Underwear clad lawyer body-slams thief in SLO

May 13, 2016

Jonas Bailey (left) and Christian Ellman (right)

Clad only in a pair of boxer briefs and slippers, a San Luis Obispo attorney chased a thief up a hill early Tuesday morning, caught up with the suspect and body-slammed him onto the ground. When police officers arrived, they found the thief had a backpack full of wallets, jewelry and money. [KSBY]

Jonas Bailey, a trained fighter and the founder of the Bailey Law Firm in San Luis Obispo, heard a noise in the parking lot outside his apartment at around 4 a.m. He looked out his window and saw a man going through his car with a flashlight. Bailey’s wife then told him to go get the man, Bailey said.

Bailey put on a pair of slippers, and ran outside and confronted the man going through his car, whom police identified as Christian Ellman, 18.

Ellman told Bailey that he was a drunk Cal Poly student who thought the vehicle was his car. Bailey responded “no way,” he said.

The thief then took off running with Bailey behind him. After several blocks, Bailey caught up with Ellman. The attorney then picked up the thief, felt him go weightless, and slammed Ellman into the ground.

Bailey called the police and held Ellman down on the ground until officers arrived. In addition to finding wallets, jewelry and money, officers also found a six-inch Rambo knife in the suspect’s bag, Bailey said.

Officers booked in to the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of theft and misdemeanor vandalism. Ellman is listed on the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website as being 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 168 pounds. His bail is set at $2,000.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department recently announced that thefts from unlocked vehicles and open truck beds had increased by 70 percent from March 2015 to March 2016. At least 11 thefts from unlocked vehicles then occurred in the early hours of April 6 in an area spanning Fixlini Street, Corralitos Avenue, Wilding Lane, Alta Street, San Luis Drive and Alisal Avuene, according to SLOPD.

Bailey said hopefully there is now one more person San Luis Obispo residents will not see stealing from other people’s cars at 3 a.m.

Police officials are recommending that members of the public do not chase after suspects.

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His FB page is all about weed and being a dumbass. He must have some proud parents! If this is an example of the majority of youth, we are doomed.


Hot, sexy, and nearly naked: sounds like the makings of a dream come true. I’d let him body slam me.


You’d probably say the same thing about me if I told the story about when I chased a bear from my camp in the middle of the night in the Sierra wilderness.


Well, tell me more…. And do share if it involved your 6″ Rambo “knife”.


Surprised they didn’t’ call it an “assault knife”.

$2,000 bail is dumb…what’s the use?


No guns. SLO!


” … a six inch Rambo knife … ” ? Really, you couldn’t type the word “Survival”? or “military type”, but it has to be a Rambo knife? Pretty lame reporting there …

Good on the attorney, being trained and in shape can make a world of difference sometimes. And while the suspect may have been slammed into (or onto) the ground, it really was a takedown, followed by a restraining hold to keep the suspect immobilized until the LEOs showed up. Perhaps the reporter can try to dial back the wording a bit? In clicking on the link provided here, nowhere in the KSBY story are the words “body slammed” used; Dan, Karen, Josh; somebody adding a little color commentary?

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Um, bob, why are you so angry? Even you know what a “Rambo knife” is. KSBY? That’s your source? A body slam is when someone picks up another person and slams them into the ground. This is a literal technique, illegal in many competition sports, called the body slam. If you have ever done any fighting you would know this. Look it up. That must have been your boy that got body slammed? Karen, Josh, and Dan, you are right on.


Skip: Funny, I’m not angry at all, just a little confused by the sensationalism in the reporting here on CCN; my “source” was the link at the top of this article, that leads to the reporting by KSBY, which if you had bothered to click on yourself, you would have read their reporting where nowhere in their reporting did they use the term “bodyslam”. The quote about the “Rambo” knife is in the KSBY article, attributed to the attorney, so I cannot fault CCN for repeating what was apparently actually said.

I have trained in Aikido, I know what a body slam is; in the KSBY article, this is the quote by the attorney: “I just picked him up. I could feel him go weightless, and I came down on his shoulder and neck. I held him for a good three to five minutes before police came,” said Bailey.

