News Story


Armed suspect arrested after standoff near Lake Casitas
8/7/2012 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Subject with a Gun Near Lake Casitas

Report Number:



3300 block of Casitas Pass Rd.

Date & Time:

August 3, 2012 @ 9:50

Unit Responsible:

Ojai Valley Area Station

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

City of Residence


(S) Moles, David

Casitas Springs, CA



An armed domestic battery suspect surrendered after a standoff with Sheriff's S.W.A.T. Team and Tactical Negotiations Unit.  The suspect, David Moles, was taken into custody without incident after it was reported he battered a female victim.  Further investigation revealed that he made criminal threats to the victim.


Sheriff's deputies searched the area along the 3300 block of Casitas Pass Rd.  A Sheriff's helicopter located Moles in an off-road area.  Deputies observed Moles holding a handgun.  After several hours of negotiations, Moles surrendered to deputies.  He was arrested for felony domestic battery and criminal threats and later booked into the Sheriff's Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  A handgun was recovered at the location where Moles was taken into custody.


Casitas Pass Rd. was closed in both directions by the California Highway Patrol for the duration of the incident.


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Captain Don Aguilar

Media Release Date:

August 3, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar

Approved by:

Commander Tim Hagel