UCSB Student Arrested Following Alleged Crime Spree
Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
At approximately 12:40 a.m. this morning, November 2, 2017, Sheriff’s Deputies and UCSB Police Officers assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) responded to an apartment in the 700 block of Camino Del Sur on a report of a robbery that had just occurred. The victim was walking in the area of Camino Del Sur and Abrego Road when the suspect, described as a college-aged Asian male, walked up behind the victim, grabbed his arm and forcibly removed his cell phone from his hand. The suspect quickly ran northbound on Camino Del Sur with the victim’s phone. The victim walked back to his apartment nearby and called 9-1-1.
Just one hour later, at approximately 1:50 a.m., IVFP personnel responded to the intersection of Camino Pescadero and Sueno Road for a report of an Asian male acting strangely and jumping onto moving vehicles. When the IVFP personnel arrived in the area, they located a 19-year-old UCSB student, later identified as Jeremy Jameel Kim, in the street. When they contacted Kim, he was uncooperative and ran away from law enforcement. After a short foot pursuit, he was contacted at the intersection of Camino Pescadero at Cordoba Road. Kim continued to be resistive with the officers and deputies, but was eventually taken into custody.
A follow up investigation revealed that Kim was responsible for three separate crimes within the past hour in Isla Vista. He was identified as the suspect in the robbery on Camino Del Sur. Also, just prior to the most recent 911 call, he had approached a male driver parking his car on Sueno Road and tried to aggressively open the driver’s door to get inside. Thankfully, the vehicle’s doors were locked and Kim was unsuccessful. Kim then jumped on top of the vehicle and refused to get off. The victim quickly accelerated down Sueno Road with Kim on top of his vehicle. Kim eventually fell from the vehicle and landed on the street. He immediately got to his feet and started running northbound on Camino Pescadero. The victim drove to a safe location and called 911. IVFP personnel also contacted a third female victim, who said she was walking down the street and that Kim, for no apparent reason tackled her onto the ground, causing her head to be injured.
Kim was booked into Santa Barbara County jail on charges of robbery, battery, malicious mischief to a vehicle, challenging to fight and resisting arrest. Kim’s bail is set at $50,000.