28-year-old Taryn Yankovitch is the girlfriend of 22-year-old Joseph Rowland – the driver of the stolen car.
A Deputy noticed a vehicle with suspicious looking license plates and a cracked window parked out front of 7-eleven Carpinteria. The Deputy attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, but the driver refused to stop. The driver went southbound on Highway 101 and exited Linden Avenue. Rowland and Yankovitch stopped at a residential area and fled on foot.
Rowland was arrested yesterday morning in Ventura and is in Santa Barbara County Jail. At about 8 AM Ventura Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 domestic dispute call. Upon arrival, they saw Rowland exiting the apartment and recognized him as one of the suspects. Officers apprehended Rowland and discovered he was not involved with the dispute, but staying with friends at the apartment.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives arrived in Ventura to take Rowland into custody. He is charged with vehicle theft, felony evading, resisting arrest, driving while suspended and possession of stolen property. His bail is set at $25,000.
The Sheriff’s Department is still looking for Yankovitch. She is wanted for the Carpinteria incident and also has a “no bail” warrant out for her arrest in Ventura County for failing to arrive at court. Anyone with information about her whereabouts can call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at (805) 684-5405 extension 424.