A Napa prosecutor has been assigned to the high-profile case of a Sonoma County supervisor arrested last weekend on suspicion of burglary and prowling.
Cody Hunt, a Napa County deputy district attorney, appeared in Sonoma County Superior Court on Thursday morning as a special deputy attorney general, but asked for more time to file charges.
The California Department of Justice is overseeing the case of Efren Carrillo, a Sonoma County supervisor and rising star in Democratic politics who was arrested Saturday in Santa Rosa on suspicion of prowling and burglary.
Carrillo and his attorney return to court in Santa Rosa at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 30.
The Napa County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that it has been assigned to the case, but is referring all questions to the California Department of Justice. Lynda Gledhill, spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, would not discuss why an attorney from the state agency is not handling the case.
“In this particular case, this is the way it’s been handled,” Gledhill said.
Carrillo, 32, was arrested Saturday at about 3:40 a.m. after the Santa Rosa Police Department received a telephone call from a woman regarding a prowler off Stony Point Road and West Third Street in west Santa Rosa, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.
The officers found Carrillo carrying a cellular phone while wearing only underwear and socks, Sgt. Terry Anderson wrote in the statement. The alleged victim’s bedroom window screen had been torn, police said. The woman said she heard the window blinds move and woke up.
The woman had previously met Carrillo informally in the neighborhood, police said.
Carrillo was released a few hours later on $40,000 bail and has since checked into a rehabilitation facility, according to news reports.
Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch referred prosecution to the California Department of Justice because the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors sets her office’s budget. Hunt was then deputized as a special deputy attorney general.
Neither Carrillo nor his attorney, Chris Andrian, could be reached for comment Thursday.
“Supervisor Carrillo is on medical leave, and not receiving his email,” Susan Upchurch, his district director wrote in an email Wednesday. She declined further comment after forwarding Carrillo’s statement sent to media organizations last weekend.
“I realize that my behavior was embarrassing. It involved alcohol and I'm taking immediate steps to seek professional help,” Carrillo wrote.
Carrillo remains listed as a Sonoma County supervisor. Supervisor David Rabbitt, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, could not be reached for comment.
“Supervisor Rabbitt is out of the office on a family vacation to a remote location out of county. I will bring your email to his attention when he returns to the office,” Andrea Krout, his district director, wrote in an email.
This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. Friday to clarify Cody Hunt's role with the state.