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Laguna cops may have nabbed two ‘baddest’ of the bad 

Police dispatchers received a call from a 12-year-old boy at 10:50 Monday night who was calling from the Treasure Island Beach parking lot. They were able to get his name as a police officer was dispatched to the location.

He was a runaway from a group home in Ventura County.

The boy ended the call before the officer arrived on scene. After checking the area, the officer asked a Montage Laguna Beach security officer if he had noticed the boy. He had and the boy had gotten into gray Audi. As they spoke, the Audi was seen as it began to drive out of the parking lot.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said, “The officer stopped the Audi in the lot and spoke to a female driver later identified as Liberty Rohkar, 39 of Simi Valley. There was also a man, Carlos Torres, 32, San Jose, and a 15-year-old girl in the backseat. Other officers arrived and it was soon learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen by Simi Valley Police on May 25.”

As officers questioned the four occupants, they learned that the girl was also a runaway from the same Ventura County group home.

The officers called detectives to the scene soon after beginning a search of the stolen Audi.

 Sgt. Kleiser said, “They found an unloaded .22 handgun in the trunk and pieces of stolen mail from several cities (none from Laguna residents). They also found 5.84 grams of methamphetamine, 113.26 grams of marijuana, and six glass meth pipes.”

Detectives arrived - their investigation revealed startling revelations

Sgt. Kleiser: “Liberty Rohkar is the mother of the 15-year-old girl and the detectives learned that the female juvenile had been sexually assaulted by the adult male and her mother prior to our officers arriving and detaining them. They also determined that the mother did not have legal custody of her daughter.

“Rohkar and Torres were both arrested for felony child abduction, felony cruelty to a child, felony sexual assault, felony vehicle theft, felony lewd acts with a child, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony transportation of a controlled substance, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanor immoral acts in front of a child, and felony conspiracy. 

“Additionally, both of the juveniles had warrants for being runaways and were later taken to a group home in Orange County. 

Rohkar and Torres were taken to county jail.

Sgt. Kleiser added one more comment: “I can tell you the officers and detectives spent several hours on this case.”

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