Former child actor-turned-fugitive Brian Bonsall, who is wanted by authorities for skipping a court hearing last week, may have been successful in ducking the strong arm of the law â for now.
Bonsall, who most notably starred as Michael J. Fox’s little brother Andy Keaton on the 1980s TV series “Family Ties,” moved out of his home in north Boulder earlier this month.
A lock box hung on the door handle of his unit Thursday at the Aspen Grove condominiums, 2800 Kalmia Ave., and no one answered a knock on the door.
Aspen Grove facilities manager Gary Jones recalled seeing Bonsall moving furniture to a Dumpster at the complex over the Fourth of July weekend. Shortly thereafter, he said, the one-time kid star was gone.
Public records show that Bonsall owns the condo.
Bonsall, 26, failed to appear at a July 16 court hearing in which prosecutors were ready to lay out a case that the 2000 Boulder High School graduate violated his probation stemming from an assault on his girlfriend, Lindsey Dunavan.
Bonsall, who was serving two years probation for the 2007 assault, faced charges that he had failed to pay for domestic-violence classes, missed daily breathalyzer tests and submitted a positive breath test â all conditions for his staying out of prison.
It isn’t known whether Dunavan â who had been living in the condo with Bonsall in March 2007 when police said he put her in a chokehold and threw her on the bed during a party â left the residence with him.
“At this point, he’s essentially at an unknown location for us,” said Sarah Huntley, a spokeswoman for Boulder police.
But she said if police do come across Bonsall at any point â should he still be in town or passing through â “we will arrest him and take him to the jail.”
Carolyn French, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County district attorney, said her office routinely consults with law enforcement agencies elsewhere if it is believed that someone with a warrant out for his or her arrest is living there.
She said Bonsall’s warrant specifies that he be held on a $2,500 bond if apprehended.
Paul McCormick, who represented Bonsall during the assault case, said he didn’t have “any idea” where his former client was.
Bonsall has taken an ignominious fall from grace since his adolescent days in the spotlight, when he starred in “Family Ties,” several episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and a slew of TV shows and movies, including “Blank Check” and “Mikey.”
The Torrance, Calif., native had his first run-in with Colorado law enforcement in 2001, when he was stopped by police in Boulder County on suspicion of drunk driving.
He was arrested again in Boulder County three years later for the same offense.
Bonsall was a member of the Boulder punk band Thruster for about four years, but the band’s MySpace page claims the group broke up in late 2006 “due to each other’s desire for different parts of the country.”