Kidnapping/assault fugitive caught in Maywood in SWAT standoff


The assault provoked a large response by East Los Angeles sheriff's deputies and a sheriff's SWAT team.

A suspect was barricaded in a residence near E. 60th Street and Atlantic Boulevard. The suspect is reportedly on parole.

Nearby Saint Rose of Lima School was locked down during the standoff. According to the school's principal, most students were released at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, so most were already gone when the nearby barricade incident occurred.

Some staff and students were in the school at the time of lockdown, including the principal, at about 3:15 p.m. The principal said about 30 people were at the school in total during the incident. The principal said everyone in the school was inside and OK.

The suspect surrendered to authorities by 5:35 p.m. and was arrested.

The suspect was then identified as Jaci Armando Barragan, who was wanted in Malibu for kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy came upon a car on the side of the road 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 on 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.

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