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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:  August 7, 2014         4:32 p.m.


INCIDENT:     Kidnapping

LOCATION: Valero Gas Station, Joshua Tree 


VICTIM:    Kayla Smith, 22 year old female


SUSPECT:    Galo Zurita, 35 year old male, Resident of Bellflower


On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:32 p.m. suspect Galo Zurita, located victim Kayla Smith, who is his ex-girlfriend, at the Valero gas station in Joshua Tree. The suspect contacted the victim and forced her into his vehicle. The suspect then drove the victim several miles west of the location on Highway 62. The victim managed to get free from the suspect and another motorist took her to safety. The suspect fled the area and was not able to be located that night. The victim was unharmed. 

On Thursday, August 7, 2014, detectives from the Morongo Basin Station received information regarding a location the suspect might be in the City of Bellflower. Detectives responded to Bellflower along with personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Specialized Enforcement Division. The suspect’s vehicle was located at an apartment complex in the 16000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue. A short time later the suspect was observed walking out of the apartment complex and taken into custody without incident. The suspect was booked for PC 207-Kidnapping at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Corey Emon at (760)366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at 

Refer: Detective Corey Emon 

Station: Morongo Basin 

Phone No. (760)366-4175

Case No. 091401032

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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