News Story


Thousand Oaks - Sexual Battery Suspect Identified and Arrested
6/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest of Sexual Battery Suspect  

Report Number:



Muvico Theater 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

June 10, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Unit Responsible:

East County Major Crimes / Sexual Assault Unit

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

City of Residence



(V) Female

(S) Hector Garcia

Thousand Oaks









On May 23, 2014, at approximately 11:39 p.m., deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department investigated a report of a sexual battery, which occurred at the Muvico Theater on Hillcrest Drive. The victim reported that while she was in a restroom stall, an unidentified man slid underneath the partition and sexually battered her. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to exit the stall, and the suspect fled from the theater.


As part of the investigation, investigators partnered with local media sources, including the Spanish speaking media, hoping to generate leads.  As a result of the media coverage, concerned citizens came forward and identified 18 year old Hector Garcia as a potential suspect.  Investigators were subsequently able to locate evidence implicating Garcia in the crime.


On June 10, 2014, at approximately 12:55 PM, investigators from the East County Sexual Assault Unit were able to locate and arrest Garcia. Garcia was booked at the Sheriff's Office East County Jail Facility for Sexual Battery by Restraint and False Imprisonment By Violence, both felonies.  Garcia's bail was set at $250,000.00.






Prepared by:

Captain Mike Hartmann


Media Release Date:

June 11, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Tim Lohman (805) 947-8255

Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349



Approved by:               Captain Cory Rubright






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).