Kidnapping Suspect Evades Arrest in Malibu

Deputies established a perimeter in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road and hunted for the suspect overnight.

A suspected car thief and kidnapper escaped early Monday as a sheriff's deputy was trying to handcuff him in Malibu, authorities said.

Deputies established a perimeter in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road and hunted overnight and into the morning for Jaci Barragon, 32, according to Sgt. Anthony Arnold of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

The escape occurred shortly before 2 a.m. as a deputy went to investigate a Nissan Sentra parked on the side of the road, Arnold said. The intense search around PCH and Corral Canyon Road was called off at 9:30 a.m.

"They are assuming he was able to get out of our containment area," Arnold said.

Deputies conducted several searches of the vacant BeauRivage buildings and Solstice Canyon. He remained at large as of Tuesday afternoon.

Barragon and a woman were in the car, and investigators believe she was kidnapped in Huntington Park and sexually assaulted, he said.

A deputy managed to place a handcuff on Barragon's right wrist, but there was a struggle and Barragon ran away, Arnold said. Barragon was described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 8, 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

A deputy suffered a hand injury.

At Bluff's Park, a pair of pants were discovered by a jogger and are being tested for DNA to see if they belong to Barragon, according to the sheriff's department.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

Paul January 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Nice work as always Jessica! I find it interesting that Lost Hills claims they had contained a perimeter yet when I left Corral Canyon at 7AM this morning, there were no Deputies in sight... just the news trucks. That doesn't make me feel comfortable knowing the search was called off when the perimeter was compromised during the "height of the search" in my opinion. A guy with no shoes probably can't get too far so I'd encourage everyone in the area to remain aware and vigilant... lots of places to hide in Corral Canyon!
Zuma Skipper January 28, 2013 at 07:07 PM
There is a City of Malibu Emergency Services Coordinator who makes between $60k and $78k annually. What does this person do? I know what they don't do...keep the citizens of Malibu updated on potentially dangerous, in-progress events that could effect the well being and safety of the community. When is the last time anybody has heard from this department or person. Take a look at some of these salaries at the City. That's a lot of $alary for a city of just 13,000 people. My gosh, what do all these high paid people do? http://www.malibucity.org/archives/news/1097.pdf
Charles C. Fu January 28, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Just got off the phone after calling 911 to report some information. Person I spoke with said the suspect has not been caught and that they still have units in the area.
Jessica E. Davis January 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
That is correct.
Ben Dover January 28, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Brad Davis is the city's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, and he is one of the FEW underpaid employees of this city. I know as a resident, and volunteer of the C.E.R.T. team. Brad was hired to prepare the city for Fire, Floods, Mud Slides,and other Natural and Man Made (terrorist) disasters . And he's done an amazing job due to the limited budget he has due to council members making larger podiums so they feel important ( example of the waste) and the fact that so many residents have their heads stuck in the sand.
Jessica E. Davis January 28, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I agree with "Ben Dover." Brad Davis (no relation to me) has often helped me with information about law enforcement activities, PCH closures and other public safety incidents in Malibu in the past. He is one of the good ones at City Hall.
Zuma Skipper January 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Ben, is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator different than the Emergency Services Coordinator? The Emergency Services Coordinator is on the payroll, I don't see the Preparedness Coordinator on it. Either way, I agree CERT is a great thing for people to take, that and of course First Aid/CPR. You can never be too prepared. My point in all this is that there is zero coming from the City alerting us to the danger today. I know the infrastructure is there to support it, I am signed up their Emergency Connect System, but nothing. The last time I received someting from ECS was in Summer regarding a traffic accident on PCH. The City needs to be better (more consistent) at this type of communication/notification system for potentially life threatening events like the Fugitive Manhunt going on in our backyard.
Paul January 28, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Brad is definitely one of the good guys and is extremely dedicated to providing the best emergency services possible. I'm willing to bet the issue stems from Lost Hills not properly communicating the situation with Brad and the City.
Ben Dover January 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Maybe the council could find more funds for Brad Davis salary so he can actually live in Malibu. That way he could respond to emergency's sooner.
L.R. January 28, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Unless the suspect is going over 60mph on PCH or happens to make the illegal left hand turn in front of Pepperdine before 9AM sharp this suspect is not likley to be caught by any law enforcement around malibu. He's safe as long as he stays out of D'amores Pizza.
Zuma Skipper January 28, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Sounds like Brad is the "man", but regardless of all that, there needs to be a better system from the City/Lost Hills Sheriffs/Fire Department that alerts us, the tax paying citizens of Malibu during events that could endanger the public's safety. The Patch does a great job of reporting the news around Malibu and surrounding areas, but I'm sorry, there needs to be an efficient, consistent Official Government line of communication to the citizenry during dangerous incidents. Right now this guy is out there, maybe in your back yard, and our best source of info is from the Patch? The City and Sheriffs need to coordinate better on this folks and communicate "officially" to us.
J. Flo January 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Thank God this kidnapped victim was found!! Wonderful reporting, as usual, Jessica. You are such a valued asset to Malibu!
Kathy Cullum January 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Why would they call off the search now that it is daylight? All residents of Corral Canyon should be vigilent. Lock your doors, including your cars. He could easily hide in the back seat of a parked car.
Jessica E. Davis January 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I don't do it often, but I included comments from Zuma Skipper and M. Stanley in an article I just posted on why Nixle alerts were not sent out by the city of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department during the manhunt. Here is a link to the story: http://patch.com/A-11y7.
John Z. Shafai January 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM
All Corral residents need to be on alert. The suspect is barefoot and he has already spent one night out in the elements. He is going to be looking for a warm place to hunker down -- a house, car or even outdoor shed.
Jessica E. Davis January 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I just called for an update and the suspect is still at large.
Charles C. Fu January 29, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Everyone, Jessica posted a related story about the lack of notification from the city of Malibu at http://malibu.patch.com/articles/city-of-malibu-says-it-was-not-informed-of-manhunt-by-sheriff-s-department
Scott January 29, 2013 at 08:26 AM
There should be reward to catch this guy.
Scott January 29, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Police gave up too early But I kno it's exhausting.
Judi Hutchinson January 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM
This is what happened when there was a bomb scare at the schools. The helicopters were flying over my house and landing on the ball field. Two sheriff cars were in the cul de sac but no one was told what was going on. I heard from my daughter, who was trying to get into the school and it was locked down. Looks like we need to do some more work on communications.
Marguerite January 29, 2013 at 04:17 PM
According to late night news, it appears this was a case of an obsessed ex boyfriend. They said that he has a long history of stalking her. She was lucky that the deputy confronted the vehicle when he did. It is not good that the deputy let him get away, but they know his name and they know where to find him. He will be caught and she is lucky to be alive. Let's give the deputy some credit for doing good.
Rachel Catherine January 29, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Many Cars were broken into last night in central Malibu. Don't leave any valuables in your car.
Joseph Delano January 29, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Taking away our guns will certainly "make us safer" should this scumbag break into one of our homes as he attempts to evade LE.
Jane Bellomy January 29, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Ditto, Joseph Delano...
Zuma Skipper January 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Oh great, what is up with this crime wave. I read a couple weeks back the crime was up in Malibu a whopping 24% in 2012!
Ben Dover January 29, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I think the proliferation of National Chain Stores brought a proliferation of a national problems to our town.
John January 30, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Nobody is taking your guns away dude. Don't be such an extremist.
John January 30, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Yah, and so did paving the roads.
Charles C. Fu January 30, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Jessica E. Davis January 30, 2013 at 02:29 AM
The alleged kidnapper has been caught: http://patch.com/A-133t. Thanks Charles for posting the link.


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