Multiple police agencies conduct raids in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - At least two local homes and the offices of a luxury car dealership were raided Wednesday morning by multiple law enforcement agencies.

The first raid on took place at the Autohaus San Diego auto dealership, located in the 6000 block of Mission Gorge Road. The dealership raid involved the El Cajon Police Department, San Diego County sheriff's deputies and the FBI.

The second raid took place in a Del Cerro home, near Madra Avenue and Crystalaire Drive. San Diego police officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were involved with the raid.

10News learned that the IRS was also involved in the raids.

At the Del Cerro home, agents walked out with boxes in hand during the early morning raid. They also searched the inside of a red Mercedes parked in front of the home.

A search warrant document listed the name Roman Bahador, and neighbors told 10News the man moved in a couple of months ago and told them he owned a company called European Collections. A car with that logo was parked on the driveway of the house.

Jeff Wagner, who has worked occasionally for Bahador and considers him a friend, said, "I was really shocked and devastated to see this happen. I've known him for over 20 years; the man has a very big heart. He helps people all the time. He's helped me. I've watched him help customers at the car dealership. If they didn't have enough money for a down payment, [he'd say] 'You know what, let me just put you in the car.'  He's a good person."

DEA and FBI agents were also inside at a home in the 6700 block of Park Ridge Boulevard. Records show that the second house belongs to Amir Bahador, described online as the manager of Autohaus. He was taken into El Cajon Police Department headquarters wearing handcuffs.

Autohaus San Diego specializes in luxury cars, primarily imports, but does not have a good track record, 10News learned. The business earned an F rating from the Better Business Bureau after five complaints in 2012.

Amir Bahador filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. His liabilities were listed as exceeding $6 million.

Bahador has also been involved in dozens of lawsuits over the past two decades, mostly small claims, a few breach of contract claims and one charging fraud.

The federal agencies have not commented on arrests or charges as of early Wednesday evening.
 

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