LOS ANGELES, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the seizure of over 400 firearms and the arrest of two individuals who allegedly trafficked illegal firearms.

“California has laws that regulate the sales and purchase of firearms. These individuals broke the law by illegaly selling firearms for personal profit,” Attorney General Harris said. “The trafficking of firearms is a serious threat to public safety, and they will face serious consequences.”

Suspects Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale (Kern County), and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley (Riverside County) were arrested and taken into custody yesterday and booked into San Bernardino County Jail on charges of sale of an assault weapon, sale of a large capacity magazine and sale to a prohibited person. Seal remains in custody on $50,000 bail while Stoffel made bail this morning.

On Tuesday, March 11, agents with the California Department of Justice executed three search warrants at three locations at 13483 Cronese Rd., Apple Valley, 329 Beardsley Ave., Oildale, and 309 Beardsley Ave., Oildale.

The search of the three locations resulted in the seizure of over 350 firearms (handguns, rifles and assault weapons), two WWII-era grenades and one mortar round. At the time of the arrests the suspects were also in possession of an additional 50 firearms.

The arrests and seizures are the result of a investigation conducted by the California Attorney General’s Office that began in early 2014. According to investigative documents, Seal was an official vendor selling firearms at California gun shows and Stoffel was a co-conspirator during Seal’s attempts to complete firearms transactions at gun shows without going through a licensed firearms dealer, as required under state law. These transactions included assault weapons, which are banned in California. Over the course of the investigation, Seal and Stoffel illegally sold multiple firearms, including banned assault weapons, to undercover agents with the California Department of Justice.

The California Department of Justice was assisted in this operation by the California Highway Patrol and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

 


 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 03/11/14, Santa Paula Animal Control was dispatched to a call of 4 to 5 dogs being mauled in the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of N.14th Street. Upon arrival, there was an obvious sounds of what appeared to be a dog fight to the rear of a residence. Santa Paula Animal Control Officer separated the dogs and requested the assistance of Santa Paula Police Officers. Several dogs were found injured to the rear of the residence. With the assistance of the Ventura County Animal Control and the Humane Society, a total of 16 dogs were removed from the property.

Evidence of dog breeding was located on the property as well as evidence of dogs being trained to fight including an agitator stick, cropped ears and clipped tails on the dogs, and various stages of wounds healing on the dogs. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The owner denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

Nature of Incident:
Animal Cruelty
Report Number(s):
SG1400401
Location(s):
500 N. 14th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Dates & Times:
03/11/14 @ 0902 Hours
Unit Responsible:
Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Chief Steven McLean #1001
Press Release Date:
03/11/14
Follow-Up Contact:
Officer Rothermel #1111
Approved by:
Sgt. Ken Clark #1070

 

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The SPPD is asking for the publics assistance in solving this crime
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On March 10, 2014 at approximately 0234 hrs, Officers from the SPPD responded to a burglary alarm at 431 Ojai Rd. #C, The Medicine Shoppe. Upon arrival Officers observed that the glass in the entry door to the business was shattered. Officers made entry into the business and found no suspect inside. An unknown amount of prescription medication was taken from the business by the suspect who appeared to be alone. Officers reviewed the video surveillance however, at the time, were unable to identify the suspect. The suspect is only described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves. It appeared the suspect was wearing some sort of a mask to conceal his/her face.

The SPPD is asking for the publics assistance in solving this crime. Anyone with information is urged to contact the SPPD.

Nature of Incident:
Commercial Burglary
Report Number(s):
SG1400396
Location(s):
431 Ojai Road #C
Dates & Times:
March 10, 2014 0234 hrs
Unit Responsible:
Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
The Medicine Shoppe
Santa Paula
N/A

Officer Preparing Press Release:
Sgt. Jeremy Watson #1025
Press Release Date:
March 10, 2014
Follow-Up Contact:
SPPD Investigations
Approved by:
Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

 


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

A female jail inmate punched a female sheriff’s deputy in the neck Sunday while being booked for vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance at the Pre-Trial Detention Facilty in Ventura. The deputy immediately restrained the inmate to control her until she was handcuffed.

Natalie Cota, an Oxnard resident, was charged with battery on a peace officer and remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.

