Man Turns Self in After Simi Valley Police Wrongly Said He Fled Court

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A man accused of assaulting an off-duty firefighter who was reported by Simi Valley police as having fled a court hearing has turned himself in, authorities said Friday.

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Devin Lamar Kelley is shown in a photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Police had said that Devin Lamar Kelley, 26, was facing a court hearing at the Ventura County Courthouse when he fled on Thursday. A judge had issued a warrant for his arrest, and police asked for the public’s help finding Kelley.

Kelley turned himself in to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said Friday morning.

He had not escaped or fled court but had left the courthouse early without realizing his name would be called later, according to Capt. Don Aguilar of the Sheriff’s Office.

“This was not an escape by an inmate or arrestee. Rather, it was a case of someone scheduled to appear in court for a hearing, and he failed to do so,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Friday afternoon.

Kelley was in custody Friday on $140,000 bail. At the time of Thursday’s hearing, he has been bailed out and was not in custody, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

Kelley had been a local football star and had received numerous medal during service in the U.S. Army, the Ventura County Star reported.

He allegedly assaulted a county firefighter during an Oct. 26 fight at a party in Simi Valley, according to the Star.

Kelley was also accused of chasing two good people from the scene as they attempted to help the victim, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a news release after his arrest.