News Story


Vehicle Hit and Run / Child Endangerment / Stolen Vehicle Recovered and Foot Puruit Arrest
8/17/2017 7:20:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Vehicle Hit and Run/Child Endangerment/ Stolen Vehicle Recovered and Foot Pursuit Arrest


Report Number:

RB #17-123033


City of Ojai


Date & Time:

08/16/2017 @ 7:00 pm 

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Patrol/Ventura County Sheriff's Gang Unit 


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(A) Jesse Rivera

Santa Paula



Suspect 'nabbed' after foot pursuit.  Wednesday evening, Ojai patrol deputies arrested a suspect after being led on a foot pursuit while he was holding a 3 year old toddler.    


On 08/16/2017, at approximately 7:00 pm, Ojai Patrol Deputies were investigating a non-injury traffic collision that occurred in the area of North Signal Street and Aliso Street in the city of Ojai.  The driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision was identified as Jesse Rivera.  It was determined Rivera was the 'at fault' party when he failed to 'yield to the right of way' to the other vehicle.  Rivera's vehicle collided with the rear bumper of the other party's vehicle causing minor damage.  Rivera had his girlfriend's 3 year old toddler in the vehicle with him however, the toddler was not injured.


While the deputies were investigating this collision, Rivera quickly grabbed the toddler and he ran away from the scene.  A short foot pursuit ensued as Rivera ran away from the police while clutching the toddler.  Without regard for the toddler's safety, Rivera threw the toddler over several 6 foot fences.  Rivera then climbed over the fences, picked up the toddler as he continued to evade police on foot.  A perimeter was set up, and the Ventura Sheriff's Gang Unit responded to assist.  It was determined that the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Rivera had been stolen from the 700 block of Harvard Blvd. in the city of Santa Paula on 08/14/2017 @ 6:45 am.


Rivera flagged down an unsuspecting citizen for a ride out of the area.  Rivera and the toddler were able to obtain a ride to the Vons Supermarket on Maricopa Highway in the city of Ojai from this citizen who was unaware of the circumstances and the criminal activity of Rivera.  Ojai Deputies immediately learned this information and responded to the Vons Shopping Center where the search continued.     


Rivera and the toddler were located in the Von's parking lot where Rivera was taken into custody without incident by Sheriff's Office personnel.  The toddler was not injured.  The toddler was later released to family members and Child Protective Services was involved.  Rivera was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail where he remains in custody with a bail set at $110,000.


Prepared by:

Detective Will Hollowell


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Will Hollowell 805-477-7042


Approved by:

Captain James Fryhoff