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News - January 13, 2010

Charges filed against son of slugger Barry Bonds

Charges were filed Jan. 7 in San Mateo County Superior Court against the 20-year-old son of former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds in connection with a domestic fight in Menlo Park on Dec. 5.

Nikolai Lamar Bonds, who turned 20 on Dec. 18, faces five misdemeanor counts that could land him in county jail for at least two years if convicted, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

He has been charged with one count of battery, one count of false imprisonment, one count of vandalism, one count of threatening a police officer, and one count of obstructing a police officer, Mr. Wagstaffe said.

The charges stem from an altercation at his mother Sun Bonds' Menlo Park house Dec. 5, where Nikolai Bonds lives as well, according to Mr. Wagstaffe. Police were notified at about 10 a.m. of an argument between the two.

Nikolai Bonds and his mother had apparently gotten into a fight about some jewelry that had been taken from the house, Mr. Wagstaffe said.

"They were shouting and screaming, then he went into a bedroom and started smashing furniture," Mr. Wagstaffe said.

Sun Bonds called a friend, who called 911, and when she tried to leave the house her son allegedly prevented her from doing so, according to Mr. Wagstaffe.

"She tried to open the door and he would slam it shut," Mr. Wagstaffe said. "Then he spit in her face."

Responding officers detained Nikolai Bonds, who then allegedly threatened one officer and the officer's family, Mr. Wagstaffe said.

Bonds was taken into custody, posted $50,000 bail and was released from custody at about 10 p.m. that same day.

He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12 in Redwood City for his initial arraignment.

Bay City News Service

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