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

In the early morning hours of August 30, 2010, members from the Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 700 block of Calle Contento, in the City of Thousand Oaks. Upon their arrival, they discovered a fire that had fully engulfed a shed in the backyard of the residence. The shed was adjacent to the residence and was a complete loss. The home also suffered major damage as a result of the fire. Two people in the home were alerted to the fire by their small dog and were able to exit the home safely.

Upon further investigation by police and fire personnel on scene, it was determined that the shed was being used to grow marijuana. Fire investigators determined the origin of the fire to be an overloaded electrical circuit leading to the shed.

Location: 700 Block of Calle Contento, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time/ RB#: August 30,2010 / Approximately 0330 hrs.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department & Ventura County Fire
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of Residence Age
Withheld

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Hoelker / Thousand Oaks Police Department
(805) 494-8200
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Date of Release: September 3, 2010
Approved By: Captain Eric Dowd

 


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

On 8-30-10, (V) Karl Windinwood went hiking on the Camino Cielo Trail in the Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Ca. During Windinwood’s hike, he lost the trail. He searched for a long time trying to locate the trail to hike out, but after several hours, was still lost. Windinwood had a cell phone and contacted his family. He explained that he would spend the night in the mountains and then try to find the trail again in the morning. Windinwood had prepared for his hike by bringing food and water.

On 8-31-10, Windinwood attempted to find the trail again, but had no success. Eventually, he drank his last bit of water and called his family. His family then called the Sheriff’s Department for help. The dispatchers were able to get a detailed location from Windinwood since he was familiar with the area. Deputies located his vehicle and Air Squad 6 was sent into the mountains to locate him.

After a short time, Air Squad 6 located Windinwood on the old and overgrown Camino Cielo trail. The helicopter was able to get close enough to the trail to hover load Windinwood on board. The flight paramedic examined Windinwood and determined he was fine with the exception of a few scratches. He was flown down to a landing area near the river bottom where deputies met with the helicopter crew and took Windinwood to his vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone who goes hiking to take plenty of food and water and a map of the area if you are unfamiliar with it. Windinwood had properly prepared by knowing the trail and taking the above precautions. Had he not done that, his situation could have been much worse.

Location: Camino Cielo Trail, Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County, Ca.

Date & Time: 8-31-10 / 1015 Hours
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Department / Aviation-SAR Unit
(V)ictim: Windinwood, Karl City of Residence: Ojai, Ca. Age: 55 years

Officer Preparing Release: Sr. Dep. Shane Matthews
Follow-up Contact: Sr. Dep. Shane Matthews 388-4212
Date of Release: 8-31-10
Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd

 


 

On Saturday August 28, 2010 at approximately 9:37pm, Santa Paula Police officers were conducting a routine patrol to the rear of the Ocean Gateway Inn, at 350 S. Peck Road. A random license plate check of a vehicle revealed that it was stolen out of the city of Bakersfield. Officers began conducting an investigation and determined the vehicle was associated with several subjects who were staying at the hotel. After conducting a surveillance two of the subjects were observed leaving the hotel, however they left in another vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and two subjects, Alexandra Zambrano, age 20 of Bakersfield, and Carina Licea, age 20 of Buckeye, Arizona were contacted. After a short investigation Zambrano was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle, prior to being towed, revealed a hidden compartment in the center console containing keys to the stolen vehicle. After further investigation Licea was arrested for stolen vehicle and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers then responded to the hotel to conduct a search of the hotel room where the suspects were staying. Found in the room were Juan Acevado, age 27 of Bakersfield, and Ramiro Landeros, age 21 of Santa Paula. Upon making contact Acevado was found in possession of brass knuckles and also had a felony no bail warrant for violation of parole. Upon making contact with Landeros he gave a false name however he was known by officers. Landeros was found to be in possession of a stolen 9mm handgun and had a felony no bail warrant for failure to register a firearm.

Cody Madison
Patrol Sergeant

 


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

On 08/25/10, deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the area of the Camarillo Train Station, located at 30 North Lewis Road. Deputies quickly discovered the body of a Hispanic adult male lying on the railroad tracks. There were obvious signs of extreme trauma and it appears that the victim was run over by a train. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office responded, as well as a Union Pacific Investigator. At this time it is unknown if this was an accident or a suicide.

The investigation is continuing and an autopsy will be performed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. Once the victim has been identified and next of kin has been notified the Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name and other medical information. For additional train information and schedules, contact Union Pacific.

As a result of the investigation, train service in Camarillo was stopped for about 3 hours, which included a passenger train. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, and who has not yet come forward, is asked to contact the Camarillo Police Department.

