Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Synopsis: The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit completed an investigation of Gabriel Flores selling heroin in the City of Ventura. Flores was arrested and a search warrant was served at his residence on Cameron Court, in the City of Ventura.

Investigation: During the latter part of 2014 and early 2015, detectives from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit learned of the use and sales of heroin and Xanax in the City of Ventura, among teenagers and young adults. Detectives learned of several probable heroin overdose deaths in the city as well.

Detectives from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into Gabriel Flores when they learned he was selling heroin in the City of Ventura. The investigation revealed that Flores sold heroin within 50 feet of De Anza Middle School, located in Ventura, on multiple occasions. The drug sales did not occur on the school property. Flores sold the drugs while school was in session, however. None of the buyers had any connection to the school.

On March 13, 2015, detectives from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the West County Sheriff’s Narcotics Street Team conducted surveillance on Flores’ residence located in the 100 block of Cameron Court, Ventura. Flores residence was within one block of De Anza Middle School.

During the surveillance, detectives observed Flores leave his residence pushing a stroller with his three month old baby seated inside. Detectives then observed Flores conduct a hand to hand heroin deal with Steven Merrill of Ventura. Flores and Merrill were arrested and taken into custody without incident. Flores’ three month old baby was released to Ventura County Child Protective Services. A search warrant was served at Flores residence. Heroin packaged for sale, used syringes, as well as a syringe loaded with suspected heroin was seized. All of these items were found in a location easily accessible by the five and six year old children also residing in the apartment. The five and six year old children were also released to Ventura County Child Protective services.

Merrill was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of possession of heroin. He was booked into Ventura County Jail with a $15,000 bail. His court date is pending.

Flores was arrested and booked for sales of heroin with an enhancement of dealing near a school, possession of heroin for sale, and child endangerment. Flores is in custody in the Ventura County Jail with a $500,000.00 bail. His court date is pending.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. Their primary mission is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Anyone with information regarding these topics is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at pharm.tip@ventura.org.

Nature of Incident: Man with Baby Arrested Selling Heroin near De Anza Middle School
Report Number: 15-4588
Location: 100 block of Cameron Court, City of Ventura
Date & Time: March 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
Prepared by: Detective Robert Davidson
News Release Date: March 18, 2014
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Robert Davidson
(805) 383-8700
Approved by: Captain Mark Franke

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On March 21, 2015 at about 6:04 PM, deputies from the Moorpark Police Department responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on Tierra Rejada Road east of Walnut Creek Road. During the investigation, deputies discovered a Toyota Prius had been traveling westbound on Tierra Rejada Road and for an unknown reason left the roadway colliding with a tree in the center median. As a result of the collision, the driver sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene.

At the same time, a second vehicle traveling east on Tierra Rejada Road in the vicinity of the collision suffered moderate damage as a result of debris being ejected from the Toyota Prius after hitting the tree. The driver of the second vehicle had complaint of pain and suffered from broken glass striking her in the face and head. She was treated at the scene by the Ventura County Fire Department and American Medical Rescue (AMR) and released.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision at this time. The cause of this collision is still under investigation. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office will be releasing the decedant’s information after the appropiate notifications. Eastbound and westbound lanes near the collision scene were closed for approximately 5 hours as traffic investigators from both Moorpark and Thousand Oaks Police Departments collected evidence. Anyone who was in the area or may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Deputy David Anaya at the Moorpark Police Station.

Nature of Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision
Report Number: 15-6409
Location: Tierra Rejada Road and Walnut Creek Road, Moorpark, Ca. 93021
Date & Time: 03/21/2015 @ 6:04 PM
Unit(s) Responsible:
Moorpark Police Department Traffic Bureau, Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau / Ventura Count Fire Department / AMR

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(D) Male adult Moorpark 18
(P) Mc Namara, Keiko Moorpark 22
Prepared by: David Anaya, Deputy
News Release Date: 03/22/2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Deputy David Anaya Cellular 805-947-8219
or Office 532-2700 x 505, david.anaya@ventura.org
Approved by: Stephen Wade, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 
Yajayra Dominguez
Yajayra Dominguez

Today the sentencing of Yajayra Dominguez was conducted in the murder of Ashley Calanche that occurred on Sept. 27, 2013 at Mill Park in the City of Santa Paula. Dominguez was found guilty of second degree murder on January 23, 2015.

