News Story


Thousand Oaks - Wanted Subject Arrested Following Pursuit
8/12/2016 9:12:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Wanted suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit in Simi Valley

Report Number:

RB# 16-121190


600 Block E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley

Date & Time:

08/12/16 @ 01:00 PM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department, Thousand Oaks Investigations, Moorpark Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department


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

City of Residence


Joshua Richard Nation

Newbury Park



On 8/12/16, Thousand Oaks Police Detectives were investigating a known suspect wanted for several counts of felony identity theft and felony domestic violence.  Detectives located suspect Joshua Nation in the city of Simi Valley in the 600 block of East Los Angeles Ave.  Detectives observed the suspect enter a silver passenger vehicle. 

As a marked Ventura County Sheriff's Office patrol unit attempted to initiate a traffic stop at E. Los Angeles Ave and 5th Street, Joshua Nation failed to pull over his vehicle and suddenly accelerated proceeding at a high rate of speed eastbound on East Los Angeles Ave.   Ventura County Sheriff's marked black and white patrol units initiated a vehicle pursuit.  The suspect flagrantly failed to yield to the overhead red and blue lights and sirens and continued eastbound on Los Angeles Ave. traveling in excess of 70 MPH.  The suspect ran two red lights at busy intersections. 

A Simi Valley Police Department's marked patrol unit observed the same vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed at E. Los Angeles Ave. at Galt St. while observing other patrol units in pursuit. Nation continued at a high rate of speed driving through two additional red lights and nearly colliding with a vehicle passing through the intersection.  Due to Nation's erratic driving and risk to the safety of the public, all police units discontinued pursuit of him at Sequoia Ave.  Shortly after discontinuing the pursuit, Simi Valley Police discovered the silver vehicle had collided with a cinder block wall on Barnes St. just south of E. Los Angeles Ave.  

Witnesses reported Nation ran away from the accident scene and into the backyard of a residence in the 3600 block of Semple St. in Simi Valley.  

A Sheriff's helicopter and two Simi Valley Police canine handlers responded.  Joshua Nation was located hiding in the locked rear patio area of the residence and was taken into custody.  Nation was arrested and later booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for felony evading, hit and run, identity theft and domestic violence.            


Prepared by:

Detective A. Marco #3082


Media Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective A. Marco #3082




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).