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R.E. Chormicle's Arrest.
He Denies All Knowledge of the Charge Against Him.
Los Angeles Herald | June 3, 1890.
Robert E. Chormicle, the son of W.C. Chormicle, one of the defendants in the Castac murder case, was yesterday lodged in the county jail by Constable "Hank" Sievert, of Soledad township, to await trial upon a charge of embezzlement in default of bonds in the sum of $500. Young Chormicle was interviewed by a Herald reporter on the subject of his arrest, and denied all knowledge of the offense with which he is charged. He stated that on Sunday afternoon he was in Newhall, when Sievert stepped up and placed him under arrest on a warrant. He was taken to Justice W.W. Jenkins' court room about 4 o'clock, but was obliged to wait until after 7 o'clock before that official put in an appearance. When he did so, Chormicle was taken before him, and a complaint read charging him with having embezzled certain books belonging to the San Francisquito school district, which he had picked up on the road near Newhall and given away to a young lady, in whose house they were recovered. This complaint was sworn to by Dick Ketchline, young Chormicle's employer; but he disclaims all knowledge of the affair, and appeared to be quite at a loss to account for his arrest, unless it was done for some sinister purpose, owing to the feeling that exists between the Jenkins faction and his father's friends.
News story courtesy of Jason Brice.