Yajayra Dominguez was sentenced to 40 years to life as a result of being found guilty of second degree murder. This means that Dominguez will not be eligible her first parole hearing until September of 2053 or when Dominguez will be 71 years old. The Santa Paula Police Department would like to thank the Ventura County District Attorney prosecutors and investigators for their assistance in this case.

On Sept. 27, 2013 at approximately 1253 hours at Mill Park Dominguez and Calanche became involved in an argument that stemmed over texting on Facebook. The argument escalated into a fight where Dominguez produced a derringer and fired one shot into the top of Calanche's head killing her instantly.

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On March 03, 2015, Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Bureau arrested Andrew Parkin for distribution of private intimate photos also known as “Revenge Porn.” Parkin had made a fake Craigslist ad which included naked photos of his ex-girlfriend when she was 15 years old. Investigators became aware of the incident and were assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Parkin was later identified as the person who wrote the ad. Parkin was contacted and arrested for a misdemeanor section of distribution of private intimate photos. Parkin will be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on April 2, 2015.

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 255 into law in California on October 1, 2013. This new law makes revenge porn a misdemeanor under California’s disorderly conduct statute. The punishment is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine with additional fines for repeat violations. In January of 2015, SB 1255 was enacted which expanded the “Revenge Porn” law to include photos taken by the victim also known as “Selfies.”

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting victim(s) of Internet crimes. In today’s world of social media it is easy to become a victim of such crimes. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reminds parents to educate their children of the dangers and consequences of posting and sharing personal and private information with others.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of “Revenge Porn” Suspect
Report Number: 14-11332
Location: Ventura, California
Date & Time: 03/05/2015 / 1130 Hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
Prepared by:
Detective Randy Skaggs / Major Crimes Bureau

News Release Date: 03/09/2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Ryan Clark / Major Crimes Bureau
(805) 384-4721
Ryan.clark@ventura.org

Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith / Major Crimes Bureau.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Kamala Harris today announced that Valley Springs Manor owner Herminigilda Noveda Manuel and administrator Edgar Babael were charged on fourteen felony counts of elder abuse for abandoning the residents of their facility.

Manuel and Babael operated Valley Springs Manor, a residential care facility for the elderly that was ordered closed in October 2013 after the Department of Social Services found multiple licensing violations. After the closure, paramedics arrived at the facility and found fourteen residents had been abandoned by the operators with no personnel to tend to their activities of daily living and medical needs. Both defendants are charged with fourteen felony counts and could face up to 17 years in state prison and a fine of up to $6,000 per count.

This case arose from a joint investigation by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Since taking office in 2011, Attorney General Harris has created specialized BMFEA teams in Sacramento and Los Angeles composed of legal and nursing professionals to combat abuse, neglect and poor quality of care in California’s nursing homes.

A copy of the complaint submitted to the court is attached to the online version of this release at www.oag.ca.gov/news.

 
Rodrigo Cruz, Oxnard, 32
Rodrigo Cruz, Oxnard, 32

On March 8, 2015, Headquarters patrol deputies responded to an audible alarm at the Red Wing Shoe Store. The deputies arrived within minutes of being dispatched and found a smashed window and Rodrigo Cruz inside. Evidence indicated Cruz had removed some merchandise from the store and had gone back inside to retrieve more. Cruz was arrested without incident.

A representative of Red Wing Shoes responded and determined Cruz removed over $3,500.00 in merchandise from the store. The crime scene was processed and the merchandise returned to the business.

Rodrigo Cruz was booked for commercial burglary at the Ventura County Main Jail. His bail was set at $20,000.00. Cruz will be arraigned on March 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM.

