A probationer notorious for intimidating people while asking for money pleaded guilty Monday to obstructing a peace officer in Hemet and was immediately sentenced to eight months in jail and three years probation.
Patrick Bouvier Bradley, 54, of Palm Springs admitted the misdemeanor charge under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his admission, prosecutors dropped charges of being in possession of tear gas, being a convicted felon in possession of a harmful agent and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson certified the terms of the plea deal and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
According to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson, officers conducted a probation compliance check at the motel room in which Bradley was staying in the 1600 block of West Florida Avenue on the afternoon of Dec. 26.
Dickson did not elaborate on what happened during the motel room search, including how the convicted felon obstructed officers. A tear gas cannister was seized at the location, along with other property, the lawman said.
The 5-feet-11-inch, 325-pound defendant arrived from the Coachella Valley last summer, and over a months-long period, he was arrested on three separate occasions for actions related to aggressive panhandling, Dickson said.
“The city has received numerous complaints about Mr. Bradley cursing at people who refuse to give him money, and even reports that he had blocked their vehicles in parking stalls with his scooter,” the lieutenant said then.
He noted that Bradley tries different stories on people in soliciting handouts, sometimes telling them he’s a homeless veteran or physically disabled without care — all of which is untrue.
“Mr. Bradley has a history of violence and makes his living by duping people into feeling sorry for him,” Dickson said.
According to court records, Bradley has prior convictions for obstructing a business, assault, public fighting and disorderly conduct.
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