Arson, Brandishing Suspect Taken Into Custody In Santa Paula

Saturday January 18, 2020

     Santa Paula police say a woman wanted in connection with an arson and for brandishing a knife was taken into custody following a tense standoff Saturday afternoon.

   Around 2:52 PM, officers responded to the K-Mart parking lot off Faulkner Road to a report from a Santa Paula woman that another woman had brandished a knife at her.

   When officers arrived they made contact with the suspect, 36-year-old Janean Hinrichs of Long Beach, who dropped to her knees, started speaking incoherently, and refused to comply with their commands.

   A Ventura County Sheriff's deputy was in the area and responded to the scene.

   He told the officers that Hinrichs was possibly involved in an arson in Fillmore earlier in the day.

   Additional resources, including more deputies and a K-9 team, responded and held Hinrichs at gunpoint as they continued to try to get her to comply with their commands and she continued to refuse to do so.

   Finally, officers with a police shield approached Hinrichs and took her into custody.

   They found she was in possession of a fixed blade knife and a folding pocket knife.

   Hinrichs was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during a vandalism.

   She was then booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony arson, possession of a knife, felony vandalism, aggravated trespass, exhibiting a deadly weapon, and possession of a controled substance.

   She remains in jail with bail set at $260,000 and is due in court Wednesday.