Serial burglar flees SLO police twice and gets away

Kenneth James Johnson

Amid an alleged theft and burglary spree in which bicycles, skateboards, backpacks and computers disappeared, a 33-year-old man twice fled San Luis Obispo police officers by foot and twice managed to evade capture. A 33-year-old woman who is wanted in a Kern County fraud case also managed to run away from officers during the initial foot chase.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, a San Luis Obispo officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of Peach Street. The driver, later identified as Kenneth James Johnson, and the passenger, later identified as Jammie Nichol Fierros, immediately fled by foot into a residential neighborhood.

With help from a Cal Poly University Police Department K-9 unit, officers searched the area, but did not locate either suspect.

Police found drug paraphernalia and stolen property from an unreported residential burglary in Santa Margarita inside the suspects’ abandoned vehicle, which had been stolen several days earlier from Bakersfield, according to a SLOPD press release.

About 30 minutes after the attempted traffic stop, a man and a woman matching the descriptions of the suspects were spotted entering a detached garage on the 800 block of Buchon Street. The couple stole bicycles, skateboards and a backpack. Video footage from a nearby surveillance camera showed a man and woman riding the stolen bicycles in the area, according to SLOPD.

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the resident whose garage was burglarized was driving to the police station to provide information about the burglary when he spotted Johnson riding a bicycle and carrying one of the stolen skateboards in the area of Osos and Mill streets.

The victim confronted Johnson, who dropped the skateboard and fled by foot. Officers arrived and engaged in a foot pursuit. But Johnson got away.

Officers then set up a perimeter in the area of Chorro and Walnut streets. Again, San Luis Obispo officers received help from a university police K-9. But the police dog failed to locate a scent to track, and officers again failed to capture Johnson.

Approximately two and a half hours after the second foot chase, a resident in the 800 block of Walnut Street called police and reported a residential burglary. This time, a backpack, jewelry and computers were stolen from the home.

Jammie Nichol Fierros

Investigators gather evidence at the scene and determined it was probably Johnson who committed the burglary. Officers identified Johnson as the prime suspect after analyzing evidence collected at multiple scenes. Investigators then identified Fierros as the woman who fled with Johnson on Monday.

Fierros has a $45,000 outstanding warrant for a fraud case in Kern County.

Police say they believe both suspects are still in the city of SLO. Johnson is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes, while Fierros is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 156 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Officers are seeking both suspects on charges of theft, possession of stolen property and residential burglary. Anyone who has seen the suspects or has information about them is urged to call the police department.