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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday March 10th, 2022 :: 05:22 p.m. PST


News Story - Attempt Kidnapping Investigation

Nature of Incident: Attempt Kidnapping
Report Number: 22-28696
Location: Bristol Road at Foothill Road, Ojai
Date & Time: 3/4/2022 @ 8:15 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ojai Patrol / Ojai Police Department Investigations Unit /
Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(V) Juvenile Female
(S1) Unknown Male
(S2) Unknown Male
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of an attempted kidnapping that occurred on March 4, 2022, at approximately 8:15 PM, a twelve-year-old female was approached by two unknown male subjects in a vehicle near the area of Bristol Road and Foothill Road in the city of Ojai. During the incident, an unknown male passenger attempted to grab the juvenile by her backpack and attempted to pull her towards the vehicle.  The juvenile female fought back and fled the area. Once at a safe location, the juvenile contacted her mother and family friend about the incident. The victim was immediately taken to the Ojai Police Department to report the incident.
The suspect vehicle was described as a white 4 door sedan. The vehicle had scratches on the front bumper near the passenger side headlight. The vehicle had a sticker in the lower right-hand corner of the rear window, possibly an American flag.  The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid to late 20’s with dark colored spikey hair, sideburns, a mole on the right side of his face, scar on the left side of his neck, approximately 5’5” to 5’8” tall and medium build.  The suspect was wearing a “dirty” white long-sleeved shirt and jeans with red and blue paint on them. The driver was only described as a male subject.
Detectives worked with the child to create the attached composite sketch of the suspect.  The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Meagan Yates of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (805) 384-4731.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to speak to your children about “Stranger Danger” and to report suspicious behavior by calling (805) 654-9511.  When reporting suspicious behavior, please be a great witnesses and provide as much detail as possible.  With so many individuals now having cellular phones with cameras, remember to take a photo if it safe to do so, it truly helps.
Prepared by: Detective Meagan Yates  
News Release Date: 3/9/2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Tim Lohman
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
(805) 947-8255
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Victor Medina
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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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