On The Record

The Monthly Newsletter from

San Diego County District Attorney

Bonnie Dumanis


August 2011

Bonnie smiling

DA Charges ID Thief Who Stole $200,000 in ATM Scam 

A 49-year-old man was charged with multiple felony counts in connection with stealing debit card information and pin number of more than 1,000 Chase Bank customers in Rancho Peñasquitos.


Daniel Axinte is being held on $1 million bail and is accused of placing a skimming device on the security door of the ATM lobby. He also is charged with installing hidden cameras aimed at capturing customers entering their PINs while using the ATM at the Black Mountain Road location. 


"This brazen crime is a twist on debit card skimming, perpetrated by an ID thief who wasn't afraid to repeat his crime over and over at the same location," said DA Bonnie Dumanis.


Axinte is due in court later this month. If convicted he faces more than 20 years in prison.    

Chase Surveillance
Daniel Axinte captured on surveillance video.


DA, DEA Bust Drug Ring; 200 Pounds of Meth Seized  


Hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs were seized and about two dozen arrested in a joint investigation targeting a cross-border drug trafficking ring with ties to a notorious Mexican drug cartel.


"Once again, law enforcement has joined forces to disrupt a major drug trafficking operation with ties to Mexico," District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. "These latest arrests and our offices' prosecution of these individuals will have a significant impact on the cartel's ability to operate in San Diego."


The Drug Enforcement Administration and The District Attorney's Office joined forces in the effort which led to criDEA, DA meth bustminal charges against 10 defendants. The year-long operation was part of a larger DEA takedown dubbed Project Delirium.  


The drug ring was transporting large amounts of methamphetamine and other controlled substances into San Diego County for distribution across the southeastern U.S.  

Murder Charges filed in SD Police Officer Shooting Death

Chris Wilson, SDPD
San Diego Police Officer

Chris Wilson  

Photo: Courtesy of Wilson family


The District Attorney's Office has charged three defendants in connection with a shootout that killed San Diego Police Officer Chris Wilson last October.

Wilson, a 17-year veteran, was shot and killed during a compliance check with the U.S. Marshal's Service and San Diego County Probation Officers.

"Officer Wilson's death shook the community and reminded us all about the daily dangers faced by law enforcement in San Diego," District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon is prosecuting the three defendants, Alex Charfauros, 26, Melissa Ortiz, 21 and Patrick Luangrath, 19. They are charged with 13 total felony crimes including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to obstruct justice and other drug and gun-related charges.  If convicted, each faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison.
Partners in Industry

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis toured Partnerships with Industry, an innovative Mission Valley agency that helps disabled San Diegans get jobs. 


Oceanside Man Convicted of Killing Neighbor on Christmas 


Robert PulleyRobert Pulley, a 48-year-old Oceanside man, has been convicted for killing his neighbor in a Christmas Day shooting.


Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior prosecuted the case and a jury deliberated for one day before returning a guilty verdict. Pulley faces 43 years -to-life in prison for shooting Jimmy Misaalefua, 44, to death.


Police were called to Pulley's home at 2:45 a.m. on Christmas Day. When they arrived, police found Misaalefua's body in Pulley's open garage with a gunshot wound to his chest. 


Pulley will be sentenced next month. 


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David Thomas Blood, 51, was sentenced to 48 years to life in state prison for tackling and trying to rape a woman in Hillcrest, and for breaking into the bedroom of another woman and making nearly $800 worth of calls to a sex line.


Tranes Goins, 29, was sentenced to 17 years in prison, for a series of takeover-style bank robberies in San Diego County.


Kade Kundrat, 31, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, for fatally stabbing 23-year old David Allen Jacobson, a Vista resident and the defendant's acquaintance, during an argument at the defedant's apartment complex.


Hector Noe Munguia, 19, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for shooting a man during an argument with a perceived gang rival in City Heights.   






The Employees of the San Diego District Attorney, in partnership with the Community we serve, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, justice and protection of the innocent, and the prevention of crime through the vigorous and professional prosecution of those who violate the law.