Sex Registrant Arrested Following SWAT Standoff

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10/17/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Lt. Chris Wynn, Media Relations, (760) 839-4444

On October 17, 2012, at approximately 9:20 AM, the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received a call from members of the SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement)Task Force regarding a subject who may be wanted for failing to update his sex registrant status.  Members of SAFE believed that Miguel Angel Juarez was inside of a residence in the 500 Block of South Spruce Street in Escondido.  Shortly afterwards, the members of SAFE observed a male subject enter the residence holding what they believed was an assault rifle.

Officers from the police department responded and surrounded the residence.  Attempts were made to contact the occupants inside of the residence.  After a short period of time, two people came out of the house, onto the porch, and were given directions by officers.  One of the subjects attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended quickly by officers.  That subject was later identified as David Betancort.  It was later determined that Betancort was the subject with the rifle.  The second subject was detained without incident.

Information obtained from the people detained led police to believe that two other subjects were still inside of the house.  Neither subject was responding to police attempts to make contact.  Based on the circumstances of a possible rifle being involved, the Escondido Police Department SWAT was mobilized and responded to the scene.

At about 1:30 PM, messages were broadcast via loudspeaker to the occupants of the house to come outside.  One of the people inside complied and was taken into custody without incident.  The second subject did not respond to request for his surrender.  SWAT deployed light/sound diversionary devices outside of the residence and the subject exited and was taken into custody without incident.

The following people were arrested as a result of this incident:

1)      Miguel Angel Juarez/Saravia, 37 years old, of Escondido.  He was charged with two misdemeanor warrants and PC 290.018(b), Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

2)      Christopher David Sarenana, 24 years old, of Escondido.  He was charged with a Probation Violation.

3)      David Mata Betancort, 19 years old, of Escondido.  He was charged with PC 166(a)(9), Violation of a Court Order, Gang Injunction.  Betancort was the subject seen with the rifle.  The gun was later determined to be an air soft rifle.

All of the above listed subjects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.  Several hours later, a search warrant was served at the residence.  Officers found one handgun that was disassembled and missing several important pieces and several air soft guns.  Additionally, officers located a small quantity of methamphetamine.

Miguel Juarez/Saravia was determined to be out of compliance in regards to his registration when the Escondido Police Department conducted PC 290 house checks on September 29, 2012.  Since that time, the SAFE Task Force has been checking possible locations for his whereabouts.