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Kidnapping suspect on the loose after escaping deputies in Malibu

January 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A suspect who escaped deputies in Malibu after reportedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend remained on the loose Monday.

The suspect, identified as Jaci Armando Barragan, was stopped by a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy shortly before 1 a.m. Monday.

The deputy stumbled upon the car with fogged up windows on the side of the road while patroling the area near Corral Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway.

Before approaching the vehicle to perform a welfare check, the deputy ran the vehicle's plates and discovered it was stolen and registered to a woman in Huntington Park. He then approached the stolen vehicle with Barragan and an unidentified woman inside.

During that time, the deputy discovered Barragan also had a felony warrant for his arrest amongst a long rap sheet.

While handcuffing Barragan, the suspect reportedly bolted and knocked down the officer, scraping the officer's hands and knees. He then ran off without any shoes on and with one handcuff on his wrist.

The woman was later identified as the suspect's ex-girlfriend. According to authorities, Barragan kidnapped her from her South Gate home and sexually assaulted her. The unidentified victim had reportedly filed 16 police reports against her ex-boyfriend in the past for stalking and terrorist threats.

She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries. The officer was also treated for the hand injuries he suffered while trying to handcuff the suspect.

A perimeter was set up on several streets near Corral Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu as authorities searched for the suspect early Monday. The manhunt was called off around 10 a.m. after nearly nine hours of searching to no avail.

Barragan was described as a 32-year-old Hispanic male with dark hair and black eyes. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, blue jeans and socks.

The suspect's stolen vehicle was described as a 1997 Nissan 4-door with license plate number 4CYS673. Authorities said ammunition was found in the car.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the suspect is considered dangerous and advises people and motorists to remain cautious.

"People from time to time hitchhike along the Pacific Coast Highway," Whitmore said. "Don't pick anybody up. Somebody comes to your door that you don't know, don't let them in. If you see somebody barefoot, if you see somebody with a black tank top and blue jeans and a unique ornament on his right wrist, namely a handcuff, call us immediately."

Anyone with information regarding Barragan was urged to dial 911.


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