Ventura County fugitive captured after nearly two years on the run

A fugitive who had been on the run from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for nearly two years was arrested Thursday after allegedly ramming police vehicles with a truck, authorities said.

George Rand Akrey, 38, of Woodland Hills, was released from custody in February 2022 pending final sentencing on 21 counts of grand theft, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. After Akrey failed to appear for a court date in April 2022, several arrest warrants were issued for him.

Sheriff’s officials said they nearly arrested him in May 2022 near Lancaster, but as authorities approached, Akrey “used a large truck to ram a detective vehicle, causing serious injury to the detective and evading capture.”

Akrey allegedly used several false and stolen identities and changed his appearance several times over the following months to avoid detection.

Investigators located Akrey on Thursday in Woodland Hills and attempted to arrest him.

Once again, they allege, Akrey rammed police vehicles with his truck. He was eventually taken into custody.

Akrey was booked into the Ventura County Jail for his outstanding warrants, as well as suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He is being held without bail and will be arraigned Monday.

During their investigation, sheriff’s officials discovered that Kierstyn Robinson, 30, whom they described as Akrey’s girlfriend, was “actively hiding” him from authorities, they said.

Robinson was arrested without incident Thursday in Simi Valley. She was booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of harboring, concealing or aiding a fugitive. She is being held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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