Hours-long standoff ends with
arrest of wanted felon Escobedo

June 18, 2014
Santa Paula News

Santa Paula Police took an area man into custody after he barricaded himself in a home for almost three hours Saturday, the third time the subject has been arrested from behind closed doors since 2010.

According to Sgt. Cody Madison, the June 14 incident began at about 

12:20 p.m. when officers responded to the 300 block of North 12th Street regarding a report of a wanted person.

Jacob Escobedo, 28, of Santa Paula, had a felony post-release offender status warrant out for his arrest in connection with incidents involving child endangerment and felony resisting arrest.

Escobedo is a transient and parolee wanted on a number of charges from prior incidents; he also is a Post Release Offender who is in violation of his PROS status for child endangerment and felony resisting arrest. 

Police said Escobedo was considered armed and dangerous.

“Upon arrival,” Madison said, “several subjects exited an unattached garage and the residence,” who were detained and later released.

“It was confirmed Escobedo was inside the residence however he stated he would not come out,” and mutual aid was requested with the California Highway Patrol and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department but Madison said they were relieved when the SPPD Special Response Team arrived on scene.

Residents of nearby homes were evacuated and the streets were closed between Santa Paula and Saticoy streets during negotiations with Escobedo.

After about two-and-a-half hours Escobedo exited the residence and was taken into custody. 

“There was no further incident once he came out he was cooperative and that was it,” said Madison.

Although Escobedo was found not to armed police did find a .22 caliber bullet in his possession as well as methamphetamine. Madison said a search warrant was obtained for the house and a .22 caliber revolver was located at the residence. 

Escobedo, said Madison, was arrested on the “fresh charges” of suspicion of being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a police officer as well as for the felony warrant he was already being sought on.

He was booked into Ventura County Main Jail and held without bail.

Madison said the SPPD thanks the CHP and VCSD for their assistance in the incident.

It wasn’t Escobedo’s first time to barricade himself behind closed doors for hours: in September 2010 when he was described as a “person of interest” in the September 13 shooting death of Isidro Alaniz, Escobedo was arrested after a nearly six-hour standoff with the SPPD at the Peppertree Mobile Home Park. 

A documented gang member, Escobedo was taken into custody after the incident that initially included four children and a woman inside the unit with him.

On February 27 of this year Escobedo was involved in an incident that started when a SPPD Officer walked into a convenience store on West Harvard Boulevard and Peck Road and spotted Escobedo, who was wanted then on a prior warrant. 

Escobedo ran and wound up in a locked garage on Wisteria Lane from where he finally called police and surrendered when he was unable to get out of the structure.

On May 8 Escobedo was involved in a hit-and-run incident on the 200 block of East Santa Maria Street and managed to escape although his female companion was arrested. Numerous weapons were found in the vehicle - including a handgun reported stolen from Oxnard - at that time.

SPPD Commander Ish Cordero said Escobedo, “Has the habit of causing hate and discontent in our community... he is under the new PROS program and had an electronic monitor,” which Cordero said Escobedo “Cut off and mailed it back to his Probation-Parole Officer.”

“He has been on the run for quite some time and every time we go to arrest him he runs from us and barricades himself.”

And that includes the September 2010 incident, “When he barricaded himself and used the kids as shields,” the reason said Cordero, “he was sentenced to a prison term.”

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