Car, foot pursuit, daylong air and ground
search leads to arrest of S. Paula man

April 03, 2015
Santa Paula News

A Santa Paula man that led sheriff deputies on a vehicle and foot pursuit and then was the subject of a daylong ground and air search Monday was arrested on various charges.

Jason Kohr, 34, of Santa Paula, was arrested March 30 at about 6 p.m. in the unincorporated area outside Simi Valley, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began shortly after 11:30 a.m. in Moorpark when VCSO detectives, investigating a series of vehicle burglaries, observed a person of interest and tried to stop the vehicle allegedly driven by Kohr.

The driver failed to pull over and led VCSO detectives on a pursuit into Simi Valley, where the vehicle stopped in the area of Madera Road and Bonita Street.

Kohr jumped out and fled on foot but his passenger, 25-year-old Leah Grider of Ventura, was arrested.

The search for Kohr included investigators, a helicopter and police dogs that combed an area of Simi Valley including near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. A hotel in the area was also surrounded but Kohr was not found. 

Later, at about 6 p.m. Kohr was spotted walking along Tierra Rejada Road just west of Simi Valley and arrested.

He was booked at Ventura County Main Jail in Ventura on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, felony evading and warrants. 

Kohr was arrested in Santa Paula in November, again after a police pursuit and in September following a brief standoff on View Drive where police had gone to arrest Kohr on suspicion of weapons violations and other charges. 

Bail for Kohr, a suspected white supremacist gang member or associate, was set at $165,000.

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