Arrest of PTDF bomb threat suspect

During the evening hours of Wednesday, March 26th, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility (PTDF) public reception desk received multiple phone calls from a female caller demanding to speak to her boyfriend, who was in custody. The female caller, who was later identified as Krystal Lovas, stated during two separate phone calls that she had individuals outside the PTDF facility ready to blow up the building if her demands were not met.

In response to the threats, the entire jail facility was placed on lockdown and numerous deputies responded to search the perimeter for suspicious devices and/or persons. Multiple patrol resources were also tasked with checking locations related to Lovas.

The PTDF Classification Unit, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, investigated the incident. Lovas was located and taken into custody at a residence in the 4300 block of Terrace Avenue in the city of Oxnard several hours after the threats.

Lovas was arrested and booked on one felony count of P.C. 148.1(a)- False report of a bomb. Her bail was set at $40,000.

At the time of this incident, there were close to 1,000 individuals, both staff and inmates, located inside the PTDF. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office takes any threats towards the safety and well-being of jail staff and inmates seriously. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to investigating each incident and bringing those responsible to justice.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of PTDF bomb threat suspect
Report Number: 14-6829
Location: Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility
Date & Time: 03-26-14 / 2115 hrs.
Unit(s) Responsible: VCSO PTDF Classification Unit / Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Krystal Lovas Moorpark 31
Prepared by:
Sgt. Ron Chips
Media Release Date: 04-08-14
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).