San Luis Obispo Police are searching for a pair of slippery suspects wanted on suspicion of burglary and auto theft, who twice gave them the slip, including eluding capture by a police dog.
At about 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, a patrolman tried to stop a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of Peach St., in SLO. The man and woman inside the car immediately fled on foot into the nearby residential neighborhood, according to a news release.
“A search by officers, including a K-9 unit from Cal Poly PD, was unsuccessful in locating either suspect,” police said. “Stolen property from an unreported residential burglary in Santa Margarita, along with drug paraphernalia, was located in the car. The car was reported stolen from Bakersfield on Jan. 8, 2018.” Police recovered the car and it was returned to the owner.
It wasn’t long before the suspects resurfaced not far away from the first incident.
“At about 4:30 p.m.,” police said, “two subjects matching the driver and passenger from the Peach traffic stop were seen in the area of the 800 block of Buchon where it is believed they entered a detached garage and stole bicycles, skateboards, and a backpack.”
Police had solid evidence this time. “Video from a nearby surveillance camera showed a male and female matching the general description of the suspects riding the victim’s bicycles in the area.”
A chance sighting the next morning gave police another chance to catch one of the suspects. “On Jan. 16, at about 9:55 a.m., the victim from the 800 block of Buchon was driving to the police station to provide additional information about the burglary, when he saw the male suspect riding a bicycle and carrying one of the stolen skateboards in the area of Osos and Mill.
“The victim confronted the suspect who dropped the skateboard and attempted to flee. Officers responded and chased the suspect on foot while additional officers set up a perimeter in the area of Chorro and Walnut. Again, a K-9 unit from Cal Poly PD responded but could not locate a scent to track.”
Then at about 12:30 p.m. on the 16th, a resident in the 800 block of Walnut — the same block where the police station is located — called and reported a residential burglary.
“From evidence collected at the scene, it is believed the suspect was the same male who ran from the police in both of the earlier cases. The suspect stole two laptop computers, jewelry, and a backpack.”
Police analyzed the evidence left in the previous scenes and believe they have identified their suspects. The man is believed to be Kenneth James Johnson, 33, described as a white male adult, 6-feet 2-inches tall, 180 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
The female suspect was identified as Jammie Nichol Fierros, 33, described as a white female adult, 5’5”, 156 lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes.
In addition to her suspected involvement in these crimes, Police said Fierros has a $45,000 outstanding warrant for fraud out of Kern County.
“We believe the suspects are still in the City of San Luis Obispo,” police said. “They are wanted for suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and residential burglary.”
If readers have any information or have seen either of these suspects, you are urged to call the SLOPD watch commander (805) 781-7317.