Nature of Incident: Deputies Make Arrest During In-progress Commercial Burglary
Report Number: 15-5345
Location: 4700 Block of Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard
Date & Time: 3/8/2015 @ 10:45 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Headquarters Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Cruz, Rodrigo Oxnard 32
Prepared by: Brian Richmond, Sergeant
News Release Date: 3/9/2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jon Smith, (805) 662-6770
Approved by: Patti Salas, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On March 5, 2015, at approximately 6:45 PM the Thousand Oaks Police Directed Enforcement Team was conducting proactive foot patrol on Warwick Avenue when the Ventura County Sheriff’s Communications Center broadcast a call of a robbery that had just occurred in the 800 Block of Warwick Ave. The Directed Enforcement Team responded and handled the initial investigation. The suspects, two juvenile males had fled the scene prior to the Directed Enforcement Team’s arrival. The investigation revealed the two juvenile suspects, both of whom are documented gang members in the City of Thousand Oaks, confronted the victim and demanded money from the victim. When the victim stated he had no money to give, the suspects began punching the victim in the face and body. While the victim was being beaten his baseball cap fell to the ground. One of the juvenile suspects picked up the victim’s baseball cap and both suspects then fled the area. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face

On March 6, 2015, the Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit continued the investigation of the robbery. The Special Enforcement Unit conducted additional interviews and eventually located the two suspects walking together on Warwick Avenue. Both suspects were arrested for 211 PC – Strong Armed Robbery, and 186.22 PC – Street Terrorism / Gang Step Act. The investigation also revealed that one of the juvenile suspects threatened the victim with additional violence if the victim called the police. The juvenile that made this threat was also arrested for 136.1 PC – Witness / Victim intimidation. Both juveniles were lodged into the Juvenile Justice Facility.

Nature of Incident: Gang Related Robbery Arrests
Report Number: RB# 15-5097
Location: 800 Block of Warwick Ave. Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Date & Time: 03/05/2015 @ 6:45 PM,
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit and Directed Enforcement Unit.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Erik Ancelmo Thousand Oaks 25
(S) Male Juvenile Thousand Oaks 17
(S) Male Juvenile Thousand Oaks 16
Prepared by: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: March 6, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sr. Deputy Dillan Alvarez, 805-797-7142 (Cell)
Dillan.alvarez@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that three former Gold Coast Transit employees have pled guilty to unlawfully taking cash from bus fare boxes.

Antonio Maldonado Chavez (DOB 3/29/1963), of Ventura, pled guilty to two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds. Jorge Garibay Alvarado (DOB 1/4/1977), of Oxnard, pled guilty to one felony count of misappropriation of public funds. As bus maintenance workers, their job duties included transferring cash from the buses to the cash depository. Maldonado Chavez’s misappropriation totaled in excess of $6,000, and Garibay Alvarado’s misappropriation totaled in excess of $2,800. Maldonado Chavez’s and Garibay Alvarado’s sentencings are scheduled for April 6, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 12.

On February 10, 2015, former Gold Coast Transit mechanic Anthony David Cribbs (DOB 10/24/1970), of Camarillo, pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of petty theft, and was placed on 36 months probation including 5 days work release. Former mechanic Jonathan Trujillo (DOB 10/20/1969), of Oxnard, is charged with five counts of petty theft; he has continued his arraignment to March 25, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 11.

Gold Coast Transit is a publicly-funded joint powers agency providing bus service in western Ventura County. The agency discovered the conduct in March 2014 and promptly notified the District Attorney’s Office. The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Office with the assistance of Gold Coast Transit.

 

VENTURA, California - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that a jury has convicted Miguel Martinez (DOB: 12/15/92), of Oxnard, of first-degree murder and accessory after the fact.

The charges arose from Martinez’s conduct on February 17, 2010, and February 19, 2010. On February 17, 2010, Martinez drove Jose Ochoa away from the Tokyo Spa in Oxnard knowing Ochoa had just committed a robbery. On February 19, 2010, Martinez drove Jose Ochoa and Gabriel Lopez to the A-1 Spa in Oxnard to commit a robbery. Ochoa and Lopez entered the business while Martinez waited in the vehicle. During the attempted commission of the robbery, Ochoa struggled with the business owner, Sun Cha Kays. Ochoa shot and killed Kays.

Sentencing for Martinez is scheduled March 30, 2015, in courtroom 44 at 8:30 a.m. of the Ventura Superior Court, County of Ventura. Martinez faces a maximum sentence of 28 years to life in prison.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On February 21, 2015, Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives assisted by probation officers, conducted compliance checks at the residences of registered sex offenders in the city and county areas of Camarillo. The compliance checks were part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant.

