Thousand Oaks Stalking/Vandalism Arrest

Friday December 21, 2018

     The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they've arrested a suspect in the extensive vandalism of a Thousand Oaks apartment complex that they allege was tied to the stalking of a tenant by her ex-boyfriend.

    The vandalism started in October and continued into December.

    The Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit started investigating at the complex in the 2000 block of Los Feliz Drive.

    They say most of the vandalism was graffiti spray-painted on vehicles in the complex, some 20 people were victims.

    Detectives looked at the first incident on October 2nd and were told by the female victim she believed it was done by her ex-boyfriend shortly after she ended their relationship.

    She also told them she'd been living in fear because she felt he had been stalking her and had used her personal information to obtain a credit card.

    Deputies say they started to develop evidence that the ex-boyfriend was the culprit.

    On December 19th, they stopped his vehicle on the 23 Freeway as it approached Thousand Oaks and served a search warrant for the vehicle.

    They allege that in the vehicle they found evidence linking him to the vandalism.

    Detectives arrested 39-year-old Juan Hernandez of Thousand Oaks for Stalking, Vandalism, and Identity Theft.

    Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

    His bail was set at $250,000 but as of Friday he remained in the Ventura County Jail and was due back in court on January 2, 2019.