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

On March 19th, 2010, Detectives and Officers from the Santa Paula Police, with the assistance of Unites States Federal Agents, conducted a parole search in the 700 block of Fillmore St., Santa Paula, regarding a delivery of false documents made to the address.

The delivery contained over $845,000 in fraudulent checks from Nigeria. During the search, officials discovered additional packaging containing over $640,000 in the same fraudulent checks. Also discovered was packaging similar to the afore mentioned deliveries, which had contained a similar amount of checks from Nigeria.

Additional evidence was obtained in the search leading to the arrest of Cathy Pye 43 years of age, and a resident of Santa Paula. Pye admitted to receiving the checks and forwarding the checks to individuals across the United States. The approximate total loss to victims is $1,500,000.

In her statement to detectives, Pye said she took $170,000 worth of the checks to a location in Los Angeles County. Those checks were recovered as part of this investigation. Pye was booked at Ventura County Jail for “Possession and Passing of Fraudulent Checks”, and is currently in custody with a set bail of $750,000.

Please forward all inquires to Det. Sgt. Ismael Cordero or Det. Daniel Kiernan at (805) 525-4474, Ext. 116.

R.M. Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant


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

On March 29, 2010, as the T-Mobile store in Camarillo was preparing to close, two men dressed all in black, wearing ski masks, and armed with hand guns entered the store.

The suspects ordered the two employees to the back of the store where they were ordered to open a locked safe and storage room. Once the employees complied with the suspect’s demands, they were ordered to lie on the floor and their hands were tied behind their backs.

The suspects then removed money from the safe and a variety of new cellular telephones. The suspects fled out the back door of the business.

Anyone with information related to this robbery is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Major Crimes unit at 805-477-7000.

Location: T- Mobile Store, 415 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo CA.
Date & Time: March 29, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes

Deputy Preparing Release: Sergeant S. Rhods

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant S. Rhods (805) 477-7000

Date and Time of Release: March 30, 2010

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

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit arrested three suspects for attempted murder after investigating a shooting that occurred last Sunday, March 21, 2010, in the community of Saticoy. The three are believed to belong to a local street gang.

On Sunday night, at about 10:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a call of a shooting victim in the 11000 block of Aster. When they arrived, they found a male victim suffering from a laceration to his ear. An investigation by the deputies found that as the victim and his girlfriend were sitting in a car, three or four males approached them. One of the males threw a rock through the driver’s window striking the victim in the head. Another male retrieved a handgun from his waist and fired two rounds into the car. One of the bullets struck the metal window pillar where the victim was seated. Neither round struck the victim. The male victim was transported to a local hospital where he received several stitches. The female passenger was unhurt.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit took over the investigation and was able to identify 25-year-old Christopher Cervantez as a possible suspect. They obtained a search warrant for Cervantez’ residence in the 11000 block of Violeta, Saticoy. On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, gang investigators served the search warrant at Cervantez’ residence. During the service of the search warrant, investigators contacted Cervantez and arrested him for attempted murder. A 17-year-old male was also at the residence during the search warrant and was detained for narcotic related offenses. During the investigation, the 17-year-old male was identified as a second suspect in the shooting and was arrested.

By Thursday morning, gang investigators had obtained enough evidence to link 20-year-old Jose Puga to the shooting. Puga had been arrested and booked into jail a day earlier by gang investigators after a routine stop found he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Puga was still in custody on Thursday morning. Gang investigators arrested Puga on the additional charge of attempted murder.

Cervantes remains in custody on $505,000 bail. Puga remains in custody on $525,000 bail. The 17-year-old male remains in juvenile hall without bail.

Gang investigators will continue to investigate the shooting in an attempt to locate the firearm used in the crime and to determine if a fourth suspect was involved.

RB#: 10-6880
Location: 11000 Block Aster Street, Saticoy
Date & Time: 3-21-10 / 10:30 p.m.

