Former Atascadero mayoral candidate arrested

January 16, 2016
Charles Scovell

Charles Scovell

Following a nearly four-hour standoff on Friday, police arrested a former Atascadero mayoral candidate. Charles Scovell, 37, ran for mayor in 2014.

In response to a call that a man was hitting a women with a beer bottle, police went to a home on El Camino Real between Carrizo Road and Via Viento. When officers arrived, Scovell went into the home with his mother while the alleged victim remained outside.


Officers attempted to talk Scovell, who was facing previous charges of DUI and domestic violence, from his home and eventually cut off the power. Officers also closed multiple roads near the home during the standoff.

Scovell then contacted his attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, who called law enforcement. Officers originally said they just wanted to make sure Scovell’s mother was ok, then they would leave.

“The mother did not want to come out,” Funke-Bilu said. “She was perfectly safe. She was upset that they cut off the power.”

After officers informed Funke-Bilu that they planned to leave after verifying Scovell’s mother was ok, Funke-Bilu went to the scene to talk to his client, Funke-Bilu said. However, when Funke-Bilu arrived officers told him they were working on getting a Ramey warrant to allow them to enter the home and arrest Scovell.

Funke-Bilu then called his client and told him of the officers plans to arrest him and asked Scovell to surrender.

“Scovell left the home almost immediately,” Funke-Bilu said.

Officers arrested Scovell and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, assault with a deadly weapon and violation of a protection order. He has since been released.


Welcome to Atascadero…


Substance and woman abuser. Well qualified for political office.


No. He should be in jail for a past crime he got away with.


Mkaney, DUI is not a threat to the community? Huh.


How funny that your name is “logical.” Do you not understand what I mean by threat to the community.. it’s not about his crime, it’s about the risk AFTER the arrest. Does a DUI represent an ONGOING threat to the community? Maybe if it’s the 5th charge.


As always innocent till proven otherwise but if true, what a little bitch!!! Hits wife and then runs into house to hide behind mommy? Also previous domestic violence? Wife or girlfriend, leave this LOSER and find a real man!! I won’t be hiring no tree service run by an abuser.




What an idiot.


The curse of Chuckie!


Come on Charlie, get sober because this would make a great speaker story in a couple of years.


Wait a minute.. they were able to cut off the power before they had a warrant!?


There never should have been a need for a warrant…he should have been in jail for the previous offenses.


He should have been in jail while awaiting court for previous charges? even though those charges do no indicate he was a flight risk or a danger to the community?


But, but…obviously he was…her allegedly beat his girlfriend with a beer bottle….wake up!


You didn’t know that until this incident. prior to this it was simple domestic violence and that’s not enough to keep someone in jail until their trial. Also, it would seem that she had a restraining order, so what is she doing at his house?!


“Simple domestic violence” seems a bit of an oxymoron…does it not?