RB#: 10-20711

Location: 30 Lewis Road, Camarillo (Train Station)

Date & Time: 08-25-10/ 8:24 p.m. Unit Responsible: Camarillo Patrol

Victim: Address: Age:

(P1) Unknown Male Adult 20’s

Officer Preparing Release: Harold Hanley, Sergeant, (805) 388-5132

Follow-upContact: Harold Hanley, Sergeant, (805) 947-6022

Date of Release: 08/25/10

Approved By: Captain Rick Hindman

 


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

During the past two weeks the Ojai Valley has been plagued with several vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles. It was reported that a small red Toyota sedan was possibly involved in the thefts. Residents of the Ojai Valley assisted in helping the Ojai Valley deputies identify the suspects in the thefts by calling law enforcement for suspicious activity.

On 08/17/2010, the Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received several calls that involved a red Toyota sedan occupied by a male and female subject in the vehicle. During the investigation deputies located the two subjects and they were arrested for possession of stolen property and using a stolen credit card at a local restaurant. Stolen property from the Ojai Valley and the City of Santa Barbara was found in the vehicle. Some of the stolen property has been identified by victims and returned to them.

Both suspects were booked at the Ventura County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000 and $30,000.

Location: Ojai Valley Area (Ventura County)
Date & Time: 8/10/2010 to 8/17/2010
Units Responsible: Ojai Valley Sheriff’s Station Patrol
Ojai Police Department Investigations
(S)uspects City of residence Age
(S) Williams, David Transient in the Ojai Valley, CA. 26
(S) Campbell, Bridget Transient in the Ojai Valley, CA 21
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Mark Burgess. Ojai Valley Substation-Investigations
Follow-up Contact: Detective Mark Burgess. Ojai Police Department. (805) 646-1414
Date of Release: 8/20/2010
Approved by: Mike De Los Santos, Captain #0730

 


 
Adrianus C. Timmermans, Thousand Oaks, 32
Adrianus C. Timmermans, Thousand Oaks, 32

A 16-year-old girl was found inside the home of a Thousand Oaks man Tuesday evening after investigators learned the 32-year-old suspect had been having repeated sexual contact with the victim for the past two months.

The parents of the victim directed deputies to the home of Adrianus Timmermans, where their daughter was found in a bedroom. After interviewing the victim and suspect, investigators arrested Timmerman, who was later booked at the East County Jail on seven felony counts, including four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Timmermans remains in custody at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in lieu of $100,000.00 bail. Investigators are concerned there may be other victims who have had similar contact with Timmermans. Anyone with information about Timmermans can contact Detective Greg Tougas at (805)371-8397.

Location: 1300 block of East Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time/ RB#: Aug. 17, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m. / 10-19927

Unit Responsible: East County Sexual Assault Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Timmermans, Adrianus Thousand Oaks 32

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Eric Buschow

Follow-up Contact: Detective Eric Buschow (805)494-8226 / (805)947-8129

Date of Release: Aug. 20, 2010

Approved By: Capt. Bruce Watlington

 
500 block Santa Clara St., Fillmore
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

At approximately 7:18 a.m., 8-19-10, deputies with the Fillmore Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle-vs.-pedestrian collision in front of the bus stop in the 500 block of Santa Clara St., Fillmore. The accident investigation determined a sixteen-year-old pedestrian was walking north across Santa Clara St. and failed to yield to a black1997 Honda Civic, which had the right-of-way as it traveled eastbound on Santa Clara St. The pedestrian had complaints of pain to her leg, wrist, and neck and was transported to Santa Paula Hospital, but suffered no major injuries. The driver was uninjured and his car sustained minor damage.

The pedestrian was using a cell phone and may have been distracted at the time of the collision. The driver’s windshield was dirty and, as he was driving into the early-morning sunlight at the time of the collision, may have had impaired visibility. Neither party was cited.

The Fillmore Police Department reminds both drivers and pedestrians to avoid distractions while on the street and for drivers to maintain clean windows for everyone’s safety.

Report #: 10-0020122
Location: 500 block of Santa Clara St., Fillmore
Date & Time: 8-19-10 / 7:15 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Fillmore Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Residence Age
Pedestrian – Name withheld due to age Fillmore 16
Driver – Daniel Luna Fillmore 46
Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Kevin Vaden
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Kevin Vaden / 805-524-2233
Approved By: Captain Dave Murray

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

Camarillo detectives are currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred this morning around 8:15 am in Camarillo. The incident at this time is still under investigation and preliminarily appears to be accidental. The 9-year-old male was shot and received non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Los Robles Hospital for treatment.

