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Attempt to Locate Fugitive
updated: Dec 31, 2013, 11:20 AM

UPDATE by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
December 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

Carpinteria pursuit suspect arrested in Ventura, CA.

Juan Miguel Bejar was arrested on Saturday night, December 28, 2013, in the City of Ventura after an approximate two hour standoff with the Ventura Police Department’s S.W.A.T team. Ventra Police Officers attempted to contact Bejar in the 100 block of West Simpson Street shortly before midnight. During the contact officers heard a possible gunshot from inside the residence prompting the S.W.A.T team response. Bejar was eventually arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail on outstanding Santa Barbara County warrants and a parole hold.

Bejar is currently in custody in Ventura County jail. He will be transported later to Santa Barbara County and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. No bail is set due to the parole hold.

Juan Migual Bejar (updated booking photo)


Press Release provided by the Ventura Police Department
December 28, 2013

Incident: Barricaded parolee at large arrest

Location: 351 W Simpson Street

Date/Time Occurred: 12/28/13 2345 hours

Officer(s) Involved: Patrol / SWAT

Suspect(s): Juan Miguel Bejar 12/23/83

Report #: 13-15198

Narrative: On the above date/time, VPD officers attempted to contact a wanted parolee (Juan Bejar) at 351 W. Simpson Street. Officers made verbal contact with the occupants of the residence who were uncooperative. As officers were attempting to negotiate with the occupants they heard a possible gunshot inside of the residence. Further negotiations with the occupants failed and VPD SWAT was requested to assist.

After approximately two hours several occupants, including Bejar, exited the residence and were detained by officers. Bejar was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for several outstanding felony warrants and a parole hold. No gun was found inside the residence and nobody was injured as a result of this incident.


Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
December 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Public Assistance Requested to Help Locate Fugitive:
Suspect Drove the Wrong Way on the Freeway to Avoid Capture

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance to help locate a fugitive who escaped after stealing several vehicles and who went the wrong way on the freeway to avoid being arrested. The suspect, 29 year old Juan Miguel Bejar of Oxnard, is considered dangerous and may be armed. If you see Bejar, you should not engage him but should call law enforcement immediately.

At approximately 3:25 a.m. on December 14, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 4100 block of Via Real to a report of couple who witnessed its car being stolen in front of its residence. When the suspect, who was later identified as Bejar, observed the couple he verbally threatened to use a firearm although no weapon was seen. The victims ran back into the house and the suspect took off in their car. Bejar crashed at the scene and jumped into a green van that was waiting for him with his brother and wife inside. The green van was reported stolen out of the city of Oxnard. A high speed chase ensued but was called off for safety reasons when Bejar drove onto Highway 101 going the wrong direction. Sheriff's Deputies spotted the vehicle again shortly afterwards on Upson Road and Santa Monica Road. Bejar drove back onto Highway 101, this time in the right direction, followed by Sheriff's Deputies. The vehicle pursuit ended at Linden Avenue when a Sheriff's Deputy used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver to disable the vehicle.

Bejar fled on foot and despite search efforts by Sheriff's Deputies, who were assisted by a Sheriff's K9 Unit, the suspect was not located. His wife ,24 year old Sandra Lopez and his brother, 28 year old Jose Bejar, both of Oxnard, were arrested and charged with attempted burglary, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff's Deputies searched the stolen vehicle and found stolen property and burglary tools. The reported firearm was not located.

Bejar has an extensive criminal history. If you have any information on Bejar's whereabouts or if you see him, call 911. You can also leave an anonymous tip at (805) 681-4171.

Jose Bejar

Sandra Lopez

Juan Bejar

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