Forty-four (44) of the sixty-three (63) sex offenders were located and found to be in compliance with their registration requirements. Sixteen (16) of the registrants were not contacted because they were not home. Three registrants appeared to no longer reside at the registered residence, requiring additional investigation. Sheriff’s detectives will follow-up to determine if the registrants are out-of-compliance.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting similar sweeps on an ongoing basis, to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residences and in compliance with any probation or parole terms.

Residents of Ventura County can visit the Megan’s Law website (www.meganslaw.ca.gov) to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their community.

Nature of Incident: Sex Registrant Compliance Sweep
Report Number: N/A
Location: City of Camarillo
Unincorporated areas of Camarillo
Date & Time: February 21, 2015.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
Prepared by: Sergeant Ryan Clark
Media Release Date: February 24, 2015
Follow-Up Contact: Investigator Jim Botting / 805-384-4743
Jim.botting@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On February 17, 2015, Ventura County Sheriff’s Inmate Anthony Baty walked up to another inmate who was asleep on his bed and slashed him with a jail made “shank” (knife) across his face just missing his neck area. Medical staff and jail personnel responded and treated the victim for his injury. The victim was transported and received further treatment at the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC).

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau and Jail Classification Unit was conducted. It appeared Baty and the victim had a verbal argument the day prior which prompted Inmate Baty to attack the victim.

The victim sustained an approximate 6” laceration to the right side of his lower face. The victim was treated for his injury and returned to the Ventura County Jail.

Baty was subsequently arrested for 664/187 PC (attempted murder) and 4502(b) PC (manufacture a weapon in a custody facility).

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Sheriff’s Inmate Slashes The Face Of Another Inmate
Report Number: 15-3713
Location: Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre Trial Detention Facility
Date & Time: February 17, 2015 / 0830 Hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff's Detention Services Division & Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, City of Residence
(V) Male Victim Oxnard
(S) Anthony Aaron Baty Ventura
Prepared by: Sgt. Anthony Aguirre
News Release Date: February 23, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Anthony Aguirre / 805 384-4730
anthony.aguirre@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2014 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) statistics for Part I Crimes in all Sheriff’s jurisdictions. Overall, Part I Crimes were down 10%. Reported Violent Crime was up 1% and Property Crime was down 11%.

Specifically, the cities of Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, and Ojai saw an increase in burglaries, mainly commercial type. Additionally, the city of Ojai saw an increase in grand thefts, which included thefts from vehicles and buildings. The city of Fillmore had an increase in “Aggravated Assault” with the use of a firearm. One of these reported assaults was a shooting at a group of 11 people who were classified as victims. A single shot was fired at the group and none of the victims were injured.

While reviewing the information, you will notice an increase in the category of “Rape.” In January of 2014, the definition changed and the UCR Program started collecting uniform information from law enforcement agencies with the new definition of “Rape” which broadened the scope of the previously narrow definition. For more information about this change, visit http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/new-rape-fact-sheet.

This new definition will redistribute currently captured crime information from the category Part II “Sex Offenses” to the category Part I “Rape.” As predicted by the FBI Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, there will be a more accurate accounting of rape crimes alone with a noticeable increase in the category this year.”

The full report can be viewed at: http://goo.gl/bC7Uf5.

Part of our success as a law enforcement agency is due to our partnerships with the communities we serve. We encourage people to actively report suspicious and/or criminal actively immediately by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency reports can be made through our Sheriff’s Communication Center by calling (805) 654-9511.

For questions on specific patrol area crime statistics please contact:

Camarillo Police Department
Commander Monica McGrath: 388-5102

Fillmore Police Department
Captain Dave Wareham: 524-2233

Moorpark Police Department
Captain Steve Wade: 532-2705

Ojai Police Department
Captain Dave Kenney: 646-1418

Thousand Oaks Police Department
Commander Tim Hagel: 494-8265

Nature of Incident: Sheriff Releases 2014 Crime Statistics
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Crime Analysis Unit
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
News Release Date: February 23, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Assistant Sheriff Steve DeCesari

 

On February 20, 2015, members of the Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU) of the California Division of Investigation (formerly known as the Medical Board of California) and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) arrested Dr. Randolph Nordyke for multiple Health and Safety Code and Penal Code violations at his home in San Diego, California.

