Monday, July 19, 2010

Orange County Bail Bondsman Killed, From Bail Bondsman in Orange County and Newport Beach

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – The owner of a bail bonds business died after he was shot by another man at least once at a home here in an upscale neighborhood, Orange County Sheriff's officials said.

A little before midnight Saturday, a man who authorities later identified as Dean Patrick Maldonado was shot by a 51-year-old man who was a guest at a home on the 21300 block of Stonetower Drive, Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Maldonado, 49, runs Maldonado Bail Bonds in Newport Beach.
Amormino said Maldonado was an acquaintance of the woman who owns the two-story home. The 51-year-old was inside the home with the woman when Maldonado came into the home through a rear sliding door. Some time afterwards, the shooting occurred, Amormino said.
Maldonado died at the scene.

It's unclear, however, what led up to the shooting and the investigation is ongoing, Amormino said. Investigators are still at the scene and in the midst of sorting out what happened and have held off on making any arrests for now, he added.

Maldonado's daughter Megan Maldonado said Sunday that the home her father had visited in Rancho Santo Margarita belongs to his girlfriend.

Property records show that the home belongs to Linda Sprowl, who is also known as Linda Shaw-Sprowl, a fitness trainer in Trabuco Canyon.

Reached by telephone on Sunday, Sprowl declined to comment.

"I'm not available at the moment," she said before hanging up.

In a telephone interview, Megan Maldonado said that she doesn't know the details of her father's death. However, she did say that her father was a very positive person.

His Facebook page shows several inspirational phrases such as "If You Don't Like Something Change It; If you Can't Change It, Change the Way You Think About It," which he wrote on his wall on Tuesday.

Megan Maldonado said her father was the type of person who struck up conversations with just about anyone.

"He would meet a waitress at our table and have a full on conversation with her," she said.

Maldonado, a father of three children, was a bodybuilder who loved fitness and the beach, said Megan, who is his oldest child.

"The beach and his kids were his life," said the 24-year-old. "He loved life and enjoyed everything. We were his life."

Maldonado's Bail Bonds Facebook page describes Maldonado as single Newport Beach resident.

His last Facebook entry was Thursday when he wrote "I'm a Sucker for Love."

By Writer with the OC Register
Edited by All American Bail Bondsman in Newport Beach Ca

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