News Story


Police K9 Tracks Down Robbery Suspect
5/2/2016 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Police K9 Tracks Down Robbery Suspect

Report Number:



587 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Date & Time:

05/01/2016 @ 10:42 PM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department, Thousand Oaks Major Crimes, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Juan Guzman

Newbury Park



A Thousand Oaks Police K9 named 'Dano' tracked Juan Guzman to a residence on Paseo La Perla after he committed two robberies.


At approximately 10:42 PM, officers with the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a robbery in progress call in the shopping center located at 587 N. Ventu Park Road.  When they arrived on scene, they spoke with two male subjects and learned that Guzman attempted to take property from one of them and was successful in taking property from the second victim. Guzman did not use a weapon, however he did assault the victims before walking away with the stolen property. 


Officers on scene requested assistance from Deputy Flores and his K9 partner named 'Dano.'  Dano tracked Guzman's scent to the townhomes located in the 600 block of Paseo La Perla where officers found him standing outside.  Guzman was identified by the victims as the suspect who robbed them and he was arrested for the crimes.  Guzman was transported to the Ventura County Main Jail where he was booked for attempted robbery and robbery.  He was also on active parole so an additional hold was placed on him.  Guzman's bail is currently set at $120,000.00 dollars pending his arraignment in Superior Court.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff's Office is proud of its K9 program.  This K-9 program is funded by generous donations of the residents and businesses in Ventura County.  Police K9's like Dano and their handlers undergo hundreds of hours of training.  They not only protect deputies and the public in situations like this, they track missing children and adults, provide comfort to victims and detect narcotics during enforcement actions.  These K9's are not just man's best friend, but are sworn members of the agency and a critical component of accomplishing its mission.  To learn more about the K-9 Unit go to


Prepared by:

Sergeant Alan Hartkop


Media Release Date:

May 02, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Tim Lohman




Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).