News Story


Carjacking and multiple vehicle theft suspect arrested
12/17/2016 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Carjacking and multiple vehicle theft suspect arrested

Report Number:



PCH south of Yerba Buena Road, Malibu

Date & Time:

12-16-16 / 1851 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau; Camarillo Patrol; Headquarters Patrol; Sheriff's K-9; Sheriff's Gang Unit; Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail; Sheriff's Aviation Unit; ARTIC

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

City of Residence



S- Eric Ramos







On 12-16-16, at about 1851 hours, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a carjacking that just occurred on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just south of Yerba Buena Road in the unincorporated area of Ventura County.  When deputies arrived, they learned that the victim had been seated in his vehicle parked along PCH.  The victim noticed a sedan stop and park directly behind his vehicle.  Shortly thereafter, a male suspect, later identified as Eric Ramos, approached the victim's vehicle and forcibly removed the victim from inside.  After a brief struggle, during which the victim sustained minor injuries, Ramos entered the victim's vehicle and drove it away from the scene.

Camarillo patrol deputies responding to the call, saw a vehicle matching the victim's vehicle parked along the shoulder of Las Posas Road south of Hueneme Road in the unincorporated Oxnard Plains area.  Deputies stopped to check on the vehicle and confirmed it was, in fact, the victim's vehicle that had been abandoned by Ramos.  Additionally, deputies discovered that the sedan which had initially parked behind the victim's vehicle was an unreported stolen vehicle from the city of Oxnard.

Multiple Sheriff's K-9's along with a Sheriff's helicopter were called in to assist with the search for Ramos.  Additionally, resources from the Sheriff's Gang Unit, Camarillo Police Special Enforcement Detail, Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau, the Sheriff's Advanced Real-Time Information Center (ARTIC) also assisted with the search for Ramos.

During the search, deputies learned that the California Highway Patrol had received a call of a vehicle theft that had just occurred in the area of Wood Road and Hueneme Road.  It was discovered that a second victim had been approached by a suspect, believed to be Ramos, who asked for a ride.  Ramos then got into the second victim's vehicle and drove away, stranding the victim along the side of the road.

Over the next few hours, deputies continued to pursue several investigative leads in the hunt for Ramos.  Evidence linking Ramos to each of these crimes was discovered during the investigation.

At about 2330 hours, ARTIC received information from the California Highway Patrol-Antelope Valley Station that the second victim's vehicle had been found on a remote stretch of road in the Leona Valley area.  Deputies contacted Highway Patrol officers who reported the vehicle had been crashed into a hillside and abandoned.  ARTIC contacted area law enforcement agencies and forwarded Ramos' information.  At about 0045 hours, deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department found Ramos walking near the area of the abandoned stolen vehicle.  Ramos displayed injuries consistent with a traffic collision.  Ramos was detained and members of the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau responded to take him into custody.

Ramos was booked into the Ventura County Jail on one count of carjacking and two counts of auto theft.  His bail is currently set at $110,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on 12-20-16.

Prepared by:

Sgt. Ron Chips


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Ron Chips (805) 765-0617


Approved by:

Captain Melissa Smith


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).