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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday December 16th, 2022 :: 06:41 p.m. PST


News Story- Felon in Possession of Multiple Illegal Firearms

Nature of Incident: Felon Arrested in Connection with Multiple Firearm Violations
Report Number: 22-165639
Location: 700 block of Ventura Street, Fillmore
Date & Time: 12/14/2022 @ 10:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit, Sheriff’s Fillmore Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Escobedo, Jacob
Santa Paula 36
During the month of December 2022, Sheriff’s Gang Unit (SGU) detectives began an investigation into Jacob Escobedo related to illegal firearms and narcotics. During the investigation, detectives learned Escobedo is a convicted felon and on parole with a criminal history that prohibits him for owning and or possessing any firearms and ammunition.  
On December 14, 2022, Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives coordinated with Fillmore Patrol to contact Escobedo in the city of Fillmore. Fillmore Patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop of Escobedo and executed a parole search of his person and vehicle. During the search, deputies located two loaded “Ghost Gun” firearms as well as a small amount of marijuana. Unregistered firearms such as the ones seized are commonly referred to as “Ghost Guns” because they are illegally manufactured firearms that lack serial numbers or markings.
Escobedo was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for a parole hold. Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives are continuing to investigate multiple firearm violations Escobedo was found to be in violation of and anticipate further felony criminal charges. Escobedo remains in custody with no bail.
The Sheriff’s Gang Unit is comprised of eight detectives, who focus on protecting West County communities by actively investigating illegal firearm activities. The Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase of unlawful firearm activities in Ventura County, including illegal “ghost guns”.  If you have any information about illegal weapons in the West County areas in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, please contact Detective Matt Smith at 805-797-2891.    
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.
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Prepared by: Senior Deputy Matt Smith  
News Release Date: 12/16/2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective John Lopez
Approved by:
Captain Garo Kuredjian  
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).

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