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Lawsuit alleges San Diego deputies responded to the wrong address

Teen says deputies got the wrong house
Posted at 6:24 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 21:24:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego-area man and his grandmother filed a federal lawsuit against two San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies.

The lawsuit alleges deputies responded to the wrong address and pulled a then-17-year-old out of his apartment.

"I've never experienced something like that," said Cesar Jaramillo.

Jaramillo says last October he was watching TV on the couch when he heard a knock at the door. He says deputies asked if someone from the residence called 911.

According to his lawsuit, "Cesar informed defendants the call was not from his residence. When defendants asked Cesar if there was a young black female in the apartment, Cesar said 'No,' and informed defendants that they were at the wrong apartment building. Cesar knew who defendants were referencing and knew they lived in the other building. Cesar informed the deputies over half-a-dozen times that defendants were at the wrong building."

Jaramillo tells 10News he complied with everything the deputies asked but felt like they didn't believe him.

"That's when I started closing the wide door, that's when he just reached in and grabbed my hand," Jaramillo said.

The lawsuit claims, "Without warrant or probable cause, both defendants unreasonably lured Cesar to unlock and open the door, then entered into Plaintiff's residence and forcibly pulled Cesar by the forearms into submission, leaving instant bruises on both arms."

Jaramillo's grandmother was in the back of the house at the time and said she woke up to the commotion.

"I saw my grandson laying on the ground, in handcuffs and I went crazy, and I said, what is happening," said Teodora Villalobos.

According to the lawsuit, "Due to unreasonable seizure and force used on her grandson Cesar, as well as defendants' indifferent attitude, Teodora began having heart complications on scene."

Jaramillo's lawsuit alleges negligence, battery, and unreasonable search and seizure, among other things.

10News reached out to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for comment, but a spokesperson they can't comment on pending litigation.