George Rustali, of Newbury Park, was brought to the jail for resisting an executive officer, resisting or delaying a peace officer, brandishing a deadly weapon, possession of tear gas, and battery. He was very intoxicated and combative with deputies when he arrived at the jail. He spit in the face of one of the booking deputies and was restrained. Deputies placed Rustali in a padded cell for observation, due to his level of intoxication and his erratic behavior.

Rustali remains in custody in lieu of $75,000.

Larry Zapata had completed the booking process early Sunday morning and was about to be moved to one of the housing units in the jail. Prior to being assigned housing, inmates are thoroughly searched to ensure they are not smuggling any drugs or weapons into the housing areas of the jail. It was during that search that Zapata was caught with 4.6 grams of heroin in his possession. Zapata had been brought to jail for several misdemeanor warrants. He is now facing a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance in a jail facility.

Zapata remains in custody in lieu of $41,500.

Sunday’s activities are not unusual in a jail facility, but they illustrate the hazards deputies and jail staff members face every day.

Nature of Incident: A Day at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility
Location: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca. 93009
Date & Time: Mar. 2, 2014 from 2:00 am to 3:00 pm
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Detention Services Division
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Mar. 3, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Commander Rick Barrios

 


 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On the above date and time Officer Pickett had just arrived at the AM/PM gas station to buy a drink when he observed a 16 year old male juvenile coming out of the front door in a rush. The juvenile had a 18 pack of beer in each hand with the gas station attendant behind him chasing him. Officer Pickett realized this as a theft in progress and chased the juvenile to a waiting vehicle parked on Felkins Road that was being driven by suspect Jose Hernandez. Hernandez put the vehicle into drive in an attempt to flee however once he observed Officer Pickett he put the vehicle back into park. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Based on the location of Hernandez's vehicle it was apparent this was a planned effort to steal beer. Both suspects were arrested for commercial burglary and conspiracy.

Hernandez was transported to the Ventura County Main Jail and the juvenile was transported to Juvenile Hall.

Nature of Incident:
Theft of Beer Occurs in Front of Officer
Report Number(s):
SG1400344
Location(s):
AM/PM Gas Station, 811 W. Harvard Blvd.
Dates & Times:
March 3, 2014 at 2053 hrs.
Press Release Date:
3/04/2014

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

Approximately 100 homeless people needed to be moved Friday from the National Guard Armory in Ventura to the Ventura Mission Church, which is two miles away. The armory was being used as a homeless shelter, but there was an event planned at the facility, and an alternate shelter needed to be set up at the church across town.

The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services learned there was no plan to transport people from one shelter to another and they were being told to walk the two miles to the church in the height of the rain storm.

A phone call to Roadrunner Shuttle changed all that. The company offered their services for free and transported all of the homeless people from the armory to the church. This is another example of public and private agencies working together to solve problems in the community.

Roadrunner Shuttle has provided similar emergency transportation services before. During the Springs Fire, the company sent a fleet of buses to evacuate an entire camp of children along PCH as the fire was approaching the area.

Nature of Incident: Transportation Service Moves Homeless During Storm
Location: 2765 Eva Street, Ventura, Ca.
Date & Time: Feb. 28, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services / Roadrunner Shuttle
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Mar. 3, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Kevin McGowan, OES Director

 

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed a petition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of the State of California, urging the court to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego.

In its February 13, 2014 Peruta decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that San Diego County violates the Second Amendment by requiring individuals to show “good cause,” beyond a mere desire to carry a gun, when applying for a concealed-carry weapons permit.

“Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon," Attorney General Harris said. "I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement's authority to protect public safety, and so today am calling on the court to review and reverse its decision."

California state law currently requires individuals to show "good cause" to carry a concealed weapon, but gives local law enforcement control over the permit process. If the Ninth Circuit’s ruling is allowed to take effect, officials throughout the State could be required to issue concealed-carry permits to individuals based on nothing more than the applicant’s assertion that they wish to carry a gun for self-defense.

In San Diego County, concealed-carry permit applicants have, until now, been required to show “good cause” by demonstrating “a set of circumstances that distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and causes him or her to be placed in harm’s way.”

On February 21, 2014 San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced he would not seek further review of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

The copy of the filings is attached to the electronic version of this release at: https://oag.ca.gov/news

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

An extensive search for two home burglary suspects ended late last night with their capture along Santa Rosa Road between Camarillo and Moorpark.

An off-duty deputy spotted the men hitchhiking along the shoulder of the road just before 10:00 pm. Deputies from Camarillo and Moorpark converged on the pair and arrested them after they were identified as the suspects from a residential burglary that occurred earlier Thursday at a home in Camarillo.

