On Thursday, April 24 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Steve Searles, the Wildlife Specialist for the Town of Mammoth Lakes, also known as the “Bear Whisperer,” was parked in his marked truck on Frontage Road in front of Schat’s Bakery. Mr. Searles was parked so that he could make a phone call on his mobile phone. While on the phone, he was approached by Brian Stacy Macklin, age 46 and a resident of Mammoth Lakes. Macklin tried to open the locked passenger door and when unable, went around to the driver’s side and was unsuccessful in opening the locked driver’s door. Macklin then began punching the side window and kicking the door while yelling obscenities to Searles and complaining about him using his cell phone.
Mr. Searles broadcast over his Town radio that he needed assistance. Simultaneously, a local Mammoth resident, Amber Dessert, observed Macklin punching and kicking Searles’ vehicle. Ms. Dessert also notified the Police.
Officer Daniel Hansen responded and upon arrival, Macklin turned his attention to the officer and aggressively approached him with clenched fists. When the officer attempted to handcuff Macklin, he became physically and aggressively resistive. After a struggle, Officer Hansen, with the assistance of Wildlife Specialist Searles, handcuffed Macklin.
Ms. Dessert then told the officer her observations. She parked near Searles’ truck and while still in her car, was approached by Macklin who reached into her car and attempted to take her cell phone from her. She leaned away and Macklin said, “Did you see that cop on his cell phone? He’s gonna get brain cancer?” Macklin again reached into Dessert’s car and grabbed her hair and hit her on the side of the head. Macklin then went to Searles’ truck and tried to enter, and began punching and kicking it.
There were no injuries. Macklin was arrested for Attempt Felony Vandalism, Attempt Robbery, Resisting Arrest, Misdemeanor Battery, and Drunk in Public. He was booked at Mono County Jail with a bail of $100,000.