The HQIU and PCU concluded an investigation into Podiatrist Randolph Nordyke on February 20, 2015, with his arrest and service of a search warrant at his home. Investigators recently learned Dr. Nordyke, who was reportedly retired from his Ventura practice, was doctor shopping, and falsifying prescriptions, in order to feed his own oxycodone addiction. Dr. Nordyke, on multiple occasions, wrote prescriptions in one of his former Ventura County patient’s name for large amounts of oxycodone. Dr. Nordyke then went to Ventura and San Diego area pharmacies and picked up the prescriptions posing as the husband of the patient. Dr. Nordyke was also visiting multiple doctors in the Ventura County area to obtain oxycodone prescriptions.

Dr. Nordyke was arrested for charges including identity theft, unlawfully prescribing controlled substances, forging prescriptions, and burglary. The investigation is continuing as to the extent of his “doctor shopping” as well as identifying other potential identity theft victims.

Dr. Nordyke relinquished his privilege to prescribe controlled substances to the Drug Enforcement Administration who also assisted in the investigation.

Dr. Nordyke was booked at Ventura County Main Jail with bail set at $50,000.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market.

In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Anyone with information regarding these topics is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at pharm.tip@ventura.org.

Nature of Incident: Ventura Podiatrist Arrested for Prescription Fraud
Report Number: 15-3983
Location: 1100 block of Pacific Highway, San Diego
Date & Time: February 20, 2015 at 08:00 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Division of Investigation- Health Quality Investigation Unit
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Dr. Randolph Nordyke San Diego 60
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
News Release Date: February 20, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Victor Fazio
victor.fazio@ventura.org
(805) 856 8793
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On February 21, in the early morning hours, patrol deputies responded to a report of vehicles on fire at the Ventura County Government Center public parking lot. Upon arrival at the scene there were several parked vehicles on fire as they encountered suspect Jeffrey Landis. Deputies attempted to detain Landis for arson but he resisted. Less Lethal force and a Sheriff’s K9 was used to take Landis into custody. Landis sustained minor injuries and has been booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

The vehicle fires were first observed by CHP officers as they were leaving the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Shortly after, deputies arrived on scene and arrested Landis. Ventura City Fire Department extinguished the fire. Landis was treated at a local hospital for his injuries prior booking.

Five vehicles were burned. Four of the vehicles were property of the County of Ventura. One County of Ventura vehicle had moderate damage. The rest of the burned vehicles were total losses.

A small backpack claimed by Landis was on the ground at the scene of the vehicle fires. Landis made statements of a possible explosive device in the backpack. The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded and rendered the backpack safe. There were no evacuations or street closures during the incident.

Sheriff’s and Ventura County Fire Department Arson Investigators as well as Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives are continuing with the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detective Ryan Clark at (805) 384-4721.
Landis was booked for arson and resisting arrest. His bail is set at $ 20,000.

Nature of Incident: Suspect Arrested on Arson Charges for Vehicle Fires at County Government Center
Report Number: 15-4075
Location: Ventura County Government Center
800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura
Date & Time: February 21, 2015 @ 4:15 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, Bomb Squad, Arson Unit, Ventura County Fire Department Arson Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Landis, Jeffrey Santa Monica 36
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
News Release Date: 2/21/15
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 2/18/2015, deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office served an eviction order on Ricardo Hernandez, 100 block of Maegan Place. Hernandez was home and left the residence after being served with eviction and stay away orders. Shortly after Hernandez left, deputies observed illegal drugs inside the residence.

Sheriff Narcotic Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched. Detectives located numerous grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale, loaded shotgun, two assault rifles- one of which was a loaded AK47 rifle, two loaded handguns, ballistic vest, various military knives and evidence that Hernandez was actively involved in the sales of illegal drugs.

After completing the search of the residence, detectives conducted a surveillance of the location in hopes that Hernandez would return. An hour later, Hernandez arrived at the location with Alberto Castro and Alejandro Hernandez. All three subjects entered the residence and left after a few minutes. Detectives followed them away from the residence where deputies with the Thousand Oaks Police Directed Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and arrested Hernandez.

