UCPD Suspicions Lead to Arrest of Alleged Kidnapper

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UC Police Department actions were critical to the resolution of the 18-year kidnapping case of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the arrest of husband and wife Phillip and Nancy Garrido, UCPD Captain Margo Bennett said in a press conference today.

Together, the Garridos have been charged with a total of 29 federal offenses, including multiple counts of forcible rape and forcible lewd acts on a child. If convicted, they both face multiple life sentences.

The Garridos allegedly kidnapped Dugard in 1991 and held her in a backyard encampment for 18 years. Dugard allegedly bore Phillip Garrido's two children, aged 11 and 15.

The actions of an alert UC Berkeley employee helped Dugard to be reunited with her family.

On Aug. 24, Phillip Garrido sought out Lisa Campbell, special event manager for UCPD, for permission to hold an event on campus to popularize his religious views. He identified the two girls with him as his daughters.

According to Campbell, she felt uneasy after her initial interaction with the girls and made an appointment with Phillip Garrido for Aug. 25 and contacted UCPD Officer Allison Jacobs for support.

"At that point, I wanted to get a better look at [the girls], to have a better assessment of what was happening to them," Campbell said. "There were some things about the kids that were alarming."

Before their scheduled meeting the next day, Jacobs said she ran a routine name check on Phillip Garrido, who was on parole for rape and kidnapping and is a registered sex offender.

"My red flag went up," she said. "This could be a little bit more than we bargained for."

The girls' behavior the next day, which seemed "robotic" and lacked energy, and their skin tone, which was "almost gray," Jacobs said, combined with Phillip Garrido's fanaticism, further alerted the officers.

"I'm a mother, I have two young sons, so this is when my police mode turned into a mother's mode," she said. "There's the police's intuition and mother's intuition that made me ask what's going on with them, what can I do to help them."

Though she was unable to claim wrongdoing or make an arrest at that time, Jacobs contacted Phillip Garrido's parole officer.

However, Phillip Garrido's parole officer said he had seen no children on previous visits to the Garrido residence.

"He stops me when I said he brought in his two daughters, and he says, 'he doesn't have two daughters,'" Jacobs said.

At a meeting with his parole officer Aug. 26, Garrido brought along his wife and two daughters, as well as a 29-year-old woman later identified as Dugard.

Both Garridos were later arrested for Dugard's kidnapping. They are being held in El Dorado County Jail. Dugard has since been reunited with her family, and Bennett thanked Jacobs and Campbell for making the reunion possible.

"Their willingness to do what was needed set off a chain of events that will undoubtedly change the lives of the three people involved, and we're very proud of them," Bennett said.


Contact Sarah Springfield at [email protected]

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