Press Release

 

Thousand Oaks - Deputies Assaulted During Arrest
6/6/2014 10:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Deputies Assaulted During Arrest

Report Number:

14-12880

Location:

Hillcrest Drive at Houston Drive  Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360

Date & Time:

06/05/2014 3:15 pm

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department, Patrol Bureau

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

City of Residence

Age

 

(A) Mejia, Santos

(V) Egnatchik, Stephen

(V) Blanck, Daniel

 

 

 

Thousand Oaks

30

 

 

Narrative:

 

Police work in its very nature is dangerous.  Every year, deputies and officers entrusted with keeping the peace in our communities are threatened, attacked, and injured in violent encounters with criminals.  An example of this occurred in Thousand Oaks on June 5th, 2014. 

 

At 3 pm, Santos Mejia became involved in a verbal argument with a family member while driving on Hillcrest Dr.  Santos pulled his truck over at Houston Drive and called the Thousand Oaks Police Department for assistance.  Deputies Egnatchik and Blanck responded to the call.  While trying to assist Mejia, he became increasingly hostile and threatening.  Mejia made a specific threat to kill Deputy Egnatchik, a felony violation of Penal Code 422, Criminal Threats. 

 

While trying to place Mejia into custody, Mejia broke free of the deputies grasp and attacked them.  Both deputies received numerous injuries while taking Mejia into custody.  The deputies received treatment at Los Robles Hospital.  Mejia was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for: 

 

PC 422, Criminal Threats  (Felony)

PC 243(c)(2), Battery on a Peace Officer (Felony)

PC 69, Resisting an Executive Officer (Felony)

PC 243(b), Battery upon an Officer and Emergency Personnel (Misdemeanor)

 

 

Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Edward Beauvais, Crime Prevention Bureau

 

 

Media Release Date:

June 6th, 2014

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Tim Lohman  805-947-8255

 

Approved by:

Captain Fryhoff

 







 

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).