News Story


Thousand Oaks - False Report of Criminal Threats
1/11/2013 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

False Report  of Criminal Threats

Report Number:



1300 block of Newbury Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Date & Time:

01/02/13 @ 6:17 AM

Unit Responsible:

East County Major Crimes Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) Unknown




On 01-02-13, at approximately 6:17 AM, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Communication Center (SCC) received a call from an unidentified person.  The caller indicated that they were holding several people hostage at the La Quinta Inn in Newbury Park.  The caller threatened to injure the hostages and responding emergency services personnel.

Specialized Units with the Thousand Oaks Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Ventura County Fire Department, and other agencies responded to the call and initially handled the situation.  During the incident and ensuing investigation, It was determined that the entire incident was a hoax, therefore no threat to public safety.

The East County Major Crimes Unit with the assistance of other agencies are currently investigating the incident.  These types of incidents utilize precious resources which could be otherwise used for legitimate calls in the community.  Law Enforcement would like to emphasize that these types of events are taken seriously and are a felony crime in the State of California, subject to prosecution.

Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Sergeant Alan Hartkop

Media Release Date:

January 9, 2013

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Todd Welty (805) 494-8224

Captain Don Aguilar   (805)797-7349


Approved by:

Captain Stephen Wade


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).