Deputies had been called to a home on Old Ranch Road Thursday morning to investigate a possible burglary in progress. When deputies arrived, the two suspects fled the scene in a silver sedan. Deputies pursued the vehicle east on Santa Rosa Road until it collided with a light pole and the two men ran into the nearby community of Leisure Village. The men evaded deputies for several hours by hiding in the open space south of Leisure Village.

Investigators found stolen property from the burglary inside the silver sedan.

The search involved patrol deputies, investigators, a helicopter, and two K-9 units.

Both suspects were booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for First Degree Residential Burglary and Resisting or Delaying a Peace Officer. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Their bail is $50,000.

Nature of Incident: Two Men Arrested for Residential Burglary
Report Number: 14-4592
Location: 2000-block of Old Ranch Road, Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:14 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Camarillo Investigations Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 28, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2013 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) crime statistics for Part 1 Crimes.

The data represent information collected from the unincorporated areas and the five contract cities where the Sheriff’s Office provides police services. Those cities are Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, and Ojai.

Overall, reported crime is down 6% throughout the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. A few areas, such as Moorpark and Camarillo showed an increase in reported crimes in 2013 over 2012. Most of the increases were due to spikes in property crimes, such as burglary and theft. Many of those crimes were thefts or burglaries from vehicles that were either unlocked or had valuables left in plain view. These crimes of opportunity can be prevented by removing valuable property from vehicles and locking them when leaving them unattended.

The full report can be viewed via the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/vcsheriffcrimestats2012-2013

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 activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency reports can be made through our Sheriff’s Communication Center by calling (805)654-9511.

Nature of Incident: Sheriff Releases 2013 Crime Statistics
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Crime Analysis Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 27, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Cmdr. Steve DeCesari

 

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of seven suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded more than 1,550 Inland Valley homeowners seeking loan modification services during California’s foreclosure crisis.

The felony complaint alleges that Nehad “Nick” Ayyoub Ayyoub, 57, of San Bernardino and president of The Firm Loans, Insurance and Investments Inc. and First Choice Debt Solutions Inc., along with his six colleagues, Ghydan Ayyoub Rabadi, 38, of Los Angeles, Zaid Rabadi, 49, of Los Angeles, James Clemons, 55, of Riverside County, Wissam Ismail, 32, of Riverside County, Eddie Mercado, 57, of San Bernardino, and Majid Safaie, 60, of Orange County, deceived homeowners by illegally charging up-front payments for loan modification services and lying about the services they provided.

“These individuals profited from the fear and desperation of hard working Californians who were simply fighting to keep their homes during the height of our state’s foreclosure crisis,” Attorney General Harris said. “This kind of predatory activity is reprehensible.”

The suspects are charged in a 24 count complaint of felony grand theft, personal and corporate income tax evasion and conspiracy. The suspects were booked at Murrieta Detention Center, Orange County Jail, Rancho Cucamonga Jail and Azusa Police Department today. Ayyoub is being held with bail set at $75,000 and all others are being held with bail set at $50,000. Ayyoub is facing a maximum exposure of 12 years in prison while his colleagues are facing a maximum exposure of 8 years.

According to court filings, Ayyoub and his colleagues took advantage of homeowners who were desperate to lower their mortgage payments by selling them home loan modification services and requiring payment of up-front fees. Homeowners were falsely told that attorneys would be negotiating their loan modifications, that they would get a loan modification with no risk of failure, that they would receive a refund if they were dissatisfied and that the suspects had special contacts with lenders, which would give them an advantage in obtaining lowered monthly payments.

Homeowners were instructed to stop paying their mortgage and to instead give the money to Ayyoub and his colleagues to ensure that they would obtain a loan modification, causing many victims to default on their home loans without obtaining a modification, according to court filings.

The suspects operated this scam from January 2007 to March 2010, according to court filings.

Attorney General Harris’ Mortgage Fraud Strike Force began investigating this case in 2010 yet business records were immediately sealed until September 2012 when Safaie’s claim of attorney client privilege was overruled.

Homeowners who feel they may have been victimized should file an online complaint with the California Attorney General’s Office: http://oag.ca.gov/consumers

Agents with the California Attorney General’s Bureau of Investigations were assisted by investigators with the State Franchise Tax Board.