I know enough about defending oneself, about takedowns that this could describe a body slam, and it could also describe the motion of a tackle that rolls over into a take down that just might have NOT been a body slam. I call out CCN here for embellishing the initial reporting by adding the term body slam as sensationalistic addition that was not needed. I am a fan of CCN, I read it very regularly and comment occasionally; I am just trying to help them realize that they do good work so there is no need to embellish an article in this manner.

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“I just picked him up. I could feel him go weightless, and I came down on his shoulder and neck.”

Body slam: noun- a move (illegal in some codes) in which the opponent’s body is lifted and then thrown hard onto the floor.

Rambo knife, a quote, body slam, the actual technique used.

Let if go bob, it’s damn good reporting, on the money.


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Not to beat a dead horse, bob, but you owe Karen, Josh and Dan an apology.

First you say:

” … a six inch Rambo knife … ” ? Really, you couldn’t type the word “Survival”? or “military type”, but it has to be a Rambo knife? Pretty lame reporting there …

Then you say:

“The quote about the “Rambo” knife is in the KSBY article, attributed to the attorney, so I cannot fault CCN for repeating what was apparently actually said.”

And now that you have learned what a body slam is….

All of your insults deserve a retraction. Did Aikido teach you about honor?

Good day, mate!


Skip: If Dan, Karen and Josh have such thin skins that my comments cause concern, they are in the wrong business. I did mention that the “Rambo” comment came from the attorney, so I thought I covered that pretty well. As for the body slam; the original reporting was done by KSBY, which is why it was linked to here on CCN, and again, no where in the KSBY reporting is the term body slam used by them, so my assumption is that CCN added that to their article, which I say is sensationalism (my opinion). Any and every take down could be considered a body slam when one person ends up on the ground, face up or face down it is still the same. The difference is how much force is used in putting the person on the ground; when a running back or quarterback is tackled in a football game, are they “body slammed”? Sometimes yes, most times no. When the attorney tackled the suspect (how it was reported on KSBY’s article) he could have either rolled him over onto the ground, or he could have picked him up and forced him to the ground with great effort, which would been an actual body slam. My whole point here is if CCN only used the KSBY article as the basis for their article, they apparently fabricated the body slam since it was not mentioned anywhere in the original article. The other possibility is that they did interview the attorney and he told them that he body slammed the suspect, but had they actually interviewed him, I doubt they would have linked to the original KSBY article.

As for honor, wouldn’t be prudent for CCN to acknowledge that either they did interview the attorney to get the body slam language, or admit that they inserted the wording in a sensational approach? Whose “honor” is in question here?

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I had the impression honor was taught in Aikido. What school did you train in and who was your teacher?


Honor isn’t taught; one can learn, but it has to be by example; you can’t simply have someone tell you what honor is and be expected to start being honorable, only by watching, practicing and making the choices in your life can one truly be honorable. You want to question my honor, feel free to do so, this is a free country. I take no offense at your snipes, I know what I know, nothing you or anyone else can say will diminish how I feel about myself.

My sensi was Bob Blackstone, his “school” was lessons given through Adult Ed in Morro Bay at the community center. The distinct style of Aikido that I learned was what Mr. Blackstone learned from Rod Kobayashi which he called “Seidokan” Aikido. One of the more distinct qualities of Seidokan is a reducing of movement, a “shortening” of range, or more compact movements. When doing a move that requires your arms to sweep outwards, we learned to use shorter movements, keeping the range of movement much tighter and compact, not quite so elaborate looking as say, Hombu, which is style that Sensi Kobayashi originally learned and garnered his 4th degree black belt in before he starting working on developing his more compact style.

How about you; have you ever taken any Aikido? If so, what style, what dojo, who was your instructor?


He’s got my vote for Attorney General if he ever runs!

We need more attorney’s like this. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he was a defense lawyer?

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He is probably responsible for several of the break-ins we have had here in town. These drug addicts never stop at one car and the good part is when you catch one, the perp usually has all of the other stuff he/she stole in their possession. Good job Counselor!


I like the fact that Bailey was clad in boxers and slippers but had his trusty cell phone with him.


He would have obviously grabbed his phone for photo or video evidence pre confrontation.

Russ J

He’ll be sued.