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lasd_scvstation_pressrelease_badge[KHTS] – Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a Santa Clarita kidnapping suspect Thursday who had 12 previous convictions, according to court records.

Ethan Odom, 37, of Santa Clarita, was arrested at gunpoint for allegedly kidnapping a 3-year-old girl from her house on the 24200 block of Arch Street in Newhall.

“Deputies are on scene investigating a kidnapping where a male adult allegedly kidnapped a 3-year-old from a house,” said Deputy Josh Dubin with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Thursday night around 8:30 p.m. “The 3-year-old is unharmed and has been returned to the family. (Odom) is in custody.”

The alleged abduction, which took place on Arch Street, near the intersection of 5th and Race streets, was reported at 7 p.m.

Odom allegedly grabbed the 3-year-old girl by reaching through a bedroom window.

Odom then allegedly ran down the street holding the girl.

Family members chased the suspect and were able to regain custody of the girl, as deputies worked to set up a containment of the area.

Initial reports indicate Odom did not know the victim or the victim’s family.

Odom’s rap sheet dates back to 2001, according to online court records, starting with a petty theft conviction on Aug. 28, 2001. In June 2002, he has a theft-related conviction for a violation of penal code section 666.

In November 2003, Odom was convicted on a fraud charge, California Penal Code section 470(A).

In 2004, he was convicted on two counts of drug possession. In 2006, he was convicted on a public intoxication charge.

In 2007, he was convicted of another violation of section 666, a theft-related charge, and then in October 2007, there was another theft-related conviction for a violation of 484(a) in the California Penal Code.

In June 2008, he was convicted of driving under the influence. Four months later, Odom was convicted of driving with a license suspended due to a DUI conviction in October 2008.

In May 2011, Odom was convicted of receiving stolen property, 496(b).

In September 2013, he was convicted of a public intoxication charge 647(f).

On Nov. 3, 2014, prosecutors filed a 666(a) charge, which used to be a felony conviction with a mandatory state prison sentence. Prior to Proposition 47, a defendant would be charged with 666(a) if he or she had at least three prior petty theft convictions.

However, Proposition 47 eliminated the 666(a) charge and Odom was convicted of a misdemeanor petty theft charge [484(a)] on Nov. 24.

In that case, he was sentenced to a petty theft charge for stealing from Cafe 70s, and he was sentenced to 25 days in jail.

Odom is due in San Fernando court on Monday. He’s being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Deputies are asking if you have any additional information regarding this incident, or if you witnessed this incident to please call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station as soon as possible at 661-255-1121. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

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23 Comments

  1. Phil Lehman Phil Lehman says:

    Let’s see Odom’s picture

  2. That’s right, show his mug.

  3. 12 convictions, but yet he’s out committing more crime. Great system.

  4. James Parker James Parker says:

    He’ll be out soon

  5. Maribel says:

    I agree with Shelli, all those priors & is not locked up!! Now he does kidnapping hopefully now he stays locked up for good.

  6. if someone releases it, we’ll be happy to post it. (That is always the case. If we have it, you have it.)

  7. “Allegedly” (rolls eyes)

  8. How the heck is this guy on the street !! Really ??

  9. Myra Brewer Myra Brewer says:

    AB 109 people pay attention to the elections.

  10. Dorene Tapp Dorene Tapp says:

    Why was he not incarcerated?

  11. Result of prop 47… You get what you vote for…

  12. Thank you for not referring to him as a gentleman like the other news site did!

  13. Thank you for not referring to him as a gentleman like the other news site did!

  14. So lock the effer up already !!!!

  15. So lock the effer up already !!!!

  16. There you go. Decrease crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. See how that helps society? You get what you vote for people, prop 47!

  17. There you go. Decrease crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. See how that helps society? You get what you vote for people, prop 47!

  18. MacroView says:

    So much for Three Strikes.

    And yes, you low-information voters who supported Prop 47… the chickens will soon be coming home to roost– at YOUR house.

  19. logan wilson says:

    Ethan was known as the guy to talk around santa clarita walking like a gangster lol! Have fun in jail

  20. Jeanne says:

    The story above does not make it clear how many times he did go to jail. Looks like several times for petty theft, fraud, and DUI.
    None of these would get a life sentence before the change in law or after.

    Kidnapping a child is something way different than his previous rap sheet shows. Did he do it for someone else for money?

    The answer is not to lock up all persons convicted of petty crime. It costs too much of my tax dollars. There is no way to make society crime free unless you want to chop off hands or heads like some countries do.

    Now he will be looking at serious prison time.

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