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit

(S)uspects Charge City of residence Age
1) Christopher Cervantez Attempted Murder Saticoy 25
2) Jose Puga Attempted Murder Saticoy 20
3) Male Juvenile Attempted Murder Saticoy 17

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Schierman

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Schierman 654-2856

Date of Release: 3-25-2010


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

On 3/26/10 at approximately 5:25 p.m., staff at the Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Station received a call of an aircraft down on Boy Scout Camp Road, just north of Lockwood Valley Road. Deputies responded to the location and found an unoccupied, single engine experimental aircraft off the northbound shoulder of the roadway. The aircraft appeared to have sustained moderate damage consistent with an attempted landing on the roadway.

A passer-by stopped and told deputies that he had observed the aircraft go down on the roadway and collide with brush near the shoulder. The witness stopped for the pilot and co-pilot, who were exiting the aircraft and were uninjured. The pilots explained they lost engine power and attempted to land on the highway. The witness transported the pilots to a restaurant in Lebec.

During the investigation, deputies made contact with the pilot and confirmed the details of the emergency landing. Notifications were made to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Location: Boy Scout Camp Road north of Lockwood Valley Road, Lockwood Valley

Date & Time: March 26, 2010 @ 5:25 p.m.

Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, West County Patrol Services, Lockwood Valley Station

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
Pilot and Owner Richard Van Vleet Ventura, California
Co-Pilot Ralph Simon Kahului, Hawaii

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Ryan Clark #2861
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio 805-654-2417
Date of Release: March 26, 2010
Approved By: Captain Stephen Wade


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

On Sunday, March 28, 2010, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were made aware of a carjacking that occurred at approximately 0555 hours in the 7400 block of Bradley Road, Somis. A 56 year old male victim was driving his 2006 BMW on Bradley Rd. when he observed an obstruction blocking both traffic lanes in the 7400 block. The victim stopped, exited his vehicle, and began moving the obstruction from the roadway. The suspect, Gerardo Sillas, emerged from the shrubbery and pointed a handgun at the victim.The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet and vehicle. After the victim complied with the suspect’s demands, the suspect fled with the victim’s wallet and vehicle. The victim called authorities using his cellular telephone. The suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed in the 8000 block of Balcom Canyon. The suspect then fled the area on foot. Deputies searching the area found the victim’s vehicle a short time later with major damage in a field.

As the search continued, a 911 call was received from a resident in the 8000 block of Balcom Canyon. The caller reported his dog sustained a gunshot wound. It was later determined that Sillas shot the dog shortly after crashing the victim’s vehicle. The dog was stabilized and the wound did not appear to be life threatening. Shortly thereafter, a 17 year old male who was working in a field on Posita Road saw the suspect who brandished a firearm at him.

As a result of the brandishing, an additional 911 call was received reference a “man with a gun” at the end of Posita Road. Deputies and CHP units quickly converged on the location and confronted Sillas who was disarmed and arrested. Sillas was booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, brandishing, cruelty to an animal, and resisting arrest. Additionally, Sillas is a known gang member from the city of Fillmore. Therefore he was also booked for street terrorism. The investigation is being handled by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit.

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant John J. Gleason

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Schierman. #654-3551

Approved By: Captain O’Hanlon

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

On March 28, 2010 at approximately 0100 hours, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a “shots fired” call in the 100 block of Padre Juan in Meiners Oaks. Deputies located several witnesses, broken glass and several spent shotgun shells in the street . As the investigation was continuing, an additional call to Sheriff ‘s dispatch revealed the location of the vehicle and its occupants.

Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives were called to assist in the criminal investigation. They determined that a physical altercation took place in the front yard of McCoy’s residence between the victims and the suspect. After the physical altercation ended, the suspect armed himself with a shotgun and fired several rounds as the vehicle left the area. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured in the shooting.

Suspect Jason McCoy was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention facility for assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an occupied vehicle with a bail amount of $50,000.00.

