The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Charles Lee Stapleton (Age 48 of Big Bear City) with domestic violence, false imprisonment, and other crimes.


On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of a domestic dispute in the 900 block of S. Hemlock Lane in Big Bear City. After an investigation, Charles Lee Stapleton was arrested.

After reviewing this case, our office has filed charges against Mr. Stapleton, for violating the following sections of the California Penal Code:

Penal Code Section 273.5(a) – Domestic Violence (Felony)
Any person who willfully inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a victim described in subdivision (b) is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.

Penal Code Section 236 – False Imprisonment (Felony)
False imprisonment is the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another.

Penal Code Section 459 – Burglary (Felony)
Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse or other building, tent, vessel, as defined in Section 21 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, floating home, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 18075.55 of the Health and Safety Code, railroad car, locked or sealed cargo container, whether or not mounted on a vehicle, trailer coach, as defined in Section 635 of the Vehicle Code, any house car, as defined in Section 362 of the Vehicle Code, inhabited camper, as defined in Section 243 of the Vehicle Code, vehicle as defined by the Vehicle Code, when the doors are locked, aircraft as defined by Section 21012 of the Public Utilities Code, or mine or any underground portion thereof, with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary. As used in this chapter, “inhabited” means currently being used for dwelling purposes, whether occupied or not. A house, trailer, vessel designed for habitation, or portion of a building is currently being used for dwelling purposes if, at the time of the burglary, it was not occupied solely because a natural or other disaster caused the occupants to leave the premises.

Penal Code Section 422(a) – Criminal Threats (Felony)
Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.


DA Case Number: 2020-00-0053464
Court Case Number: FSB20003907
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