Intoxicated Sheriff Steals Parkway Heights Teacher's Trumpet, Throws it Out Car Window.

A local sheriff deputy was arrested on one count of grand theft for stealing music teacher's trumpet and throwing it out the window of a moving car after a night of heavy drinking.

My name is Jesse and I am the band director at Parkway Heights Middle School here in South City.

Thursday night, I was playing a gig at Aloft Hotel with Curt Yagi and the People Standing Behind Me. We were finishing up our second set when a group of noticeably drunk, foul-mouthed men walked up to play a game of pool next to where we were playing. We tried to make small talk with them, but they didn't seem to be very friendly. After one of them kept loudly spouting profanities, one of the other men advised his friend, "don't get us kicked out."

After we finished our last set, we packed up our equipment and left it where we had been playing and headed to the bar area to enjoy the rest of the evening. The men at the pool table stayed and continued their game. I noticed at one point in the night that a sheriff in uniform had joined the group. "Good," I thought "maybe he's telling them to behave." Nope. He must have been a friend from work. The rest of the guys in the band had gone home for the evening, so only my belongings remained by the pool table. I thought they would be safe while I was at the bar, especially with all the security cameras and an officer of the law present.

As my wife and I got up to leave, we noticed that my trumpet, my most important material possession, and my jacket had disappeared. I was so upset. To make a very long story short, I came from a very troubled childhood and that trumpet was solely responsible for me graduating high school and going to college. It is my life and, as a musician and teacher, my very livelihood! The hotel called the police on my behalf. An immediate invstigation revealed that the men at the pool table were local sheriff duputies, one who is on staff in Millbrae. I couldn't believe it. When the reporting officer got to the scene, he said that this was "an embarassment" and "not representative of his organization."

In the time before he reported to the scene, he had already contacted his colleagues who were involved in the incident. They told him that they had thrown the trumpet (a $2000 value) out of the window of their car somewhere around Taylor and Magnolia Ave. in Millbrae. No word on the jacket. I wonder who the designated driver was, because before they left the hotel, the men seemed rather inebriated. The reporting officer searched the area to no avail. Later on that night, I went looking for it myself and found it in someone's driveway about a block away from where it was reported to have been ditched. I was so relieved. The jacket (a $200 value) was never found, but I'm not too concerned about that.

That night, sheriff deputy Brandon Hatt was arrested on one count of grand theft, a charge punishable by up to three years in prison. He was soon out on a $10,000 bail. The Sheriff’s Office will most likely be reviewing this incident in relation to Hatt’s position, according to District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Not too long ago, Hatt was awarded the medal of bravery by County Sheriff Greg Munks for saving a young man from committing suicide. He was a member of the U.S. Army and had once appeared on MTV's reality show FEAR. It is a shame that he made such a downright stupid decision. Though I am thoroughly upset by this incident, I do feel sorry for the guy. It could have been anybody who enjoyed his/her adult privileges a little too much.

I wonder what is going to happen to the other deputies involved. Deputy Hatt may have been the one to do the deed, but the rest of them apparently just let it happen. Does that make them accessories? I don't wish on anybody that they lose their job and livelihood, but this behavior isn't befitting of an any officer of the law. In the meantime, I was lucky to find a store in Oakland that could rent me a professional model trumpet for the holiday season while my own horn is being held indefinitely as evidence. This is the busiest time of the year for musicians. I don't look forward to it, but I'll be seeing everybody in court on January 28.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

