Darius Bunyad- California- 2017 (CAPTURED!) Jan 8, 2018 1:56:15 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 8, 2018 1:56:15 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: pressdemocrat.com via KRON)
Fugitive Profile as of January 8th, 2017: (Based on online articles, Santa Rosa County Most Wanted listing, Sonoma County warrants Search)
Full Name: Daryoush "Darius" Mohammad Bunyad
Date of Birth: 9/3/1980
Place of Birth: Afghanistan
Weight: 180 lbs
Hair: Black (has been known to shave his head bald)
TIPS: According to the Santa Rosa Police Department website, anyone having information on Bunyad or any of their most wanted fugitives should contact their local law enforcement agency or call the Santa Rosa Police Department's "Most Wanted" tip line at (707) 543-4170
From The Santa Rosa Press Democrat website (May 2017 article):
A popular Santa Rosa chiropractor was convicted Thursday in absentia of groping eight women patients, including four under the age of 18.
Judge Dana Simonds issued an arrest warrant for Darius Bunyad, 36, formerly of Health Performance Chiropractic, who was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read and had missed a morning check-in with the judge.
The Petaluma resident had been out of custody on $100,000 bail throughout the trial. Jurors began deliberating late Monday and returned guilty verdicts three days later.
He faces about eight years in prison and lifetime sex-offender registration at his sentencing.
His attorney, Richard Scott, said he last saw Bunyad 11 a.m. Wednesday at his law office. Police checked his home Thursday and talked to his father but could not find Bunyad, Scott said.
Scott worried about the possibility he may have taken his own life.
“He’s a very proud person,” Scott said, noting Bunyad once had a thriving practice with 3,000 patients. “I think that as he heard the closing arguments he really felt helpless. Maybe he felt shame about what was being said about him.”
Prosecutors said Bunyad preyed mostly on young, athletic women and teenage girls, grabbing their breasts, buttocks and pubic areas under the guise of providing “whole body” medical treatment.
Many testified at trial that he instructed them to remove their shirts and bras before standing behind them, reaching around to their breasts and adjusting their backs.
Others, including patients who worked part time in his office, questioned his technique but didn’t complain because they trusted him.
Bunyad was arrested in 2015 after police investigated a report from a Cardinal Newman High School counselor who heard a description of the procedure from a student. He did not testify in his own defense.
After about three weeks of testimony, the six-man, six-woman jury convicted Bunyad of crimes covering eight of 10 alleged victims, including six counts of felony sexual battery by fraud and six counts of misdemeanor annoying or molesting a child under 18. The panel found him not guilty of two counts connected to two adult patients.
Jury foreman Jim Wheaton of Sebastopol said he and others had to fight back tears during some victims’ testimony.
He expressed surprise that Bunyad was not in court for the verdict and was considered a fugitive.
“I hope they catch him because I think he’s guilty of these crimes,” said Wheaton, a computer programmer.
“We heard from a lot of Jane Does who are wounded for the rest of their lives. It’s not acceptable.”
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Thoughts? Bunyad was once listed on the Northern California Most Wanted website but he was removed without explanation. However, his name still comes up in Sonoma County's online warrants search website as of this posting date. (1/8/2018). He is also currently on the Santa Rosa Police Department website's most wanted fugitiveist website as of this posting date as well.
As for Bunyad, we can talk about pride all we want, but there is strength in numbers, and multiple females including underage girls testified that he inappropriately molested or touched them in some form. The jury also chose to believe them and found multiple witnesses credible enough to convict Bunyad.
Bunyad is originally from Afghanistan so unfortunately if he fled there it would be hard to get him back. (I don't want to assume but part of me wonders if that was why he was removed from the No Cal Most Wanted site). But it still doesn't hurt to try. And wherever he is in the country or world, women need to know about him if he attempts to practice medicine again.
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