On Saturday, March 19, 2022 at approximately 8:13 p.m. officers were dispatched to a family dispute in the 1600 block of Alturas Street. Witnesses reported that suspect Pedro Garcia, age 26, was threatening family members and was in possession of a handgun. Witnesses reported that suspect Garcia fled the scene in a black Chevrolet Camaro before officers arrived and was still in possession of the handgun. Officers learned that Garcia is on Post Release Community Supervision. Officers searched the surrounding area and were unable to locate suspect Garcia. An officer safety message was sent out to police units regarding Garcia and the vehicle he was driving.
Later, at around 9:42 p.m., an officer was responding to an unrelated call for service when he observed suspect Garcia driving the abovedescribed vehicle near the intersection of Vineyard Ave and Oxnard Blvd. The officer followed the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop in an apartment complex in the 300 block of Vineyard Ave. Suspect Garcia momentarily pulled into a parking stall, before reversing and accelerating away, leading officers on a short vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, suspect Garcia drove recklessly, including driving against traffic at times. The pursuit ended when Suspect Garcia stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Ventura Road and Bevra Ave. Both suspect Garcia, and passenger Jesus Morales (age 27), fled from the vehicle. Officers chased Garcia and apprehended him near the intersection of Mariposa St. and Camelia St. Garcia was found to be in possession of .22 caliber ammunition. Officers located a loaded handgun magazine in the path taken by both suspects as they fled from the vehicle.
Witnesses reported that an unknown person (later determined to be suspect Morales) was seen tossing some objects near a trash dumpster in the alley of the 2000 block of Mariposa St, before entering an upstairs apartment. Officers surrounded the particular apartment and observed suspect Morales exit onto the balcony and climb onto the roof. Officers confronted Morales and took him into custody. Officers searched the particular dumpster area where Morales was seen discarding items and located two handguns (.22 caliber Sig Sauer and 9mm P80), along with a loaded magazine. Further investigation revealed that the residents did not know Morales and that he entered their apartment without permission through an unlocked door.
Suspect Garcia is on Post Release Community Supervision and is a prohibited person. He was arrested on felony charges for reckless evading and for being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. Suspect Morales was arrested for several felony charges related to the possession of both firearms, along with misdemeanor aggravated trespassing for unlawfully entering an occupied dwelling.