Location: 100 block of Padre Juan, Meiners Oaks
Date & Time: March 28, 2010 1:07 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff, Sheriff Major Crimes

S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age

(S1) McCoy, Jason Meiners Oaks 19

(V1) Jerviss, Charles Oak View 25

(V2) Jerviss, Jonathan Oak View 20

Officer Preparing Release:
Brian Richmond, Detective ,Major Crimes

Follow-up Contact:
Brian Richmond (805) 477-7036

Approved By:
Captain O’Hanlon

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

Drug kingpin Jose Antonio Medina (AKA: Don Pepe) was arrested in Michoacán Mexico on March 24th. Medina is connected to the drug distribution ring responsible for funneling large amounts of heroin into Ventura County. A record amount of that heroin and other illicit drugs were seized by the Ventura County Combined Agency Team (VCAT) in 2008. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office was instrumental in coordinating Medina’s arrest and working with Mexican officials to bring him to justice locally.

VCAT is a narcotics enforcement team that was formed in 1999 and is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Oxnard PD, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, DEA, and other local law enforcement agencies. VCAT also works closely with other state and federal agencies such as BNE (Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement), the FBI, and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

VCAT was formed and operated with the substantial funding provided by the Federal Byrne JAG grant. The grant program was designed for multi-jurisdictional task force programs that integrate Federal, State and/or local drug law enforcement agencies and prosecutors for the purpose of enhancing interagency coordination and intelligence and facilitating multi-jurisdictional investigations. Seizures of this size and complexity are only possible through the use of multi-agency resources and coordination, which is the basis for the formation of VCAT.

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

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department’s Ojai detectives and patrol deputies concluded an investigation into a child abuse case in which one suspect kicked a four-year-old male child in the groin while another suspect videotaped it. The investigation started when a patrol deputy was given a found cellular phone. When the deputy attempted to identify the owner of the phone, he located a video in the phone showing a four-year-old male child being kicked in the groin by an adult male. The child abuse case occurred in December of 2009, but was not reported until the deputy uncovered the video.

During the investigation, the two suspects were identified and ultimately arrested for 273a(a) – Child Abuse. At this time, the suspects are in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

273a(a) P.C. – Child Abuse

Location: City of Ojai

Dates: December 22, 2009

Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Department / Ojai Substation Detectives

Suspect: City of Residence: Age:
Ru Rupp Oak View 18 years old
Charles Rodriguez Oak View 20 years old

Officer Preparing Release: Detective M. Burgess
Follow-up Contact: Detectives M. Burgess or S. Michalec (805) 646-1414
Date of Release: March 24, 2010
Approved By: Captain Chris Dunn

Chase ended in traffic collision and foot chase near Oceanside in San Diego

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, Santa Paula Police Officers investigating reports of “lewd acts upon a child”, attempted to contact and arrest the suspect, Marvin Arnoldo Duarte Garcia, 34 years of age and a resident of Santa Paula. The suspect learned officers were attempting to contact him, and subsequently fled the area with two small children.
During the course of the investigation, the Santa Paula Police Department initiated a statewide alert. A coordinated effort between the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Santa Paula Police Department resulted in a CHP officer locating the suspect driving the vehicle south on Interstate 5 in the southern portion of Orange County.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle however, Garcia failed to stop. The pursuit continued into San Diego County. In the area of the City of Oceanside, Garcia lost control of his vehicle and was involved in a traffic collision. He fled on foot from the scene. An Oceanside Police Department canine was able to apprehend Garcia as he fled into a lagoon. He was arrested at the scene for several felonies, including reckless evading a peace officer, resisting a peace officer, leaving the scene of a traffic collision, and several crimes relating to illegal sexual acts with a child under the age of 14 years. The small children believed to be in the vehicle were found to have been dropped off with relatives prior to Garcia leaving Ventura County.
Garcia was transported back to Ventura County and lodged in the Ventura County Jail pending a court appearance. Because Garcia is believed to be a flight risk, the Santa Paula Police Department has petitioned the Superior Court to hold Garcia without bail. Because of the nature of the crimes, and the age of the victim, the child’s identity will not be released.

