Escondido Police Gang Unit Arrests Carjacking Suspect

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02/15/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lt. Chris Wynn, (760) 839-4700

On February 6, 2012, at approximately 1930 hours, the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received a call regarding a carjacking and stabbing that had just occurred in the 1600 Block of East Valley Parkway. Officers arrived on scene in about one minute and made contact with the victims.

The victims were parked outside of a business waiting for their dinner to be prepared when several Hispanic male subjects that exited from a white mini-van that was parked nearby approached them. The suspects were armed with knives and demanded the victims exit the vehicle. As the male victim exited the car, a physical altercation occurred and during the altercation he was stabbed in the chest.

The suspects entered the victim’s vehicle and fled the area along with the white mini-van. The stolen vehicle was a gold Saturn 4-door. The stolen vehicle was recovered approximately 15 minutes later in the area of Ohio Avenue and Cedar Street. Forensic Evidence Technicians were called to the scene to process the vehicle for evidence.

The male victim was treated at an area hospital and the female and child were not injured during the crime.

The Escondido Police Department Gang Investigations Unit has been investigating this case since it occurred and they were able to identify one of the suspects as Ulysses Ocampo, 22 years old, of Escondido as one of the suspects.  Attempts to locate Ocampo have been unsuccessful until yesterday.

On February 14, 2012, at about 4:40 PM, the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received an emergency call reference a male subject threatening a person with a gun in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Fig Street.  Officers arrived in the area, but were unable to locate a suspect. 

Recognizing the description of the suspect as being similar to Ocampo, plainclothes and uniformed officers set up a surveillance in the area to see if Ocampo returned.  At about 6:30 PM, Ocampo was spotted by two Gang Enforcement Officers in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Martin Drive.  Ocampo attempted to flee on foot, but was captured quickly by the two officers.

Ocampo was  transported to the Escondido Police Department where he was processed and was later booked at the Vista Detention Facility.  He is being charged with PC 664/187(a), attempted murder, PC 215(a), carjacking, PC, PC 209.5(a), kidnapping/carjacking and PC 186.22(b), gang enhancement.

There are still suspects outstanding in this case and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Escondido Police Department Gang Investigations Unit at (760) 839-4717.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at Escondido_PD.