdemeanor offenders and so-called “lower-level” felony offenders cannot be held on bail.

The COVID-19 policy went into effect on Monday, much to the benefit of 33-year-old career criminal Jason Gaul, KTXL reported.

The four-time felon, who had been sitting in jail since February for allegedly stealing a vehicle, was allowed to walk out of jail on April 10 in anticipation of the $0 cash bail rule going into effect.

By Tuesday – just four days later – officers busted him sitting inside another vehicle he was attempting to steal, the Stockton Police Department (SPD) said in a press release.

Gaul ignored the officers’ commands and tried to fight them off when they attempted to remove him from the vehicle, so he was ultimately tased and taken into custody.

Gaul was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and vehicle tampering, but was released from jail again later that day because of the COVID-19 $0 bail order, according to KTXL.

“Now that there’s zero bail, as soon as they finish booking him…he’ll be walking out the front door again,” San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow said in a video posted to the department’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

“This is what we’re going to be dealing with,” Sheriff Withrow added. “We’ll be waiting for him when he goes to steal another vehicle.”

As the sheriff predicted, Gaul was arrested yet again on Wednesday after officers found him inside another stolen vehicle, the San Juaquin County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO) said in a press release.

He has been charged with vandalism, committing a crime while released from custody, grand theft during a state of emergency, and grand theft of an automobile.

According to the SJCSO, this time his offenses render him ineligible for release under the $0 bail policy.

“As we have stated before, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home order in place, all local law enforcement agencies are working together and will continue to do so to assure the safety and security of our community,” the sheriff’s office said.

Comments (19)
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Backing Blue
Backing Blue

Sending to live with the fucking piece of shit governor

Musical1
Musical1

Some people just never learn - not the criminal - the dumbass who came up with this brilliant idea.

JBoH
JBoH

Is this a contest between California and New York...to see who can release the most criminals ? Just curious.

flybynight
flybynight

Not the usual susp............. Nevermind.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Hey, it's California. Did anyone expect anything better? Am I the only one tired of coddling these repeat offenders? Doesn't California need to fill the cracks on the fault lines? Just an idea...

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

He’s a waste of time so I have two words...Hang him

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Maybe we can get him a nice case of
covid-19

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

Great work officer's!!!! I know it's hard to see a career felon get out with a slap in the hands. I just hope all this can change soon .

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Look at that grin on his face. Says it all! California is heaven for criminals.

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

I'm waiting for the story when one of these no bail reoffenders is booked back in and becomes the facility patient zero. I hope the other inmates sue Newsome.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

What a f••king waste of oxygen!! Filth like this just need to disappear!! Let him rot in hell.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Someone should have seen this coming.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

I pray that the piece of shit gov newsom, or especially his family members, get victimized by one of these criminals he releases. Please God make that happen.

JCRPI
JCRPI

This has nothing to do with unfortunate unintended consequences - this was predictable, and the direct and inevitable of stupidity. Good luck California.

Schick56
Schick56

I wonder how many repeat offenders in Chicago are doing the same thing? IDIOTS, 😠

jeffmikkola
jeffmikkola

i would say shoot him that will do it. he is going to same thing over an over again.with a slap on the waist come on now be for real.


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