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Three arrested on charges of kidnapping, conspiracy, and assault in Fallbrook crime involving toddler

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Issue 21, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor

Sheriff's Dept. authorities have reported that three suspects were arrested late yesterday (Tues., May 20) following the kidnapping of a toddler in Fallbrook.

The incident began about 4 p.m. in the 200 block of E. Dougherty Street in Fallbrook.

According to Lt. Art Wager, a man who was later identified as Joseph Lawrence Smith, age 22, forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's residence on E. Dougherty Street armed with a baseball bat and kidnapped her 3-year-old child from the babysitter by force.

"Smith threw the baby over his shoulder and fled the residence to a vehicle waiting outside," said Wager. Inside the vehicle were two females, later identified as (driver) Brenna Pauline Roskop 21, and (passenger) Taylor Hood,20.

The babysitter attempted to stop Smith outside the residence, but Smith threw her to the ground, causing her to sustain minor injuries. She was treated and released from Fallbrook Hospital.

Wager said the vehicle fled the scene.

Sheriff's deputies quickly compiled information from the babysitter.

"Smith returned the baby to her mother, who was at work in 100 block of S. Main Advertisement
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Ave. in Fallbrook within 10 minutes of the kidnapping," said Wager. "The baby was uninjured."

"After Fallbrook detectives forwarded the suspect information to the San Diego Fugitive Task Force for assistance in

locating the suspects, Fugitive Task Force personnel tracked the suspects to a residence in the 200 block of Wonsan

Drive, Camp Pendleton in De Luz housing area," said Wager. "This was Taylor Hood's residence; she is related to an active duty marine. The marine was not present during the contact, and was not involved in the crime."

Wager said that task force personnel took Smith, Hood, and Roskop into custody with the assistance of NCIS and USMC Criminal Investigations Division without incident.

Wager said there is video footage of the incident that is now in law enforcement's possession.

It appears that the motive behind the incident may have been to hold the child until some personal property was returned to the suspect.

The investigation is continuing.

Wager said the three suspects were being booked into the Vista Jail on charges related to kidnapping, conspiracy,

burglary and assault.



Comment Profile ImageCJ
Comment #1 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:26 am
Another member of America's "Finest" strikes again!
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #2 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:28 am
VN Staff, I think there is a mix-up in one sentence.

VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES - Thanks for the note Reality Checker - we have now corrected that.
D. Ramsey
Comment Profile ImageWow
Comment #3 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Not the way to get your stuff back, by kidnapping a toddler, stupid people, did they really think this was going to work?
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #4 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Wow, nothing like destroying your life forever. I am assuming all those charges are a felony. I hope whatever the personal property is was worth the criminal record they now all have. I hope it was worth jail time, the fines, having to declare it on employment applications, compromising your right to vote. What a bunch of fools.
Comment Profile ImageGrunt
Comment #5 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm
CJ. The Marine (America's finest) had nothing to do with it.
Comment Profile ImageAngela
Comment #6 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm
CJ. Read the article again, Marine was not involved. You should be ashamed.
Comment Profile ImageJoyce
Comment #7 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:14 am
Angela. The article has been changed since it was first put up.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #8 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:45 am
Joe Smith should be ashamed - that's what happens when you don't think twice about your actions before you act!!
Comment Profile ImageMia
Comment #9 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Usually you are supposed to have permission before allowing anyone other than your immediate family to live with you on base housing. This may get other people in trouble.
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #10 | Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Rolling on the floor laughing.....the 2 chicks in the car only ages 20 and 21 had zero clue as to what kind of charges they were getting themselves into. Only to drop the child off 10 minutes later. Those are gnarly charges. Good luck on ever finding a job ladies.
Comment Profile ImageYoshi Shirindipity
Comment #11 | Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:12 am
It's terrible how much crime goes on these days.

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