Botched fugitive recovery suit dismissed

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter



A lawsuit filed by the victims of a fugitive recovery operation gone wrong against the bail bond company and agents involved was dismissed Sept. 15 because no action had been taken in the last year, court records show.

Annette Waleske; her two children, Tayler and Quincey; and their friend Nathan Panosh filed the suit in August 2015 in Clark County Superior Court against Regan Bail Bonds; the company’s owner, David Regan; former bail bond agents Jason Stomps, Victoria Stomps and David Smith; and Fairmont Specialty Insurance. However, the insurance company was later dismissed from the suit, court records show.

The lawsuit — which alleged assault, battery, false imprisonment, trespass and negligence — stemmed from a March 20, 2014, incident in which Jason and Victoria Stomps and David Smith forced their way into the Waleskes’ Vancouver home while in search of a fugitive. The Waleske children and Panosh were the only ones home at the time of the incident. Jason Stomps and Smith brandished their guns and ordered Quincey Waleske, then 20, and Panosh, then 19, to handcuff themselves, court records state.

None of the three people inside the house in the 1200 block of Northeast 65th Street was the fugitive being sought, according to court documents.

Victoria Stomps and David Smith later pleaded guilty in the case and were sentenced to probation and 26 months in prison, respectively. Jason Stomps was convicted on several charges, including kidnapping and assault with firearm enhancements, following a jury trial and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, court records show.