The LAPD subpoena story is something I’m very proud of. I’m proud of what I accomplished and proud that it came my way.

The LAPD reached out to Mesa PD to have two witnesses served for a trial in Los Angeles. These witnesses were related to the defendant, as well as married to each other. One was the brother of the defendant, and the other a sister-in-law. The defendant had gone on a rampage and attacked them with an ax.

I was never sure why Mesa PD asked me to pursue this but was always flattered. It was in, and around the time I’d located a homeless man who’d witnessed a traffic accident between a Mesa City Prosecutor and a Mesa PD detective, so maybe that was why. That story is actually another blog piece.

All I had to go on was the street address of a multi-tenant building. There were, perhaps, six apartments. I had to figure out which one I needed to watch by the process of elimination. This was the address for one of their relatives, but not for the witnesses I sought. This couple had been staying in the Mesa area to avoid the brother’s trial.

Here’s a really strange detail about this particular story. One of the worst “hoarder evictions” I ever did was at this address, in unit #1. Because of that one particular eviction, I had an almost uncanny knowledge of the building’s layout.

Mostly, what I did was to make a nuisance of myself. The only thing I had to go on was this one address. I kept leaving cards, but no one ever called me back. Finally, I caught someone at the door, but the exchange was unpleasant. They wouldn’t tell me a thing. So finally, I just started to hang out on the street to see if they’d show up.

Detective Al Arguelles of LAPD ended up writing a really awesome letter of commendation regarding this matter when I tried to get appointed JP in 2019. I have to commend this detective! It was his support, and explanation of the significance of the crime, which caused me to throw my all into it! This was not a run-of-mill crime. This defendant was a repeat offender. He would go away for years if convicted, even though his current crime was against family members.

So there I was, parked out in front of the only address I had, talking on the phone, when they showed up. It was literally like a running gun battle, but without the guns. They made a beeline for their relative’s apartment, with me a step behind. I yelled: “you’ve been served” as loud as I could! All I could do was leave the subpoenas at the front door because they were already inside. That was a Friday.

You could have “knocked me over with a stick,” when, on Monday morning, I got a call from Detective Arguelles saying they’d actually appeared to testify in L.A.! We both shared how stunned we were they’d driven back to Los Angeles. They’d been lawfully served, but we didn’t expect them to comply.

This is the last paragraph from the letter of commendation: “The Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, commend Constable Malles for his attention to duty, tenacity, professionalism, and assistance in prosecuting a life-long violent offender, making the city of Los Angeles a safer place. Thank you Constable Malles for your service.” The entire letter of commendation can be found on this website.

The takeaway here is my tenacity, and dedication to service. What I did in serving that subpoena was not in my job description, but I did it because another agency asked me to. I have a strong sense of law and order. The brutal nature of this crime incensed me and inspired me in a call to action.

— Ed Malles