Created in May 2011 by Attorney General Harris, the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force continues to lead the charge in investigating and prosecuting misconduct at all stages of the mortgage process.

In February 2012, Attorney General Harris secured a commitment from the nation’s five largest banks which has resulted in more than $20 billion for struggling California homeowners. Following the settlement, Attorney General Harris sponsored the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, a landmark package of legislation that restricts dual-track foreclosures, guarantees struggling homeowners a reliable point of contact at their lender and imposes civil penalties on fraudulently signed mortgage documents. In addition, homeowners may require loan servicers to document their right to foreclose. This legislation was signed by Governor Brown in July 2012 and took effect on January 1, 2013.

Please note that a complaint contains only allegations against a person and, as with all defendants, those named here must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of the complaint can be found attached to the electronic version of this release at: https://oag.ca.gov/news

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

On 2-19-14, Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes / Sexual Assault Bureau arrested Ryan Metier for committing lewd acts with a child. Metier was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $100,000.00 bail. He later posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on March 3, 2014.

This investigation has led to concern that Metier may have assaulted other victims. Anyone with information that may help in identifying witnesses or other potential victims is asked to contact Detective Matt Delahuerta at 805-384-4740/ Matt.Delahuerta@Ventura.org or Detective Greg Guilin at 805-384-4725/ Gregory.Guilin@Ventura.org.

Nature of Incident: Suspect arrested for committing lewd acts with a child
Report Number: 13-9044
Location: Camarillo, Ca
Date & Time: 2-19-14 1245 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes/Sexual Assault Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Ryan Metier
(V) Juvenile Camarillo, Ca 23
Prepared by: Detective Greg Guilin # 2920
Media Release Date: 2-24-14
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Guilin 805-384-4725
Detective Matthew Delahuerta 805-384-4770
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

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).

 
Wilfredo Chavarria
Wilfredo Chavarria

Detectives with the Simi Valley Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office concluded an investigation into a heroin delivery service with the arrest of 29 year old Granada Hills resident, Wilfredo Chavarria.

Detectives learned Chavarria was operating the service and often used subjects commonly referred to as “Runners” to meet and deliver heroin to Los Angeles and East Ventura County customers. During the course of the investigation, detectives observed Chavarria meet and deal heroin to numerous customers.

On 2/19/2014, detectives detained and arrested Chavarria after he left his residence. Detectives served a search warrant at Chavarria’s residence located on the 17000 block of Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills. Detectives seized a quarter pound of heroin, two rifles, and two handguns. One of the rifles was an AK 47 assault rifle which had a large capacity magazine attached to it. Additionally, detectives seized over $18,000.00 in currency which was deemed to be from drug proceeds. There was also evidence Chavarria was actively involved in the sales of drugs.

Chavarria was arrested for two counts of sale/ transport/ offer to sell a controlled substance, one count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of ammunition by a felon.

Chavarria was booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Jail pending the posting of bail set at $500,000.00. He scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on 2/21/2014, at 1:30 PM.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 14-1050
Location: White Oak Avenue and Devonshire Street, Northridge
17000 Block of Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills
Date & Time: 2/19/2014 @ 1630 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Chavarria, Wilfredo Granada Hills, Ca 29
Prepared by: Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 2/20/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jose Rivera (805) 797-6341 jose.rivera@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

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

Several Ventura County residents have received phone calls from a person claiming to be a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office employee who demands payment via a Green Dot transaction to clear up an outstanding warrant.

Callers are being told they did not show up for required jury duty and they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued.

These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report the situation immediately as a crime. The calls are originating from a local number in the 805 area code.

Investigators are working to identify the suspect who made the calls. Anyone with information about the person or group responsible for this scam can contact investigators at the Camarillo Police Department at (805)388-5100. 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).

Nature of Incident: Beware of Warrant Payment Scam
Report Number: 14-3778
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: Feb. 17, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Investigations Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 19, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

 

Los Angeles – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris expressed her condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of California Highway Patrol officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law, who died this morning in the line of duty.

“The deaths of officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law are a deep loss for all of our law enforcement community. Their commitment to serve will never be forgotten, and their sacrifice will forever be honored by the people of California and the brave men and women of the California Highway Patrol.

On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Officer Gonzalez and Officer Law who died tragically this morning in the line of duty.”

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

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration concluded a one month investigation with the arrest of Victor Pinto and the service of a search warrant at his residence in Los Angeles on February 12, 2014.