During the traffic stop, the deputies determined Alberto Castro and Alejandro Hernandez were under the influence of a controlled substance and they were arrested. They also provided false identification to the deputies but their true identities were quickly determined with the use of a portable fingerprint identification system. The fingerprint identification device that identified Castro also alerted deputies that Castro had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Detectives searched the vehicle and located over 19 grams of methamphetamine and evidence of illegal drugs sales. Detectives determined Alberto Castro and Alejandro Hernandez both resided at a residence located on the 1200 block of Avenida De Los Arboles. Based on the ongoing investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for their residence on Avenida De Los Arboles.

Shortly after 2200 hours, Narcotic detectives and deputies with the Directed Enforcement Team converged on Castro and Hernandez’s residence and served the warrant. They encountered over 15 individuals inside the residence and had to summon patrol units to assist with the service of the warrant.

After securing the residence, detectives observed numerous make shift shelters and room additions that were made into living quarters. The shelters and rooms were obviously not up to code so detectives requested the assistance of the City of Thousand Oaks Code Enforcement. An officer from Code Enforcement arrived and conducted an investigation. A determination as the status of the residence will be made at a later time.

Detectives searched the residence for evidence of drug activity, but nothing notable was found.

Ricardo Hernandez was arrested for disobeying a court order, possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, and possession of ammunition designated to penetrate metal or armor. His bail is set at $50,000

Alberto Castro was arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance, transportation of controlled substance, under the influence of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, providing false information, and three outstanding warrants. His bail is set at $70,000

Alejandro Hernandez was arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance, possession for sale of a designated controlled substance, and conspiracy. His bail is set at $50,000

All three subjects are scheduled to appear in court on 2/20/2015, at 1:30PM.

Nature of Incident: Narcotic Arrests-Thousand Oaks
Report Number: 15-3865
Location: 100 block Maegan Place, Thousand Oaks
1200 block Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 2/18/2015, 0700 hours
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Hernandez, Ricardo Thousand Oaks 34
Castro, Alberto Thousand Oaks 27
Hernandez, Alejandro Thousand Oaks 34
Prepared by: Sergeant Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 2/19/2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Jose Rivera, 805-797-6341, jose.rivera@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

 

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the review by the District Attorney’s Office of the circumstances surrounding the September 7, 2013, shooting of Devon Costa by Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Danielle Delpit has been completed.

The full report, authored by Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Harman, is available on the Ventura County District Attorney’s Web site (http://www.vcdistrictattorney.com) and explains the District Attorney’s conclusions that Deputy Delpit acted reasonably, and the killing of Devon Costa was a justifiable homicide.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Scammers have been busy pretending to be police officer’s by defrauding residents out of thousands of dollars by employing the red light scam.

Recently, several Thousand Oaks residents have been contacted by phone claiming their photograph was captured while failing to stop for a red light at an intersection. The suspect tells the victim the violation had been ignored and there is a warrant for their arrest. The victim is told the warrant can be cleared by paying the bail. The victim is instructed to purchase a “Reload It” gift card for the full amount of the bail and to re-contact the suspect to provide the information on the gift card. This information allows the suspect to take the money from the card. Once the money is removed from the card, the money is lost.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department and other local police agencies do not attempt to collect fines by phone. Traffic violators are told to either go to court to pay the fine or mail their payment to the courthouse. No police agency will ask you to pay a fine using a gift card or reloadable card.

Although the intersections within the city of Thousand Oaks are not equipped with red light cameras, we ask residents to drive safely. Avoid becoming a victim of a scam by researching the particular request from the suspect or by calling Detective Lohman (805) 494-8232, before you send money or reloadable gift cards.

Nature of Incident: Police Warn Public of Red Light Scam
Location: Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 02/17/2015 – 1:30 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Investigations Unit
Prepared by: Detective Timothy Lohman
Media Release Date: February 19, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Timothy Lohman (805) 494-8232 Tim.lohman@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Ross Bonfiglio

 

On February 18, 2015, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit concluded an investigation into an organization dealing cocaine to teenagers and young adults in the east end area of Ventura County. George Ramirez, Francisco Ramirez, and Eddy Franco were arrested after it was learned they were in possession of nine ounces of cocaine destined for Ventura County. This investigation was a continuation of a prior investigation that was conducted in September of last year, when Marco and Sandy Cuevas were arrested for similar activity.

