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Thomas hearing rescheduled due to outstanding arrest warrant

Warrant stems from Thomas’ failure to appear for Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program
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A disposition hearing for the misdemeanor case against Tim Thomas, Executive Director of Public Safety for the Peralta Community College District, was rescheduled by the judge today, due to an outstanding warrant for Thomas’ arrest. The case includes charges of elder abuse, battery, and grand theft.

Thomas’ case, stemming from a May 2022 altercation with an elderly RV resident, was to be heard today in Department 113 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse by Alameda County Superior Court judge Gloria F. Rhynes.

When the case was called, Rhynes stated she had been notified that there was a warrant out for Thomas’ arrest for a different case regarding a DUI and gun charge, and wanted this matter to be handled before proceeding with the battery case.

Thomas was not present for the hearing today and was represented by his attorney, Edwin Prather of Prather Law Offices.

Jason Brian Quinn, the Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County assigned to this case, requested that Thomas come to the courthouse. Rhynes stated that Thomas could be arrested if he appeared in court due to the warrant.

The warrant stems from a failure by Thomas to comply with the terms of his conviction on misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and carrying a concealed firearm within his vehicle.

As a part of his sentencing on Dec. 4, 2023 at the East County Hall of Justice, Thomas was ordered by the judge to pay a $1,919 fine, serve three years of probation, three months of DUI schooling and two days in county jail.

Thomas already served one day in jail before being bailed out on Jan. 31, 2023. He has one day left in his sentence.

Thomas was referred to the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) as an alternative to time at the county jail, where he would be required to perform 8-10 hours of work under the supervision of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).

Thomas was ordered to report to the ASCO by Dec. 26, 2023, but according to the ACSO, Thomas failed to appear by that date.

On Dec. 27, 2023, the ACSO sent notice to the East County Hall of Justice, stating that Thomas had “failed to complete the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program and was referred back to the court for sentencing.”

Thomas was ordered to appear in court on Jan. 24, 2024 in Department 712 for a SWAP re-referral, but failed to appear according to court documents. As a result, a $5,000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest and his probation summarily revoked.

Rhynes sternly requested that Thomas appear for his next court hearing set for March 6 in Department 113 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

About the Contributor
Lylah Schmedel-Permanna
Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, Managing Editor
Lylah Schmedel-Permanna is a Bay Area native and graduate from the University of California-Davis where she received her bachelor’s degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on political structures. She is returning back to the community college system after having attended Las Positas College, where she was student body president in 2019. Lylah also has a strong background working in employment law and police misconduct law. She is passionate about uplifting voices in the Bay Area which has sparked her interest in becoming a journalist.
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