horse lover December 30, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I used to live in Fairbanks, there is no sun, practically, during some of the day in the dead of winter. enjoy.
horse lover December 30, 2012 at 02:20 AM
all school dist's are out of complaince i think, but the being alone with your kid is a creepy one that is for sure
drew December 30, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I lived in Nome for a while, but the weather is crazy. Did you find your musical instrument, Jesse?
careful what you wish for December 30, 2012 at 02:29 AM
those cops should be arrested by now? i know that ssf police is being sued by some guy names Penna who they harassed not to long ago.SM Daily Journal reported it. Said he was on probation when he was not.even that child porn probation chief is being sued by Penna over this.
cocker spaniel December 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I hope your plane crashes, if I lose my job at the District I will blame you, ok.
dudeletter December 30, 2012 at 03:25 AM
it isnt chris fault if you lose you job, the dist told you to do it, there fault
maple syrup December 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
yes it is districts fault. the parent is only trying to hold accountable the district. they make enough to be competent at their jobs
alameda samuel December 30, 2012 at 03:36 AM
you see what alcohol does to people. the cop was arrested and he'll lose his job. the co-workers might also. dont drink is the message. i hope jesse sues for 100K in total damages
gorgeous babay December 30, 2012 at 03:39 AM
2 things benefit you jesse. if hogan fires you for your post, youll win 2 lawsuits, one from ssf police and the other from ssusd. i am not sure what you should wish for....................................just your trumpet back? or close to a million in lawsuits
marajuana is legal December 30, 2012 at 03:44 AM
the district is super rich and can withstand anything Mr Hogan does wrong. When he fails, the schools just raise taxes to compensate. problem is solved
Susan Swope December 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
In my observation, Chief Deputy DA Guidotti is a pretty tough cookie. I think you can figure she will do the right thing. With her assigned to the case, I don't believe anything will be swept under the rug. It looks as if a lot of folks posting here are confused about jurisdictions. The DA and Sheriff are County. If you want to complain about them, you need to go to the Board of Supervisors. City Councils have nothing to do with it, unless you are talking about the Sheriff Departments performance in one of the cities that contracts with them for law enforcement services. In that case, you would start with the City Council of that City. In all this, beyond appropriate punishment to the officers involved, I hope Jesse is made whole by restoring his trumpet to him in good condition along with his jacket or an equivalent replacement and, at least, an apology from those involved and the department.
Jesse M. January 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Thank you Susan. I will be quite content when the trumpet is returned and the people involved are justly prosecuted. In the meantime, I am having fun with the funky horn I was able to rent. I am also having fun sharing this "story of the year" with everyone I have been visiting this holiday season.
Jesse M. January 03, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I would like to thank you all for your support. Looks like this event has dug up some old bones that needed to be brought into the light once again. You have the right to be angry and vocal about misconduct and injustice within the local justice system. The county supes meetings are open for public comment. By all means, let them hear you.
Jesse M. January 03, 2013 at 07:59 PM
The only $$$ I want is to cover my trumpet rental, a new jacket, and any damages done to my horn. Hatt should be released from his job in law enforcement and face what the judge gives him. I don't really see how you get that I could possibly be fired for posting this, as it has nothing to do with the school district, except that I am employed by SSFUSD. Anyway, lawsuit shmawsuit, I'm just blown away by the level of boneheadedness that was exhibited by Sheriff Hatt that night. I feel like this is an episode of World's Dumbest Criminals...Cops Gone Wild.
Jesse M. January 03, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I enjoy the privileges of being an adult over 21 quite often and have never done anything like this. Alcohol may simply amplify any problems one already has though. I don't imagine I'll sue for any money, save restitution for lost items, damages, and to the school for which I work while I am at court.
Jim C January 05, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Chris, I don't know what to make of this. But you seem like a good guy, so I'll just say good luck to you and I hope it all works out. At the same time, I think all the rules and regulations we have saddled our educators with are hurting their ability to do their jobs. So I can understand how a principal may feel the need to cut corners on some of the less-essential regulations. But I recognize that my definition of "less-essential regulation" may not be the same as someone else's.
Jim C January 05, 2013 at 08:57 PM
With all the talk of corruption, I was freaked out this morning trying to find this thread under the "Police and Fire" tab. I was pretty sure that the powers that be somehow made the Patch drop the story. I checked that Chris was still making comments on other stories to make sure that he hadn't been "disappeared".
Aaron January 05, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I don't think the women caught up in "operation dollhouse" were underage, just victims of human trafficking for the sex trade... they tend to send the younger women to places like Thailand until they are old enough for the United States markets.
Aaron January 05, 2013 at 11:13 PM
patch answers to Time-Warner... if Mickey Mouse had gotten drunk and destroyed the trumpet I wouldn't expect to read about it here. If you are in the business of building a local grassroots following and selling advertising spaces to "community based" businesses... well ... patch loves having engaged commenters because every one of us is proof that people actually read the stories here... costs about $400/month to advertise on a city patch. people actually click the ads sometimes too. Don't tell the scientologists though, last thing I want to see on the patch is a banner ad for Dianetics.
Aaron January 08, 2013 at 08:03 PM
brandon hatt will be appearing in court on Mon. Jan 28th. There would be more pressure on the Judge, DA, and County Sheriffs to give this a fair go if the courtroom was packed. I feel it certainly more likely to get swept under the rug if the courtroom was empty anyway. How about it Jesse? Will you be there? Would you like others to come?