Ryan Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant

California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

On March 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm, Ventura Area CHP officers were involved in a high speed vehicle pursuit.

Two Ventura Area CHP officers were traveling southbound on US-101 north of Victoria Ave. when a gold GMC Sierra pickup truck passed their patrol car traveling at 85 mph with no lights on. The officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the pickup truck. The driver failed to yield to the officers and continued traveling south on US-101 at a high rate of speed before exiting at Vineyard Ave. The driver turned left on Vineyard Ave. failing to stop at a red light. The pickup traveled north on Vineyard Ave. and turned right on Simon Way. The pickup truck traveled on numerous residential streets in the El Rio area running stop signs at 50 mph. During the pursuit in the El Rio area, the pickup sustained a flat right rear tire after striking a curb. The pickup truck traveled westbound on Simon Way and turned left on Vineyard Ave.

As the pickup truck turned left on Vineyard Ave., the driver lost control due to the flat tire. The pickup truck spun around and stopped facing northbound in the southbound #2 lane on Vineyard Ave. It began traveling northbound in the southbound lane when a second CHP unit intentionally struck the right rear side of the pickup truck in an effort to terminate the pursuit. The pickup truck spun around and came to a complete stop before driver of the pickup accelerated directly at the patrol vehicle. The pickup struck the passenger side door and right rear fender of the patrol vehicle. There was a passenger officer in the right front seat of the patrol vehicle when it was struck by the pickup truck.

The pickup truck traveled back into the residential El Rio area where the driver continued driving at a high rate of speed and failing to stop at stop signs. After traveling on several streets in El Rio, the pickup truck traveled westbound on Stroube Ave. and turned left on Vineyard Ave. The pickup traveled northbound on Vineyard Ave. at 80 mph and turned left on SR-118 (Los Angeles Ave.). The driver slowed to 40 mph while traveling on SR-118 toward the Saticoy area. The pickup truck finally pulled over at Azahar St. in Saticoy. The driver was taken into custody after briefly resisting CHP officers.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Robert Alexander Velasquez, age 41 of Ventura. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol, assault with deadly weapon and felony evading a peace officer. The patrol vehicle Velasquez struck sustained major damage. No one was injured in this incident.

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

On March 1, 2010, at about 9:45 p.m., Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for service in the Santa Monica Mountains. The reporting party saw flashlights near a suspected Indian burial site. Upon the deputies’ arrival, they located the three suspects with flashlights and evidence they were illegally removing Indian artifacts from the area.

The three suspects were arrested and later booked at the Main Jail in Ventura for theft. The suspects were released later that day pending further investigation. Searches were subsequently done at the suspects’ homes and several more Indian artifacts were located. In addition, a local anthropologist confirmed the location the suspects were digging was in fact an Indian burial site. The anthropologist also confirmed the items the suspects had taken were consistent with what would be found at an Indian burial site.

On March 19, 2010, the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review. The charges include California Public Resources Codes 5097.33 (misdemeanor) and 5097.99 (felony). These sections cover excavating in a historical Indian site and Indian burial sites.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind citizens that it is illegal to remove items from a Native American historic site. Additionally, it is a felony if the location is a burial site.

Location: Santa Monica Mountains

Date: March 18, 2010

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses, (P)arties Age
(S1) Noah Erickson 22 Years
(S2) John Watson 37 Years
(S3) Fredrick Villela 40 Years

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant J. Devorick

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. J Devorick (805) 388-5133

Approved By: Capt. Monica McGrath

Possession of Controlled Substance on School Grounds, Furnishing Marijuana to a Minor over 14 years Old, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Resisting / Delaying Arrest

On 03/11/10, Nordhoff School Resource Officer Deputy Valenzuela was contacted by Nordhoff School staff regarding marijuana being smoked in a vacant classroom.

