Ventura Police Arrest Suspect In Carjacking

Sunday December 1, 2019

     Updated--Ventura police say they've arrested a suspect in a carjacking.

    Sunday evening around 6:22 PM police received a 911 call from a man who said that he was being carjacked.

    He was sitting in his vehicle in the 500 block of Poli Street with the engine running when the suspect came up and started pounding on the passenger side window.

    The victim said he confronted the suspect who then aggresively approached the victim and threatened him.

    The suspect then got into the victim's vehicle and started to drive off when he realized the victim's dog was in the backseat.

    The suspect stopped the vehicle just as a Ventura PD K-9 officer arrived at the scene.

    When more officers arrived, they ordered the suspect out of the victim's vehicle but he physically resisted attempts to take him into custody.

    That's when the police K-9 was deployed and that helped officers take the suspect into custody.

    The suspect was taken to VCMC to be treated for his injuries.

    After being medically cleared, police say 28-year-old Michael Pacella was arrested for carjacking, resisting arrest, and driving under the influence.

     Police indicated they did not know where Pacella lives, but according to jail records he listed his occupation as Navy and was born in Michigan.

      Pacella posted bail Monday and was released from jail.

      He is due back in court December 19th.