Gomez held in Douglas jail without bail
Six months after ex-felon David Gomez slipped out of the courthouse prior to arraignment, he was back in Douglas County Jail, held without bail.
Gomez, 31, was returned to Douglas County this week following his arrest March 21 in Antioch, Calif.
He appeared Wednesday before East Fork Judge Tom Perkins on new felony charges of ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and coercion, along with multiple misdemeanor charges.
He told Perkins he had his own lawyer, but couldn’t remember the man’s name.
Perkins set his next hearing for April 9.
Gomez declined to sign paperwork acknowledging he understood his rights or was willing to waive a speedy hearing.
He questioned the judge why charges wouldn’t be heard by the Washoe Tribal court that signed the complaint filed by Douglas County.
“If you have an attorney, he can argue on your behalf,” Perkins said.
Gomez is to appear April 15 before District Judge Tod Young, where the defendant was headed before he disappeared Oct. 1, 2013.
Gomez, free on bail at the time, was set to plead guilty to multiple charges that could mean life in prison, but he left the courthouse moments before his 9 a.m. arraignment, leaving behind his pregnant fiancée.
Gomez told his then-attorney, Jamie Henry, he had a family emergency, but would be back.
Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that a warrant be issued immediately, but Senior Judge Charles McGee gave Gomez a six-hour window, issuing the warrant at 3 p.m.
Trotter had filed a motion in September that Gomez’s bail be increased from $28,774 because she alleged he was an “extreme flight risk.” Henry filed an opposing motion arguing that her client, who had been out on bail for a week at the time, kept in contact with the Department of Alternative Sentencing, and tested negative. She said he needed to be out of custody to support his fiancée, who had health issues complicating her pregnancy.
Young declined to increase Gomez’s bail.
Gomez’s older charges include trafficking in a controlled substance, being an habitual felon, and possession of a dangerous weapon.
He was arrested in May 2013, after he ran from deputies trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation.
When he was taken into custody, deputies reportedly found 27.9 grams of methamphetamine, empty plastic bags, a switchblade, a pay notebook and $457.
Gomez has a lengthy criminal history and multiple failures to appear.
He spent 3-1/2 years in prison before being released in November 2012.
Gomez has served two prior prison terms for selling methamphetamine, and eluding a peace officer who believed Gomez was trying to run him over with a van.
Gomez’s sister, Juana, is facing charges of aiding and abetting her brother. She is accused of providing David Gomez with a place to stay on her family property.
When deputies responded Dec. 9, 2013, to a 911 hang-up from her residence, they discovered what they believed to be her brother’s living quarters, outfitted with a surveillance system, computer and containing weapons and drug paraphernalia.
David Gomez was not there.
The charges filed against him this week allege that he battered his sister in December, and knocked her cell phone out of her hands as she attempted to call 911. He is also charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to the felonies.