Last night, Baltimore-native celebrity R&B singer Mario was arrested on a second degree assault. According to the Baltimore Sun article that reported this story it is alleged that he assaulted his own mother.
A Baltimore City District Court commissioner set a $50,000 bond on Mario and it is reported that he posted this bond. (I suppose Mario would not sign an autograph for the commissioner) As I read the article I was curious to find out how he posted this rather large bond. Certainly a pop-celebrity would have the means to post his property or even post $50,000 in full in cash.
Unfortunately, Big Boyz Bail Bonds did not get a call on his bond from our 1% down ad in the phonebook. It would have made great press had Big Boyz sprung this singing/dancing phenom from the clink. Did Mario have a homeboy-fly-by-night bondsman he could call to pull him fast? This did not seem likely. As I pulled the case from district court # 2B02092085 it became evident that Mario was granted the opportunity to post a personal pledge bond.
In posting a personal pledge, it basically means that all Mario had to do was sign his name pledging the State of Maryland he would pay them $50,000 if he failed to appear for court. He did not have to fork over any cash, use a maryland bail bondsman, or post the deed of his property; he was released with little to no hassle.
For more information on this story, please visit the Baltimore Crime Beat section on the Baltimore Sun's Website.