Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release
An 18-month old toddler was found unharmed and reunited with her parents after her mother’s vehicle was stolen from outside their Home Acres (Moorpark) residence.
On March 26, 2021, at around 8:23PM, Moorpark deputies responded to numerous service calls of a possible prowler in the area of the 3800 block of Timberridge Road, in the city of Moorpark. Each caller provided the same general description of a male jumping over fences into the rear yards of multiple residences in the area of Mountain Trail Street, near Country Trail Park.
As deputies were looking for the suspect, they learned a vehicle was reported stolen to California Highway Patrol (CHP), from the 4200 block of Santa Rosa Drive. The victim told CHP dispatch her young child was still inside the vehicle at the time it was stolen. Deputies quickly determined the stolen vehicle was likely related to the suspect responsible for the prowling incidents. This particular area of Santa Rosa Drive is located in the unincorporated area of Moorpark, known as Home Acres. Santa Rosa Drive is just west of where the prowler occurrences had been reported to dispatch.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Fillmore patrol stations, along with a Sheriff’s helicopter, responded and began a search for the stolen vehicle. A short time later, a Camarillo patrol deputy spotted the vehicle driving in the 7300 block of Santa Rosa Road and made a traffic stop. The driver, who was identified as 33-year-old Oxnard resident Jahwi Angeles-Ortega was taken into custody without incident. The toddler was found uninjured in her rear car seat and immediately returned to the care and custody of her parents. Angeles-Ortega was found to have multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest and was additionally arrested for felony violations of California Penal Code section 207(a)-Kidnapping and California Vehicle Code section 10851(a)-Vehicle Theft.
Angeles-Ortega was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility where he is currently being held in lieu of a $122,500.00 bail. He has a scheduled arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on 03/30/2021, at 1:30PM, in Courtroom #13.