Thousand Oaks: Two officers injured during an arrest

view times;”>Police work in its very nature is dangerous. Every year, unhealthy deputies and officers entrusted with keeping the peace in our communities are threatened, attacked, and injured in violent encounters with criminals. An example of this occurred in Thousand Oaks on June 5th, 2014.

At 3 pm, Santos Mejia became involved in a verbal argument with a family member while driving on Hillcrest Dr. Santos pulled his truck over at Houston Drive and called the Thousand Oaks Police Department for assistance. Deputies Egnatchik and Blanck responded to the call. While trying to assist Mejia, he became increasingly hostile and threatening. Mejia made a specific threat to kill Deputy Egnatchik.

While trying to place Mejia into custody, Mejia broke free of the deputies grasp and attacked them. Both deputies received numerous injuries while taking Mejia into custody. The deputies received treatment at Los Robles Hospital. Mejia was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for:

PC 422, Criminal Threats
PC 243(c)(2), Battery on a Peace Officer
PC 69, Resisting an Executive Officer
PC 243(b), Battery upon an Officer and Emergency Personnel

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).

Source: Thousand Oaks Police Department

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