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Quentin Bealer in Custody While Authorities Searched for Him

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Mar 05 2013 08:14:56 PM CST
Man Arrested, Charged with Murdering 14-Year-Old Marysa Nichols

Quentin Ray Bealer

RED BLUFF, Calif. -

The man accused of murdering 14-year-old Marysa Nichols was in custody while law enforcement searched for him.

39-year-old Quentin Bealer even made a court appearance the Monday before Marysa disappeared.  

Phil Johnston, Tehama County's Assistant Sheriff said Bealer was arrested by Tehama Deputies at a home in Gerber around 10:30 Friday night, just hours after police showed surveillance video of their person of interest.

He was arrested for failing to appear in court last Tuesday, the day Marysa went missing. Those charges are felony second degree burglary, receiving known stolen property and possession of a smoking device.

Bealer was released early Saturday, before deciding to turn himself in.

We also combed through dozens of pages of documents at the Tehama County Courthouse.

Bealer has another case that's still open. It's a felony charge for possession of marijuana, weighing more than 28.5 grams.

Last May, he was charged with vandalism and domestic violence battery.

In 2011, he faced several charges, including possession and transportation of a controlled substance.

Currently, he is on three different probations.

Bealer also had a few charges from the mid 90's, including battery with serious bodily injury and corporal injury to a spouse.

As for last Friday's arrest, Johnston said he was booked and released due to AB-109 and over-capacity at the jail.

Bealer is set to be arraigned on new charges Wednesday at 1 p.m.