Tip from Neighbor leads to arrest of Suspect Stealing Property from parked vehicles

Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

On March 24th at 6AM, an alert neighbor saw a suspicious person riding a bike in their neighborhood.  The suspect, later identified as 19 year old Dakota Gonzalez, was seen riding his bike up to a parked vehicle.  He was able to get inside the vehicle and while using a flashlight was seen taking items from the vehicle. 

As this was occurring, the neighbor called the Ventura Police Department and officers responded.  The first arriving officer found the suspect, however he fled on his bike when the officer tried to stop him.  The suspect went into the barranca adjacent to the neighborhood, and as additional officers responded, they were able to contain the suspect to the barranca.  After a lengthy search, the suspect was found, however he again fled from officers.  After a brief foot pursuit, officers caught him and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody.

At the conclusion of the investigation, two vehicles were located that the suspect had entered and stolen items from. The suspect was medically cleared at VCMC for minor injuries sustained during the arrest and later booked into Ventura County Jail on the charges of theft from a vehicle, delaying/ resisting officers and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.  No officers were injured during this incident.  If any additional citizens discover their vehicles were also broken into, they should contact the Ventura Police Department at (805)339-4399.

An anonymous tip can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.  

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