Simi Valley: Residential Burglary Suspects in Custody

Simi Valley Police Department – Incident Press Release
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At about 10:27 a.m. this morning the resident of a home in the 2900 block of Jadestone Avenue returned home. The homeowner saw a strange vehicle had parked in her driveway and after parking in her neighbor’s driveway, activated the garage door opener. She immediately saw two men standing inside of the garage holding pillow cases stuffed with property. 
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One subject, later identified as Anthony Molina, 20 years, ran back inside the residence and the second, Josiah Preston, 18 years, entered the vehicle parked in the driveway. Molina was later seen exiting a side gate of the home, getting in the driver’s side of the vehicle and the subjects fled the area. The homeowner followed the subjects, both residents of South Central Los Angeles, as she contacted the police department. She continued to follow the suspects as officers were dispatched. .

An officer first observed the subjects at 10:33 a.m. stopped at the traffic signal at Tapo Canyon Road and SR 118. As the vehicle entered eastbound SR 118, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Molina failed to yield and a pursuit began. After exiting Stearns Street, Molina intentionally rammed an officer’s vehicle and proceeded to get back on SR 118 eastbound..

The pursuit continued into the San Fernando Valley, where Molina exited the freeway at Tampa Avenue and turned southbound. The Los Angeles Police Department assisted by providing an Air Unit as Molina continued to fail to yield to the pursuing officers. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to use the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver to bring the vehicle to stop..

There was a subsequent collision between a police unit and Molina’s vehicle at about 10:44 a.m., which resulted in the vehicle coming to a stop. Molina and Preston were taken into custody without further incident. There was no significant injury or property damage during this incident. .

Molina and Preston will be facing charges of residential burglary, felony assault on a police officer, felony failure to yield, and felony conspiracy to commit a crime. .

The police department would like to remind residents that there are organized groups committing residential burglaries in Southern California. These criminals generally knock at the front door and if there is no answer, force entry to the rear. Please be observant of suspicious persons or unknown vehicles in your neighborhood and watch out for our neighbors. .

If you would like to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program, please contact Community Services Specialist Jean-Marie Maroshek of the department’s Crime Analysis and Prevention Unit at (805) 583-6276. .

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is authorized to release booking photographs of both suspects.

Anthony Molina

Josiah Preston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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