News Story


Camarillo - Follow-up to Foot Pursuit of Identity Theft and Forgery Suspect
1/23/2014 1:40:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Follow-up to Foot Pursuit of Identity Theft and Forgery Suspect

Report Number:



1500 block of Brookhaven Ave.  Camarillo

Date & Time:

1-23-2014 @ 1340 hrs.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Patrol, Detectives and Special Enforcement Detail

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

City of Residence


Nicholas Medina-Smith




Ventura County Sheriff's deputies searched Thursday in a Camarillo neighborhood for a man wanted in connection with identity theft and forgery.


The man was originally spotted by a patrol deputy about 10:30 a.m. at the Camarillo Village Square shopping center.  The man was identified as Nicholas Medina-Smith, a local probationer.  Medina-Smith fled when the deputy tried to stop him.  Investigators searched the area using a helicopter and police dog but did not immediately find Medina-Smith, until a citizen's tip led officers to a house in the 1500 block of Brookhaven Avenue.


At 1340 hrs, deputies from the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail watched the house and spotted Medina-Smith jumping over a backyard fence from the rear to the street.  Deputies converged and took him into custody.  At the time of his arrest, Medina-Smith was found in possession of stolen property taken from the residence. 


Further investigation revealed Medina-Smith had burglarized the unoccupied residence to hide out after the foot chase with deputies.

Prepared by:

Sergeant Steve Capuano


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Scott Norris (805) 947-8314


Approved by:

Commander Guy Stewart



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).