HAWTHORNE — Like Catholic priests who are in the church to get near young children, perhaps some private eyes commit crimes under the cloak of investigating them.
Corey Lamont Ward, 26, was picked up by Hawthorne Police Department officers on Sunday, June 8 at approximately 1:15 a.m. According to police reports, the “private investigator” (PI) was arrested for a number of charges: 273A(A)PC, “willful cruelty to a child likely to produce Grievous Bodily Injury (GBI)/death”; two DUIs—one for just alcohol above 0.08 Blood Alcohol level (BAC) and the other for alcohol/drugs; and a DUI-related offense, 23550(A)VC, for having had a prior DUI.
Total bail for the Carson, California resident was set at $210,000, with the “willful cruelty…” and prior DUI charge carrying $100,000 each and the two new DUIs at $5,000 each.
It is unknown if claiming to be a PI brought on far larger bail amounts or if that is the typical bail set for such charges.