Vigilantes Capture Suspect Who Ran Over Man, Beat Him, Tie Him Up At Crime Scene

Sandy Malone

Deputies found Thomas Bechtold beaten and tied to a telephone pole in the intersection where he ran over James Leslie.

Valley Springs, CA – Vigilantes returned the suspect in a hit-and-run crash to the scene of his crime, and left him beaten and tied to a telephone pole.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Nall Street and Westhill Road in Valley Springs at about 4:30 p.m. on April 3 for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, according to a post on the official Facebook page of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that 29-year-old Thomas Bechtold was arguing with 47-year-old James Leslie when Bechtold got into his vehicle and ran Leslie over.

The sheriff’s department said Leslie was knocked unconscious and Bechtold fled the scene.

Deputies were searching for Bechtold when they received a call at about 7:30 p.m. notifying authorities that the suspect had been returned to scene of his crime, according to the Calaveras Enterprise.

“When deputies arrived, they found Bechtold, battered with his hands tied behind his back and tethered to a telephone pole,” the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

Deputies arrested Bechtold and booked him into the Calaveras County Jail, the Calaveras Enterprise reported.

The sheriff’s department said Bechtold has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious injury, and felony hit and run.

He was being held on $2.19 million bail, according to the Calaveras Enterprise.

Court records showed that Bechtold was convicted of a domestic violence incident in 2018 and sentenced to a year in the county jail.

He was on probation when he was arrested for attacking Leslie with his vehicle, the Calaveras Enterprise reported.

The sheriff’s department said the investigation was ongoing and asked that anyone with information contact law enforcement.

Comments (27)
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flybynight
flybynight

Well done, do it every time you get the chance as far as I'm concerned. The cops can't be everywhere.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

I hope this becomes a trend... although I wouldn't bet money on it.
Too many sheeple just stand around and watch crime happen while taking pics and selfies...

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Too bad the POS didn't die.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Sounds like a gang related drug deal gone bad. The vigilantes knew where to find the guy, but instead of beating him to death and making themselves murder uspects, they chose to stick him in prison for a long time. Well done!

Onthefence
Onthefence

Sorry but to much bad shit happening eye for an eye tooth for a tooth

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

High five to the ones that did that! Wish I’d see more people doing that nowadays.

AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

Works for me. 👍

Brucefer
Brucefer

Most of the time I try to hear all the facts of an altercation before passing judgment. This P.O.S. is on probation for domestic after being sentenced a year, I say he got what he deserved.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Sweet!

ikaika
ikaika

This is the best feel-good story of the week. Happy Easter!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

We're going to see more and more of this! Watch and see, as bad guys are mistreating the police and citizens, there are going to be people come out of the woodwork, who believe in justice and just handle it! So many Judges these days are off their rocker, wouldn't surprise me if the "groups" don't just handle the punishment phase of it as well since the courts only issue slaps on the hands most times?

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

$2.19m bail. Nice. Beats getting a subway card and released like a certain other state does.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I don't think were getting the whole story something is missing

Rayb
Rayb

Good job vigilantes.... sometimes police need help...they got the job done no need to pursue it..

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Never thought I would agree with vigilante justice but the Left has made our communities less safe; tied the hands of LE, and encouraged no justice in our courts. Vigilantes will make mistakes - but the courts make horrible mistakes every day. Still on the fence with this but not sure that I've heard a better option.

Dennis4601
Dennis4601

Street justice is the only justice 👍💪

Stanracer
Stanracer

A little street justice. 🤣🤣👍👍

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good Job Charles Bronson would have loved this

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

vigilante |ˌvijəˈlan(t)ē|
noun
a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.

Ok. Will someone tell me: What did they do that was wrong? In a commercial robbery, if a private citizen knocks the perp in the face and takes his pistol from him, then holds him for LEO, then the 'news' outlets will call him a hero. In this case they describe these private citizens as vigilantes. How is what they did different from what happened with the H&R- ASSFEL folk?

MokesBriezy
MokesBriezy

One, I hope they used a big long stick to keep in compliance with distancing! Two, I bet that b Carol Baskin had something to do with this 🐯

Johndgb
Johndgb

Looks like they should have spent some more time working on him.


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