San Diego County sheriff's deputy arrested in stalking case

Posted at 5:58 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 21:42:38-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) -- A San Diego County sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly threatening a woman's life.

A review of court documents obtained by 10News reporter Jennifer Delacruz say deputy Elias Ventura stalked the woman for more than three months.

Carlsbad police arrested Ventura, 32, at the courthouse April 19 while he was off-duty.

The court documents show from December 26, 2016, through March 31, 2017, Ventura would "repeatedly follow and harass the victim."

"A credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family," the documents said.

Ventura was booked into jail on one count of stalking.  He was released after posting a $100,000 bail.

Documents also show that Ventura provided a DNA sample for testing.

A restraining order has been filed against Ventura keeping him from making any contact with his victim for at three years.

He was also forced to surrender his gun.

The sheriff's department tells 10News that Ventura was placed on administrative duty and an internal investigation is ongoing.

Ventura pleaded not guilty to one count of stalking. He's due back in court on May 30.

Stay with 10News for more on this developing story.