'Dangerous' Man Arrested for Domestic Violence Escaped From Custody

Juan Carlos Valencia, 27, is wanted for felony domestic violence assault, violation of a restraining order, and escape from custody.


Police are on the hunt for a Redwood City man wanted for felony domestic violence assault, violation of a restraining order and escape from custody.

On Thursday, a 9-1-1 call was made by a citizen on the 2700 block of Devonshire Avenue in unincorporated San Mateo County to report a domestic violence assault that was in progress.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to find Juan Carlos Valencia, 27, and a woman — later determined to be the victim — on the sidewalk in the area. After interviewing several parties, Valencia was arrested for assaulting and injuring his girlfriend. Valencia was handcuffed and placed into the back seat of a patrol car.

However, as deputies were completing their investigation, Valencia was able to flee from the vehicle. Exactly how he was able to do so is still under investigation, according to Rebecca Rosenblatt of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Deputies pursued Valencia on foot and set up a perimeter. Still, he was able to evade capture. The area was searched for several hours but Valencia was not located.

Valencia may be driving a silver 1991 Acura Legend 4dr California Lic#2YGP965.

Valencia has made comments to family members that he will not go back to jail so he is considered dangerous, according to San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Any person who may have information regarding the whereabouts of Valencia should call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you have additional information about the assault or escape that occurred last night, please call Det. Bridget Hensley at 650-363-4051 or via e-mail bhensley@smcgov.org. Anonymous calls can be made to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 800-547-2700.


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