Parolee Crashes Stolen Car, Stands Off Against Police While Barricaded in Elderly Couple’s North Sacramento County Home
A man from the Bay Area was recently arrested in north Sacramento County after allegedly crashing a stolen car, storming an occupied residence, and engaging in a stand-off with law enforcement, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
38-year-old James Joshua Jarrard of Contra Costa County was identified as the suspect in an incident on the evening of Sunday, October 16, which began with Citrus Heights police officers chasing a stolen vehicle allegedly driven by Jarrard.
At some point, Jarrard crashed the vehicle into a tree, abandoned it on foot while armed with a handgun, and fled into a nearby occupied residence on the 6000 block of Long Acres Court in Fair Oaks. As police surrounded the house, an elderly man came outside and told officers his wife was still inside.
A short time later however, the woman jumped from a second-story window after Jarrard reportedly forced his way into the room she was hiding in. She was taken to safety and treated for injuries from the fall at an area medical center, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office Critical Enforcement Detail and Incident Negotiations Team responded to the scene. After several hours of de-escalation efforts, Jarrard was taken into custody “with the assistance of a Sheriff’s K9 and a less lethal weapon deployment,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jarrard was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the ordeal and, once cleared, is set to be booked on a variety of charges including home invasion, fleeing an officer, and elder abuse.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Jarrard is a parolee at large with an extensive criminal history, including an arrest on suspicion of attempted murder in connection to a drive-by shooting in Contra Costa County in 2016.
Despite not being convicted for the attempted murder charge, he was ultimately convicted on charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and assault with a firearm, with enhancements, and sentenced to nine years in prison. He began serving his sentence on June 23, 2017, and was recently released on parole.