On 03/18/10, Officer Deputy Valenzuela was on foot patrol on the campus of Nordhoff High School. Deputy Valenzuela became suspicious when she saw an empty janitors cart, near the classroom, she had previously received the complaint about. Deputy Valenzuela entered the classroom and saw a thick cloud of smoke and smelled the odor of burnt marijuana. She also saw Nordhoff High School Janitor, Brandon Hoffmeister, 25 years, with 3 male juvenile students. As Deputy Valenzuela directed Hoffmeister and the students out of the classroom, Hoffmeister ran from Deputy Valenzuela. Hoffmeister was located, on campus, a short time later and placed under arrest.

During Deputy Valenzuela’s investigation she discovered an empty plastic baggie, in the classroom, which contained marijuana residue. Hoffmeister admitted to providing marijuana to students over the past 2 months and having smoked marijuana, with students, on campus, approximately 20-30 times over the two month period.

Hoffmeister was booked at the Pre- Trial Detention Facility. Bail was set at $100,000.00

Location: Nordhoff High School / 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, 93023

Date & Time/ RB#: 3/18/10 0940 hrs RB#:10-6584

Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department / Ojai

(S)Suspect Adddress Age
Brandon Hoffmeister Mira Monte 25 Years Old

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Maureen Hookstra

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Maureen Hookstra / Ojai Police Department (805) 646-1414

Date of Release: March 18, 2010

Approved By: Captain Chris Dunn

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

On March 15, 2010, (A) Daniel Raaf was arrested in connection with two recent bank robberies in Thousand Oaks, California. On January 21, 2010, Raaf is suspected of committing a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 1760 East Avenida De Los Arboles. On March 12, 2010, Raaf is suspected of committing a second bank robbery at the First California Bank, located at 11 E. Hillcrest Drive.

Information obtained during the investigation led investigators to believe Raaf committed these crimes. Items collected during a search warrant at Raaf’s residence, connected him to the robberies. Raaf was booked into the Ventura County Jail on two counts of PC 211 and is currently being held on a $1,000,000.00 bail.

There is evidence to link Raaf with at least one bank robbery in Los Angeles County. Investigators are working with the F.B.I and L.A.P.D. to determine how many bank robberies Raaf has in fact committed in Los Angeles County.

Location: 1516 Patricia Avenue Simi Valley, Ca 93065

Date & Time/ RB#: March 15, 2010 @ 5:00 p.m. / RB #10-1697 & RB# 10-6045

Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(A) Daniel Paul Raaf Simi Valley 24

Officer Preparing Release: Deputy Shannon McElveen

Follow-up Contact: Detective Jon Smith (805-494-8216)

Date of Release: March 16, 2010

Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

On March 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm, a major injury traffic collision involving two vehicles occurred on northbound US-101 at Telephone Rd.

Giovanny Ruiz, age 19 of Ventura, was driving a 2005 Nissan Maxima northbound on US-101 near Victoria Ave. According to several witnesses, Ruiz’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed estimated to be over 90 mph. Ruiz was reportedly in and off traffic using all lanes to pass slower vehicles. Brandon Lamb, age 56 of Newport Beach, was driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee northbound on US-101 in the #3 lane approaching Telephone Rd.

Ruiz was traveling in the #1 lane at a high rate of speed and attempted to make a lane change to pass a slower vehicle. Ruiz lost control of his vehicle as it veered to the right and struck the driver side Lamb’s vehicle. Lamb’s vehicle ran off the road, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. The force of the impact caused Lamb’s vehicle to wrap almost completely around the tree. Ruiz’s vehicle overturned several times down the
embankment and came to rest on its wheels against the perimeter fence at the bottom of the embankment adjacent to Telephone Rd.

