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Big Boyz Bail Bonds Banned from Central Booking

Trayvon Martin, “banana” epithets alleged

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Edward Ericson Jr.

A letter posted at Baltimore central booking and intake bans ethan nochumowitz of big boyz bail bonds from the premises pending “an internal investigation.”

A prominent bail bondsman was banned from Central Booking this month because of an altercation, but both the bondsman and the jail are mum on the details.

Ethan Nochumowitz of Big Boyz Bail Bonds (they of the ubiquitous yellow-and-pink pens) is banned until further notice, according to a letter that was posted inside the Central Booking and Intake Center’s Eager Street entrance. The letter, dated Oct. 3, is from Thomas F. Barnes, chief of security. The letter says he’s in receipt of Nochumowitz’s correspondence and has received correspondence from employees: “An internal investigation will be conducted to conclude this matter. A member of the BCBIC team will contact your supervisor and you, following the completion of the investigation informing you of the outcome and any final decisions made from the investigation. Effective Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 you will be banned from the institution until the investigation is completed and a decision is made. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. . . . ”

Ann Marie Mathurin, a spokesperson for the CBIC, says that she doesn’t know of anyone else ever being banned from the premises. On Oct. 19 she said the letter had been removed but confirmed that “the investigation is still underway,’ adding only that she “cannot answer any questions concerning the investigation.”

A source told City Paper about an alleged altercation inside the jail involving several members of the Nochumowitz family. As the source tells it, Big Boyz CEO Ross Nochumowitz had a disagreement with ladies working in the bail section and called in his father, Paul Nochumowitz. The source said the altercation involved both jail staff and another bondsman, Steven Stansbury of 4 Aces. According to the source, Paul Nochumowitz used a racial slur during the confrontation and, at one point, asked if Stansbury, who is African-American, “wanted a banana.”

After this transpired, the source says, Ethan allegedly came to Central Booking and got into an altercation with a guard. Ethan allegedly mentioned the Trayvon Martin incident in a way the guard perceived as threatening.

A woman working at Central Booking last week referred a reporter to the facility’s public relations office.

A man who answered the phone at 4 Aces mentioned racism when a reporter called to ask about the incident and promised to pass a message to Stansbury, who is widely known as “Smiley.”

Multiple calls to Big Boyz’s offices brought no response from Ethan Nochumowitz.

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