News Story


Thousand Oaks Swift Water Rescue Operation; One Person Remains Missing
2/17/2017 9:21:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Person Swept Away by Swift Water / Three Rescued


Report Number:



West of the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park


Date & Time:

February 17, 2017 @ 2:26 P.M.

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Patrol, Ventura County Sheriff's Aviation / Search & Rescue, Ventura County Fire Department


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

City of Residence


(V) Arturo Guerrero

(V) Gustavo Guerrero

(V) Elder Cereas

(V) Male Adult


Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks






One person was swept away by swift water and three people were rescued Friday afternoon when heavy rains quickly flooded the barranca area west of the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios in Thousand Oaks.


Officers with the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the Sheriff's Aviation Unit, Sheriff's Search and Rescue and the Ventura County Fire Department responded to the location after receiving a report of three people stranded on high ground within the barranca


A swift water rescue team comprised of Ventura County Sheriff and Ventura County Fire Department personnel successfully rescued the three people.  The victims told rescue personnel that a fourth person was swept away by the strong currents before rescuers arrived.  A search for the individual was immediately initiated by air and ground teams. The search is ongoing.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public of the extreme dangers of being near fast moving water in washes, river bottoms and low lying areas during torrential rain storms.     


Prepared by:

Detective Timothy Lohman


Media Release Date:

February 17, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Timothy Lohman (805) 947-8255


Approved by:

Captain Ross Bonfiglio



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).