Sheriff’s call off search for suspected carjacker

[Updated, 10:10 a.m.] Sheriff’s have called off the 9-hour search in Malibu for a suspected carjacker “assuming that he’s gotten out of our containment,” according to Sgt. Anthony Arnold of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s station.

The fugitive, Jaci Baragar, 32, is suspected of kidnapping a woman and stealing a Nissan Sentra in Huntington Park. A Sheriff’s deputy found the reportedly stolen vehicle parked on the eastbound shoulder of Pacific Coast Highway near Corral Canyon Road around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Barragan and the female were inside the car. When the deputy attempted to arrest the male, the suspect fled toward Corral Canyon Road and Sheriff’s authorities have been unable to locate him ever since. 

“If he’s gone then he’s gone hopefully for good,” Arnold said.

Authorities do not know whether Baragar was able to get away in another car or if he had a cell phone with him so that he could call for help. 

“Again, we’re reminding people not to pick up hitch-hikers or anyone they don’t know,” Arnold said. 


[Original post, 8 a.m.] A manhunt is under way in Malibu after a suspected car thief escaped from a Sheriff’s deputy early Monday morning, officials confirmed.

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Jaci Baragar, 32, is suspected of kidnapping a woman and stealing a Nissan Sentra in Huntington Park, according to Sgt. Anthony Arnold of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s station. 

A Sheriff’s deputy found the reportedly stolen vehicle parked on the eastbound shoulder of Pacific Coast Highway near Corral Canyon Road around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Baragar and the female were inside the car. When the deputy attempted to arrest the male, the suspect fled toward Corral Canyon Road and Sheriff’s authorities have been unable to locate him ever since. 

He may be barefoot wearing a black tank top, jeans and handcuffs, NBC reported. Early reports indicated Baragar sexually assaulted the female kidnapping victim, but authorities are still investigating. The Sentra does not belong to the female, Arnold said. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has set up a perimeter near PCH and Corral Canyon road as the search continues. 

“Don’t pick up hitch-hikers, don’t pick up anyone you don’t know,” Arnold advised.

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