Search warrants were served at Ramirez’ residences in the 6600 block of Chimineas and 5600 block of Tyrone in the City of Los Angeles. Additional cocaine and several thousand dollars in US Currency were located at the Chimineas address. Motorcycle “chop-shops” were located at both locations and three stolen complete motorcycles, two stolen motorcycle frames, a stolen motorcycle engine, and thousands of dollars in suspected stolen motorcycle parts were recovered. One of the motorcycles was stolen out of the City of Simi Valley. George Ramirez was also arrested for felony child endangerment when his three and eight year old children were found home alone with cocaine accessible to them.

George and Francisco Ramirez are in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail with a bail of $500,000. Eddy Franco is in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail with a bail of $100,000. They all have court dates on February 19, 2015.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Anyone with information regarding these topics is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at pharm.tip@ventura.org.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office East County Narcotics Street Team and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force assisted in the investigation.

Nature of Incident: Three Arrested in Cocaine Sales / Motorcycle Theft / Child Endangerment Investigation
Report Number: 15-1737
Location: Ventura and Los Angeles Counties
Date & Time: February 17, 2015
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) George Ramirez Los Angeles 26
(S) Francisco Ramirez Los Angeles 38
(S) Eddy Franco Los Angeles 22
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
News Release Date: February 18, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Victor Fazio
(805) 856-8793
victor.fazio@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

 

On May 11, 2014, Bradley Marquez died from an overdose of heroin and valium at a residence in the 3300 block of Hollygrove, Thousand Oaks. After several months of investigation, multiple search warrants, and numerous interviews, detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit concluded
their investigation with the arrest of Corita Aburto and Mateo Peterson for their role in Marquez’
death.

The investigation revealed all three subjects were using heroin and valium at Aburto’s residence on May 11, 2014, in the 3300 block of Hollygrove, Thousand Oaks. Marquez suffered an
overdose from the drugs. Instead of immediately calling 911, Peterson, Aburto, and another subject at the residence, who happened to be a nurse, attempted to treat him themselves. After
several hours and no improvement in his condition, Marquez was dragged out of the house and left at a neighbor’s door step. Peterson and Aburto then attempted to destroy and hide Marquez’
phone and then Peterson “discovered” Marquez and called 911. Peterson initially disavowed any knowledge of Marquez’ identity and Aburto hid in the residence. Paramedics responded and
pronounced death.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of §11366 of the California Health and Safety Code / Maintaining a Place for drug use or sales against Aburto. The Ventura County
District Attorney’s Office filed one count of §32 of the California Penal Code / Accessory after the fact and one count of §135 of the California Penal Code / Destroying or concealing evidence
against Peterson. The investigation is continuing as to who supplied Marquez the drugs and additional charges are possible.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Anyone with information regarding these topics is encouraged to contact the Ventura
County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at pharm.tip@ventura.org.

The task force investigates all drug related overdose deaths in the County of Ventura and will continue to aggressively pursue all individuals involved in the furnishing of drugs resulting in
another person’s death. Arrests will be made and cases will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office in investigations where investigators believe charges can and should be filed.

All too often, young adults begin their opiate addiction innocently enough with exposure to prescription medication received for an injury. They may also be introduced to medication through friends or family. Prescription medication use, sometimes leads to abuse. This abuse of highly addictive, yet very expensive drugs, regularly leads to heroin use. Heroin users become heroin dealers to support their habits. It is a vicious cycle that very frequently ends in tragedy and
death.

The PCU supports responsible prescribing and dispensing of opiate medication from doctors and pharmacists, in the hope that increased scrutiny from medical professionals will curtail heroin
abuse in the future. Several sources state that the United States has about 5% of the world’s population but consumes nearly 80% of the opiate medications produced, most notably 99% of the world’s hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Nature of Incident: Arrests Made in Thousand Oaks Overdose Death
Report Number: 14-10788
Location: 3300 block of Hollygrove, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: May 11, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Corita Aburto Thousand Oaks 36
(S) Mateo Peterson Thousand Oaks 20
(V) Bradley Marquez Thousand Oaks 19
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
News Release Date: February 18, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Victor Fazio
(805) 856-8793
victor.fazio@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

 

VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the District Attorney’s Office will not seek the death penalty for Erick Estrada (DOB 8/31/1988) of Ventura.

Estrada is charged with the murder of murder of Gabriel Gutierrez, who was shot to death on July 31, 2013.

Beyond this news release, there will be no further comment on this matter.