Lamb, and his passenger Jacquelyn Drake age 62 of Fresno, were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Ventura City Fire Department personnel. Ruiz was able to get out his vehicle on his own after the collision. Lamb and Drake were transported by ambulance to the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) where they were admitted for treatment of the serious injuries they sustained in the collision. Ruiz was also transported
by ambulance to VCMC where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

The Telephone Rd. off ramp from northbound US-101 was closed until 5:25 pm due to the collision. The eastbound #2 and #3 lanes on Telephone Rd. near East Main St. were closed until 6:10. Ruiz, Lamb and Drake were all wearing seatbelts when the collision occurred. No arrests were made and the collision is still under investigation.

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

On March 11, 2010, the Camarillo Police Department activated the Ventura County REVERSE 911® system for an endangered missing adult. The call was to be delivered to 64,061 residential and business telephone numbers. Sixteen minutes later the outbound calls were ceased, after a total of 15,811 calls were placed to Camarillo residents and businesses, and the missing adult was found.

“This is another successful way the REVERSE 911® system has been used in our community,” said Camarillo Police Chief, Steve DeCesari.

The system was established in 2008 to deliver alerts when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents in the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The Ventura County REVERSE 911® database currently contains both listed and unlisted landline phone numbers for AT&T and Verizon customers.

In addition to resident calls, the system also sends messages to businesses in the same geographic area. If a business has multiple lines, it is possible that they may receive multiple calls with the same alert.

“We received many calls from businesses reporting that they received multiple REVERSE 911® calls,” said DeCesari. “However, we do have a solution for businesses with multiple lines so that the REVERSE 911® messages do not impact their daily operations.”

Businesses that would like to exclude certain phone numbers from receiving emergency notifications from the Ventura County REVERSE 911® system can forward their request to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. The request must be on company letterhead and specify which phone lines they would like to have excluded from the Ventura County REVERSE 911® database. The letter should be mailed to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, Attn: REVERSE 911® Program Administrator, 800 S. Victoria Avenue #3450, Ventura, California 93009.

For more information on REVERSE 911® in Ventura County or to register telephone numbers, residents may go to the County of Ventura website ( and click on the “Disaster Information” link. Questions may also be directed to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at (805) 648-9283.

Date & Time: March 11, 2010 1:03 PM

Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services

Administrator Preparing Release: Cynthia Elliott, OES Program Administrator (805) 654-3655

Follow-up Contact: Erin Edinger, OES Program Administrator (805) 654-3843

Approved By: Laura Hernandez, Assistant Director of Disaster Services

Date of Release: March 15, 2010


On Monday, March 15, 2010, at approximately 11:32 a.m., Santa Paula Police Officers responded to domestic violence incident in the 15000 Blk. of W. Telegraph Rd. While at the scene, officers learned that the suspect, Jose Villalvazo, 29 years of age and a resident of Santa Paula, physically battered his girlfriend and threatened her with a firearm.
Officers began checking the area and located the suspect hiding along the side of a nearby residence. When officers attempted to contact the suspect, he fled on foot. Officers were quickly able to establish a perimeter and contain the suspect.
Santa Paula Police Canine “Evan” located the suspect hiding inside of a boat. The suspect refused to follow officers’ commands to surrender, resulting in the canine apprehending the suspect.
Deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, a Sheriff’s Helicopter, and Officers from the California Highway Patrol assisted the SPPD during this incident. Villalvazo was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for charges relating to criminal threats, resisting a peace officer, and domestic battery.

Reference Santa Paula Police Department PR2010-03-15, the firearm the suspect had has been found by an officer. It was located at approximately 1830 hours in a trash can near where the suspect was arrested.

Ryan Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant

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

The Camarillo Police Department will be hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future licensed drivers.

Start Smart is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Camarillo Police Department, teenage drivers, and their parents.

In an attempt to remain proactive and not reactive, the Start Smart program is designed to help young drivers and their parents/guardians understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. Start Smart will show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.

Interested parents are asked to call Sergeant Harold Hanley at 805-388-5132 for more information about the program. To reserve a spot, call MaryGay San Jose with the Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit at 805-388-5155. Space is limited to 20 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.

