New information about principal arrested on drugs, gun charges - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

New information about principal arrested on drugs, gun charges

Posted: Updated:
  • RelatedMore>>

  • School principal on leave following gun, drug arrest

    School principal on leave following gun, drug arrest

    Thursday, September 12 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-09-12 23:23:31 GMT
    The principal of Lee Elementary School in Paradise Hills was placed on leave following her weekend arrest on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs and a stolen gun, authorities reported Wednesday. 
    The principal of Lee Elementary School in Paradise Hills was placed on leave following her weekend arrest on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs and a stolen gun, authorities reported Wednesday. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Paradise Hills elementary school principal remains on leave after being arrested on drugs and weapons charges.

Rachel Escobedo, principal of Lee Elementary School, is free on bail and will make her first court appearance next week.

The 45-year-old was arrested in her car on Saturday for possession of a stolen gun and drugs. She went to work on Monday, but has since been in hiding. We found her 1993 Honda Accord being cleaned out by a man who did not want to be identified, but said he had nothing to do with Escobedo's arrest.

"I've only met her once. She seemed nice. I didn't expect that from her," a parent told News 8.

We've learned the elementary school principal has a troubled marriage. Escobedo filed multiple retraining orders against her husband James Tischler saying, "…he became angry, pulled my hair, choked me and slapped me.."

Court documents reveal the couple divorced twice and filed for bankruptcy with $100,000 in credit card debt.

"She told me that things started to get really bad when she got pregnant with her young child, that she just had to get rid of him because he was doing drugs and she just couldn't have that influence in the house," neighbor John Bayes said.

Escobedo says her husband, a convicted felon who is currently on probation, has a gambling problem and a history of taking off with her car.

Police found Escobedo sitting in her Honda Accord over the weekend with a 60-year-old unidentified man. They found an open vodka bottle inside her car and a small amount of what turned out to be marijuana in an ashtray.

A search of her trunk recovered a loaded .22 caliber Ruger, 22 pills of a hydrocodone substance along with four baggies of a crystalline substance.

Escobedo was taken into custody. Her companion was released.

"I have never seen her close to high. She's always well dressed," Bayes said.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Cab driver killed in accident with wrong way driver

    Cab driver killed in accident with wrong way driver

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:26:55 GMT
    There was a deadly crash on Interstate 5 in Old Town and police say a wrong way driver is to blame. 
    There was a deadly crash on Interstate 5 in Old Town and police say a wrong way driver is to blame. 
  • Woman survives paragliding crash in La Jolla

    Woman survives paragliding crash in La Jolla

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:15:54 GMT
    Lifeguards say a woman is thankful to be alive, after a paragliding crash near the Torrey Pines Glider Port. 
    Lifeguards say a woman is thankful to be alive, after a paragliding crash near the Torrey Pines Glider Port. 
  • Driver may face murder charges in deadly crash

    Driver may face murder charges in deadly crash

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:56:30 GMT
    Two people are dead and a suspected drunk driver is in the hospital, after a crash in the East County on westbound Interstate 8, east of Lake Jennings Park Road in Blossom Valley Saturday morning. 
    Two people are dead and a suspected drunk driver is in the hospital, after a crash in the East County on westbound Interstate 8, east of Lake Jennings Park Road in Blossom Valley Saturday morning. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.