JiuJitsu studio owner recreates heroic act

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 20:47:45-04

Dan Camarillo started taking JiuJitsu, a form of martial arts since the age of four.

"I've done training my whole life and I just think if nobody's going to do anything, I'd better do something," said Camarillo.

He's the owner of Camarillo JiuJitsu in downtown Bakersfield. But today,he woke up a hero.

"The publicity thing is kind of crazy. I didn't expect Facebook is going nuts and it's kind of neat," admitted Camarillo.

Overnight, Camarillo made national headlines for single-handedly stopping a high speed suspect on a foot chase.

"I opened the door so I could get a clear view and I stood with the door open and I see this individual, he's running across," Camarillo explained.

The chase started west of Mojave around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. California Highway Patrol officers began pursuing suspect, Joel Espinoza, for driving over 100 mph confirmed Mojave CHP. 

Once in Lamont, CHP stopped the pursuit. Espinoza then resurfaced in downtown Bakersfield where he crashed into another vehicle.

"I heard a loud crash and I look out my windows and I saw vehicle headlines flying everywhere and I was like man, it's gotta be huge," Camarillo said. 

Once Camarillo spotted Espinoza fleeing on foot and saw he wasn't armed with weapons, he decided to do something.

He chased Espinoza on foot, threw off his flip flops, dropped his phone and keys.

The chase started on Q and 19th Streets and ended toward the end of the block on O and 19th Streets.

"He put his hand on the wall, he was super tired...I put him in a hold just in case he got his energy back and tried to run," said Camarillo.

Camarillo held Espinoza in a hold until police arrived. 

Joel Espinoza, of Tulare County, has been booked on multiple charges, including three felonies. His bail is posted at $57, 600. 


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