Location: Camarillo Police Station
3701 E. Las Posas Road
Camarillo, CA 93010

Date & Time: Monday, March 15, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Unit Responsible: Camarillo Traffic Bureau

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Harold Hanley
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Harold Hanley

Approved by: Captain Monica McGrath

Date of Release: March 10, 2010

California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

On 3/11/2010 at approximately 7:00 am, members of the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VENCATT) served a search warrant for narcotic sales on a residence in the 3600 block of Santa Clara Ave. near the city of Oxnard.

During the search of the residence, investigators found ¼ pound of methamphetamine and nearly one ounce of cocaine along with over $600.00 in cash. Investigators also found scales and other items indicative of illegal narcotic sales.

Three suspects who lived at the residence were arrested as result of the search warrant. Those suspects were; Juan Antonio Ruiz, age 36, Hime Ramirez, age 19 and Maria Ruiz, age 30. Hime Ramirez is the son of Juan Ruiz. Maria Ruiz is Juan Ruiz’s girlfriend. All three suspects were charged with possession and sales of controlled substances. They were booked into the Ventura County Jail.

There were two young boys ages three years and three months old who also lived at the residence. It was unclear who was the parent or legal guardian of the two boys. The three suspects and a female subject who arrived at the residence during the search were evasive regarding the identity of the boys’ parents or legal guardian. Both boys were turned over to Ventura County Child Protective Services due to the arrests made and the extreme squalor living conditions that existed in the residence. All three suspects will also be charged with child endangerment.

The Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VENCATT) is comprised of personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Oxnard Police Dept., Ventura Police Dept., Port Hueneme Police Dept., Dept. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Insurance.

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

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department’s Ojai Detectives concluded an investigation into a commercial burglary and vandalism that occurred at Nordhoff High School between the evening of February 20, 2010 and the morning of February 21, 2010. Deputies initially responded to the school reference a flag that had been stolen from a local Jewish camp and was found flying from the football stadium flagpole at Nordhoff High School. When Deputies arrived to investigate the stolen flag incident, they found that the suspects had forced entry into two snack bars in the area of the football stadium, the announcer’s box above the bleachers in the stadium, a metal storage container and the girl’s locker room. The deputies also found that the school’s pool and marching band equipment truck had been vandalized and a swastika had been painted on the asphalt of the southwest parking lot.

During the investigation four suspects were identified and property stolen during the incident was recovered. The suspects were ultimately arrested for 459P.C. – Commercial Burglary, 594(b)(1) P.C. – Vandalism over $400.00, and 484(a) P.C. – Petty Theft. Three of the four suspects were juveniles. Based on the investigation a hate crime could not be established.

Location: Nordhoff High School, Ojai

Dates: Between February 20, 2010 and February 21, 2010

Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Department Ojai Substation Detectives

Suspect City of Residence Age
Ian McMahon Meiners Oaks 18 years old
Male Juvenile Oak View 16 years old
Male Juvenile Ojai 16 years old
Male Juvenile Ojai 16 years old

Officer Preparing Release: Detective M. Burgess
Follow-up Contact: Detectives M. Burgess or S. Michalec (805) 646-1414
Date of Release: March 10, 2010
Approved By: Captain Chris Dunn

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

In the aftermath of the arrest of convicted sex offender John Albert Gardener III for the rape and murder of Chelsea King, and possible involvement in the murder of Amber DuBois, questions may have surfaced regarding how convicted sex offenders are tracked and monitored locally.

Since 2006, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has been part of a grant funded multi-jurisdictional task force dedicated to monitoring registered sex offenders. The state funded Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team for this region is a tri-county effort between San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County, with the overall grant administration conducted by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.

The mission of the SAFE Program is to identify, monitor, arrest, and assist in the prosecution of habitual sexual offenders who violate the terms and conditions of their probation or parole, who fail to comply with the registration requirements of California Penal Code § 290, or who commit new sexual assault offenses through proactive surveillance and arrest of habitual sexual offenders.

The tri-county region has a total of 2219 registered CONTINUED »