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Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo admitted to treatment facility in wake of arrest

  • Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor Efren Carrillo departs the Sonoma County Jail in a friend's vehicle, in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 13, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

A day after his arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has been admitted into a treatment facility for help with what Carrillo and his friends have said is a recurrent drinking problem.

The quick retreat into seclusion — confirmed Sunday by one of his closest advisers — happened as news of the arrest rippled across the county and state and as investigators continue to piece together what happened early Saturday morning in Carrillo's west Santa Rosa neighborhood.

Police said they detained him after a woman reported that someone tried to break into her home through a bedroom window.

Efren Carrillo In Court

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Although Santa Rosa police arrested him on suspicion of burglary and prowling, they believe his intent was to commit some type of sexual assault, according to Sgt. Terry Anderson.

Carrillo was wearing nothing but his socks and underwear and was carrying a cellphone when officers responded to a 3:40 a.m. 911 call in the area of Stony Point Road at West Third Street, within a block of Carrillo's rented Brockhurst Drive apartment.

He was booked at Sonoma County Jail at 10:10 a.m. and was released on $40,000 bail within two hours. He has a court hearing scheduled for Thursday.

It is unclear whether Carrillo plans to attend that hearing.

Doug Bosco, a former North Coast congressman, friend and adviser to Carrillo, said the 32-year-old supervisor likely will remain at a Northern California treatment facility for a month. He declined to provide details on Carrillo's whereabouts or who had accompanied him to the facility.

The supervisor's brother, Abraham Carrillo, 24, said Sunday he was unaware of exactly where his brother was taken for treatment. In a phone interview, he said their father had said Saturday that "somebody took him." "He didn't say where," Abraham Carrillo said.

Calls, emails and text-messages to Supervisor Carrillo Saturday and Sunday requesting comment have not been returned.


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