Bustin’ Down Doors in Riverside Name:Fausto Atilano, Jr. Business Entities:Fausto’s Bail Bonds, Inc., Dignity Bail Bonds, (formerly known as Bulldog Bail Bonds, Inc. and Roaddog Bail Bonds, Inc.) Offices and Locations:Riverside County, Orange County, San Diego County Website:http://www.faustosbailbonds.com/

To say Fausto Atilano, Jr. plays it "fast and loose" while pursuing his business' interests would be charitable. Fausto and Fausto's Bail Bonds have a history of alleged misconduct towards residents of Riverside County, particularly in the course of their "fugitive recovery" (i.e. bounty hunting) activities.

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According to multiple allegations, Atilano or his employees have broken into the homes of their targets (in one case at the wrong location), pointed guns at innocent residents, and in one high-profile case, used a taser weapon on the daughter of the mayor of Wildomar in Riverside County.

Bounty hunters and bail bondsmen enjoy cultivating an image of living "life on the edge" (just ask Dog the Bounty Hunter) but this alleged behavior shows Atilano and his associates ventured far beyond the edge.

In 2011, according to a report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Atilano and another bounty hunter were accused of barging into the home of Wildomar Mayor Marsha Swanson, breaking her grandson's nose and using a Taser weapon on her daughter. The mayor's mother who was 84-years-old then, and uses an oxygen tank, was also home at the time.

Officials with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department called for criminal charges to be field against Atilano and his partner, saying bail bondsmen shouldn’t be allowed to "run amok" with no regard for the law.

Undeterred and apparently having learned little from the above incident, Atilano and another bounty hunter were accused by a Temecula couple of breaking into their home where three teens were home alone. Atilano had the wrong house, but nonetheless terrified the teens as reported once more in the Riverside Press-Enterprise :

"Home alone and with their imaginations running wild about the unidentified men’s intentions, the teens shut themselves in a closet and tearfully called their parents at work, then 911, as the agents kicked in a side door.

Trouble was, the agents had the wrong house. And the man they were looking for? Wasn't there. Never had been.

'When my son called me I felt totally helpless,' the children's father, Anthony Fuehrer said during a recent interview at the family’s home in the Harveston neighborhood. 'I was afraid these men may have been kidnappers or were attempting a home invasion.' "

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's report, Atilano and his bounty hunter partner were wearing tactical vests with lettering that read "Agent" and driving an unmarked black Crown Victoria – presumably to give off the impression they were members of the law enforcement community. 

The family who owned the home would go on to sue Atilano's company. 

As recently as 2015, a bounty hunter working on behalf of Fausto's Bail Bonds reportedly kicked in the door of a 78-year-old woman who was so frightened she called 911. The bounty hunter was allegedly searching for the woman's daughter.

These alleged instances show bail bondsmen like Atilano serve no public safety function under California's current, broken, "money bail" system. To the contrary, it would seem that the bondsmen and bounty hunters associated with Fausto's Bail Bonds seem to leave a long trail of traumatized residents and broken down front doors in their wake, all in pursuit of their bottom line. 

This is but one example of why California's "money bail" system is in desperate need of reform.