Investigators recently learned information that identified Victor Pinto as a source of supply of Molly, steroids, and cocaine to Ventura County residents in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Investigators were able to gather enough evidence to arrest Pinto for sales of drugs. Pinto was arrested in a parking lot in the 20400 block of Ventura Boulevard, in the City of Los Angeles. He had over a half pound of Molly on his person possessed for sales.

The drug Molly may represent any number of Ecstasy type drugs currently on the illicit market. In this case, the drug Methylone was being sold as Molly. It is similar to ecstasy in that it provides users with a euphoric high similar to other illegal stimulants and hallucinogens.

The service of the search warrant resulted in the seizure of a half-pound of cocaine, another twenty ounces of molly, and a large amount of steroids, all possessed for sale. Additionally, over $50,000, two expensive vehicles, and a motorcycle, all believed to be derivative of drug sales, were seized.

Pinto was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His court date is pending.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation. The main mission of the unit is to stem the flow of prescription medication to the illegal market. A secondary, and equally important related, mission is identifying and stopping new trends of non-traditional drug sales that target teenagers and young adults in Ventura County.

Nature of Incident: Molly / Steroid / Cocaine Dealer Arrested
Report Number: 13-18290
Location: 20400 block of Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles
Date & Time: February 12, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Victor Pinto Los Angeles 45
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: February 13, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Victor Fazio
(805) 856-8793
victor.fazio@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 2-14-14 at approximately 1433 hours, the Santa Paula Police Department responded to a call of a subject disturbing on Steckel Drive in front of the Glen City Elementary School. The reporting party indicated a male subject was observed putting his hands in his pockets and stating he was going to kill someone. The caller feared the subject possibly was armed. Police units responded and the school was placed on lockdown. An officer was stationed at the school as additional officers checked the area for the possible suspect. After an extensive search of the area the suspect was not located. Once the school was deemed safe the children were released to their parents. Officers remained in the area as school was released and on campus. It is believed that the subject heard making the statements was on a cellular telephone and not making threats to anyone at the school. There was no indication the subject was armed and no witnesses observed any weapons. All incidents of this nature are taken extremely seriously and the publics assistance was greatly appreciated in this matter. Anyone with information invovling this incident should contact the Santa Paula Police Department at 525-4474.

Santa Paula Police Department
PRESS RELEASE
Nature of Incident:
Subject disturbing
Report Number(s):
SG1400235
Location(s):
Glen City School
Dates & Times:
2-14-14 / 1433 hours
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Unknown

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

During the late Fall of 2013, through the early Winter of 2014, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s- Moorpark Station responded to several vandalism calls at the Baron Brothers Nursery, located just outside of the City of Camarillo. Deputies learned that the production and storage facilities for the nursery, located in a canyon, approximately 1/2 mile south of the retail facilities, had been the target of multiple incidents of vandalism to several vehicles and buildings within the property.

Based on the ongoing vandalisms, detectives from the Moorpark Station organized a surveillance of the nursery’s production facility. The surveillance team included detectives from Moorpark Special Enforcement Bureau, Moorpark Investigations Bureau and a Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

On the afternoon of February 9th, 2014, the surveillance team covertly responded to the production facilities and arrested three suspects who were in the process of vandalizing property on the nursery at the time of their apprehension. All three suspects were identified as juveniles from the City of Camarillo and were charged with 594(b)(1) PC / Felony vandalism, 10852 VC / Vehicle tampering and 182(a)(1) PC / Criminal conspiracy.

The suspects were transported to the Moorpark Station for processing and were cited and released to the custody of their parents.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of vandalism suspects
Report Number: 14-3168
Location: 7568 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, Ca., 93010
Date & Time: February 9th, 2014, 1330 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Station Detective Bureau
Prepared by: Detective Kevin Lynch
Media Release Date: February 12th, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Kevin Lynch
(805) 532-2714
Approved by: Sergeant John Reilly

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

An 18 year old Camarillo man tried to kill himself by deliberately inhaling carbon monoxide from his vehicle’s exhaust system on Thursday afternoon, while parked in the Wildwood Park parking lot on Avenida de Los Arboles.

Thousand Oaks Police Officer, Jeffrey Stuteville observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the park parking lot. Due to the heavy rains, the trails were closed and this was the only vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle was backed into a parking stall at the far south end of the parking lot in a location to conceal itself from people or vehicles on the roadway.