Aaron January 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Am I out of line in the Jackie Speier thread? a little support from someone over there would go a long way. I'm feeling pretty unliked right now. Sorry to the folks in this thread if I offended any of you over there. <.<
Aaron January 17, 2013 at 02:54 AM
I you are a cop on the peninsula, you can get away with just about anything. This guy still serves, even after getting caught up in a misdemeanor prostitution case. Apparently he was never charged because the arresting officer needed to tend to his ailing wife. http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_22382095 ok, I can't pretend to be a saint... I've had some pretty bad moments... I could only wish they had involved a hooker in a full bodied latex cat-suit like the detective in the above article. actually .. I am probably a pretty rotten guy and should be locked away in a padded room somewhere. But I'm not a servant of the public trust. If Brandon Hatt had a problem, he should have said. "My name is Brandon Hatt. I am a decorated officer! I am a hero and I saved a young boys life only 10 months ago. I have a strong sense of justice and compassion and serve my community with integrity. I am here to drink and have a good time; decompress from the horrors that I face on a daily basis. I have very much enjoyed hearing your band play! Let's be friends" instead he stole someone's property and destroyed it. I don't think he should necessarily get jail time, but he should definitely lose his job.
Alison January 23, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Aaron: The prostitute that Menlo Park Detective Jeffrey Vasquez was from SF Redbook. That is the same organization that has been the target of numerous stings by the FBI for dealing in underage trafficking. While the prostitute Vasquez hired was of age, every law agency in this country knows that My Redbook deals heavily in child trafficking. My Redbook's moderator is a Menlo Park resident, highly educated, and a convicted felon. He is known to many in the Menlo Park police department.
Lionel Emde February 01, 2013 at 05:04 AM
From today's S.M. County Times: http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_22475683/peninsula-cop-faces-felony-stealing-horn-da-says?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com
Jim C February 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I often make posts such as "Get the scum off the streets" when I read about arrests in our area. I think it's even MORE important that we keep the scum out of our law enforcement agencies.
Aaron February 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Most of the time when someone says "Get the scum off the streets" they are talking about me. While I do have a checkered past, I am not a trusted servant of justice. The evidence against Hatt is pretty severe, including Hatt admitting to the arresting officer having taken the trumpet and throwing it out a car window. If I had done what Hatt did, I would undoubtedly face jail time, as well as a potential felony. I would not have made the $10,000 bail, and my public defender would be advising me to take a plea deal. Also, Hatt was with three other law enforcement professionals at the time. Not only did these folks fail to intervene, but they participated. My cohorts would undoubtedly have been arrested at the same time as I and the car involved in the DUI impounded. Do I think he should go to jail? No ... jail is a place where criminals learn to be criminals and a culture of racism and violence is nurtured into it's customers. Jail just perpetuates this stuff. Yes it is true that there are sick people who need to be permanently removed from society for reasons of public safety, but these are not the vast majority of cases moving grindingly slow through our courts today. Hatt drank too much and had a bad night. I've done it. He should take responsibilty and move on into a carreer in private security. The not guilty plea indicates to me a lack of remorse or growth. FIRE HIM!
Cindy Cox February 17, 2013 at 09:00 PM
How sad that I am Jesse's mother and just found out on the www that this happened-last time I heard from him was in 2006..."honor thy mother and they father". If one wants to be respected then they also have to humble themselves and give respect to others as well; have understanding and compassion for one another. Jesse had some hard times in his child hood but he also had many good things also; all of us do! I'm very thankful that he is healthy and graduated from college; our prayers are heard. Just acknowledge that when someone is pointing 1 finger at someone else that 3 fingers are pointing back with your thumb facing to the heavens! I think that Jesse should forgive the officer because he was hanging out at the bar too-a trumpet is meant for tooting; not chugging, lol! The officer is to refrain from gunning down the drinks too because he will succumb to the seduction and foolishness of alcohol like any other man! "But for the Grace of God, therego I!" The trumpet herald said Jesse was sorry for stealing from his father!? Hmm, karma comes around; we reap what we sow, but then again I say that to father and son and visa versa. Too bad my son didn't come to his mother for love when Lucy was taken! I guess he loves her more than me! I have a 27 speed Elite Specialized bicycle if anyone wants to trade it for a trumpet for my son.
Cindy Cox February 17, 2013 at 09:04 PM
"Scumbags"!? And just who will you call for help when you need it...the police of course! Don't businessman, musicians, drs. lawyers and all these other so called respectable people hang out with "scumbags" at the bars wheter it be at the Hilton Hotel or lowly pub?!
Jim C February 19, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Cindy, I'm not sure what your point is about who people "hang out with". If you want to hand out with scumbags, if a police officer wants to hang out with scumbags, that's your choice and I won't judge you or the officer for that. But if you, a gang banger or a police officer steal something and then callously throw it out the window then, yes, "scumbag" is the appropriate term. Understand that I am about as pro-police as you can get. And it's precisely because of that that I find this officer's actions so reprehensible. He makes it easier for the punk kids to say that cops are dirty. He is part of the .01% of police officers that are dirty and he needs to be fired (after due process, of course) and treated as any other criminal would be treated. And any officer that was with him and knew what he was doing should be fired too.
Jesse M. February 19, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Cindy, you are violating the terms of Patch use by: 1. violating my right of privacy, and 2. writing things that are inaccurate, false or misleading in any way. I have flagged your comment. Also, as always, you may contact me through my personal e-mail address. Thank you very much.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something