Sheriff investigates woman's claim of unlawful entry

Sheriff investigates woman's claim of unlawful entry »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The loud banging on her doors woke up Star Hills at around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

"Open the door now!" shouted the official just outside her window.

Hills grabbed a video camera and recorded Kern County Sheriff's deputies and at least one unidentified bounty hunter entering her home without her consent.

"Is Mr. Baker in your house?" asked an unidentified sheriff's deputy.

Deputies and the bounty hunter were looking for Joseph Baker, who was charged with a misdemeanor count of assault on a peace officer. Baker was not at the home, but that did not stop them from continuing their search of Hills' home.

During the search, Hills repeatedly kept asking to see a warrant and for the names of the deputies and bounty hunter in her home.

"I have a bench warrant," responded the bounty hunter.

"Where is it?" Hills asked in return.

"Actually, I don't need a bench warrant ... I'm a bail enforcement agent," responded the bounty hunter.

Neither the sheriff's deputies nor the bounty hunter ever produced a search warrant. Hills said deputies also asked her for the whereabouts of her boyfriend, Alan Gjurovich.

Gjurovich told Eyewitness News he is filing a lawsuit against the county, and that the sheriff's department is intimidating him because of his pending lawsuit.

Glen Pierce, owner of Gotta Go Bail Bonds, reviewed the video of the incident. Pierce is not related to this case, but he finds it troubling over the way the deputies and bounty hunter entered the home. He said it is equally disturbing sheriff's deputies would go along with a bounty hunter into somebody's home.

"If the deputies would have done some research, maybe they could have found some parole or probation status at this house and justified their being there," said Pierce. "But, being there with the bounty hunter is the biggest problem."

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the incident is under investigation but could not speak specifically about the case while it is being reviewed.