Stuteville entered the parking lot and parked next to the vehicle. The vehicle’s engine was on and the windows appeared to be fogged up. This made it difficult for Stuteville to see who was inside. Stuteville noticed a green hose connected to the rear exhaust of the vehicle and placed through the rear passenger window. Fearing this was a suicide attempt; Stuteville pulled on the driver’s door handle and opened the door.

Stuteville observed a male sitting in the driver seat. The male appeared to be in distress from inhaling the carbon monoxide fumes. Stuteville immediately removed the driver and provided assistance until fire and paramedics arrived. The male was later transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

Stuteville’s quick actions saved this young man’s life and prevented what could have been a tragic ending.

Nature of Incident: Deputy’s quick actions save suicidal man
Report Number: 14-2940
Location: Wildwood Park Parking Lot
Date & Time: February 6, 2014 @ 4:52 PMPrepared by: Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman
Media Release Date: February 12, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Timothy Lohman (805) 371 8362
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

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

Beginning in November 2013, Sheriff’s narcotics detectives started receiving information of criminal activity occurring at a property in the 1500 block of Cypress St, Oxnard. Preliminary information was that this location, known locally as “The Compound”, was involved in narcotics sales, stolen vehicles, identity theft, prostitution and weapon sales. As the investigation progressed, it was discovered that several other local law enforcement agencies had received similar information. Detectives were able to identify a residence in the City of Camarillo believed to be affiliated with the Compound.

On February 7, 2014, members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, Intelligence Unit, Gang Unit, and Transportation Unit, the Oxnard Police Department, and VENCATT (a stolen vehicle task force), served a search warrant at the Compound. Investigators located several people living in and around the property in illegal buildings, tents, and recreational vehicles. During the search a loaded handgun, approximately one half ounce of methamphetamine, heroin, stolen equipment from the Pleasant Valley Parks Department, and common household items often used in the conversion of methamphetamine were found. The following arrests were made:

Joseph Ortega: Possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, under the influence of a controlled substance while armed.

Kemo Parker: Possession of a controlled substance.

Kyle Delaware: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Teira Pettiford-Newton: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Christina Carrillo: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Griselda Zaragoza: Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Kenneth Finberg: Misdemeanor warrant

The City of Oxnard Code Enforcement Division responded a found several code violations that resulted in the tagging of several structures as uninhabitable.

A search warrant was also served at the residence in the 1700 block of Del Prado Dr., Camarillo. During this search, investigators found that concentrated cannabis, commonly known as “Honey Oil”, was being manufactured at the residence. Three subjects from this residence were arrested for the following charges:

Angel Combest: Manufacturing concentrated cannabis.

Jennifer Peterson: Possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Megan Lager: Possession and Under the influence of a controlled substance.

At the conclusion of the operation, investigators were contacted by several residents and business owners who expressed their appreciation for conducting this investigation. Detectives were told that the Compound, and those who frequent it, bring crime and drug use to the area.

Nature of Incident: Press release
Report Number: 14-4162
Location: 1500 block Cypress St, Oxnard. 1700 block Del Prado Dr, Camarillo
Date & Time: February 7, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team
Prepared by: Sgt Mike Horne
Media Release Date: February 8, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Capt Don Aguilar
805-797-7349
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson

 

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Sheriff Geoff Dean to the Board of State and Community Corrections. The appointment is effective today.

The appointment fills a vacant B.S.C.C. position after the retirement of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. The web link to the Governor’s announcement is available at: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18396

The B.S.C.C. works in partnership with local corrections systems and assists efforts to achieve continued improvement in reducing recidivism through evidence-based decision making. The position as B.S.C.C. board member requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

Sheriff Dean, age 57, has held multiple positions at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office since 1977, including chief deputy, commander, lieutenant, sergeant, senior deputy, and deputy. He is a community council member of the American Cancer Society and a board member of the Casa Pacifica Home for Abused Children. Sheriff Dean received a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Business Administration.

For more information about the B.S.C.C., visit www.bscc.ca.gov.

Nature of Incident: Governor Brown Appoints Sheriff Dean to Board of State and Community Corrections (B.S.C.C.)
Location: Sacramento, California
Date & Time: February 6, 2014 @ 4:30 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: February 6, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sheriff Geoff Dean, (805) 654-2315
Approved by: Sheriff Geoff Dean