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Tear gas fired after sex assault suspect is barricaded in home

January 29, 2013 |  7:33 pm

Deputies on Monday searching for suspec in Malibu
A parolee who escaped from a deputy after allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting his girlfriend was taken into custody Tuesday evening after a SWAT team fired tear gas into a Maywood home. 

The man had been barricaded at East 60th Street near Atlantic Boulevard since about 12:30 Tuesday before he was apprehended by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department SWAT team shortly before 6 p.m., according to authorities.

The suspect was identified by authorities as Jaci Armando Barragan, 32.

"He's a dangerous guy," department spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times. 

He said Barragan escaped from a deputy on Monday while he was being arrested in Malibu after he was discovered inside a car that had been reported stolen.

The deputy was knocked down as Barragan allegedly fled with one handcuff on his wrist. The deputy was treated for a hand injury.

Deputies searched the Malibu area for hours Monday but were unable to find the suspect. It was unclear how authorities tracked Barragan to Maywood. 

Barragan's girlfriend had filed more than a dozen crime reports against him in South Gate, according to Whitmore.

"The good news is this guy is no longer a threat to anyone," Whitmore said.


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Photo: A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy checks vehicles on Monday in the Malibu area. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times