71 Year Old Resident Interrupts Burglary of her Oak View Home

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release

James Hanna

Oak View resident interrupts burglary of her residence and assists with identification of suspect, which led to his arrest.

On 03/06/19, at about 12:30 PM, a 71-year-old victim returned home from her day’s activities to find unknown an intruder, later identified as 23 year old Oak View resident James Hanna, had ransacked her residence, and was still inside her bedroom rummaging through her personal belongings.  After announcing to Hanna that she had a gun, Hanna decided it was time to leave and ran out the garage door. The victim saw Hanna was carrying two duffle bags full of what she believed to be her personal items, as he fled towards his car parked in front of her residence. The victim decided she wasn’t going to just stand by and allow Hanna to make off with her property, so she chased after him.

The victim grabbed hold of the duffle bag full of her belongings, at which time Hanna pushed her to the ground. The victim laid on the ground and yelled aloud the letters listed on Hanna’s vehicle license plate, “L.U.C., L.U.C., I got your plate! You’re going to jail!”

As the Deputies began their investigation, they contacted Ojai Detectives who were already out in the field on an unrelated matter. Thanks to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office keeping up on the most recent technology, the Detectives were able to immediately go to work on the partial license plate of “L.U.C.” provided by Kenton and identified their suspect as “James Hanna,” who lived nearby and was on parole for grand theft.


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