Camarillo Police wants to take this opportunity to remind the community of the importance of gun safety. When the gun is not in your hands, you must still think of safety. Use a California-approved firearms safety device on the gun, such as a trigger lock or cable lock, so it cannot be fired. Store it unloaded in a locked container, such as a California-approved lock box or a gun safe. Store your gun in a different location than the ammunition. For maximum safety you should use both a locking device and a storage container Free DOJ approved gun locks are available at the Camarillo Police Station.

For more information regarding gun laws and safety go online to the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms, www.ag.ca.gov/firearms.

RB#: 10-20043
Location: 2700 block of Antonio, Camarillo CA
Date & Time: 8/18/2010 at 0815 hours
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age

Juvenile Male 13 years old
Juvenile Male 9 years old

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Julie Novak 947-6648

Follow-upContact: Novak: 947-6648

Approved By: Captain Monica McGrath

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

On 08-17-2010, John Hesson made a donation to the Sheriff’s Department K-9 program through the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Foundation (http://vcsdk9.org/). The donation was in memory of his wife who recently passed away. Mr. Hesson donated $22,000 to the program. The amount was sufficient to pay for a canine and all the requisite training to make the canine patrol ready. The German Shephard, named Renata, was named in honor of Mr. Hesson’s late wife Renee. Renata is the German translation of Renee.

Both John and Renee had for years admired the K-9 program run by the Sheriff’s Department. They were both inspired by its ability to be funded by donations. Mr. Hesson had always wanted to be a law enforcement officer, however, his career path took him in a different direction. Mr. Hesson made the decision to make the donation in his wife’s honor as a way to contribute to the program.

Location: Sheriff’s Department
Date & Time/ RB#: 08-17-2010, 1200
Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant James Fryhoff
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Vince Camou vince.camou@ventura.org
Date of Release: 08-18-2010
Approved By: Captain Ross Bonfiglio

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

In July of this year, Lockwood Valley deputies were told of a marijuana cultivation located in the Wagon Canyon area of the Los Padres National Forest near Lockwood Valley. The Sheriff’s Air Unit confirmed the validity of the report when several plots were observed. A possible access trail was identified leading from Lockwood Valley Road to the grow sites.

On August 10, Sheriff’s detectives and United States Forest Service personnel set up surveillance around the area and saw a sedan stop at the trail where a person got out of the vehicle and went into the brush. The vehicle then continued out of the area. Detectives later stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Bravo, who was subsequently arrested for conspiracy to cultivate marijuana.

A short time later, a van was seen stopped at the trail. The driver spent several minutes at the location acting in a way that led investigators to believe he was involved with the illegal marijuana cultivation. The van left the area and was later stopped by detectives. The driver, Guiltron, was arrested for conspiracy to cultivate marijuana.

Detectives could see a subject walking around the area of the trail to the illegal cultivation. They arrested Ayala when he attempted to flee into the darkness. He was later booked for conspiracy to cultivate marijuana.

Ayala is the roommate of Bravo and the uncle of Guiltron.

On August 11, members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit West County Street Team, the United States Forest Service, and the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement C.A.M.P. (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) eradicated the marijuana cultivation in Wagon Canyon. 27,961 marijuana plants were destroyed, this being the largest known single marijuana operation in Ventura County history. Investigators located a campsite although no one else seen in the area.

Location: Lockwood Valley Road

Date: August 10 & 11, 2010

Unit Responsible: Ventura County Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team

Suspects City of Residence Age
Alicia Bravo Compton 39
Francisco Guiltron Compton 25
Jaime Ayala Compton 35

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt Mike Horne
Follow-up Contact: Sgt Mike Horne 805-383-8700
Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd

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

Twenty-six year old gang member Anthony Beltran pled guilty to assault with a firearm and street terrorism yesterday in connection with a shooting that occurred last year in the unincorporated area of Saticoy.

On 10-15-2009, Sheriff’s units responded to a call of subjects shooting from a vehicle in the community of Saticoy. When units arrived, they were unable to locate any witnesses, victims, or physical evidence to show that a shooting had actually occurred.

Over the next few days, Sheriff’s gang investigators canvassed the neighborhood looking for anyone who might have seen or heard the shooting. Investigators were able to establish that a shooting had in fact been committed and located two uninjured victims.

Gang investigators were able to establish that around 6:45 P.M, the two victims went to 3 Amigo’s Market located at 1191 Alelia Ave., Saticoy. While at the market, they were approached by several gang members who asked the victims where they were from. During the confrontation, the victims were beaten and repeatedly told they were in the territory of the Saticoy gang. As the victims fled, they were shot at several times.

During the investigation, investigators searched several homes and known gang hangouts. They seized two shotguns, a rifle, and a handgun. They also recovered a spent bullet believed to have been fired at the victims.

Gang investigators were able to identify 26 year old Anthony Beltran and 16 year old Victor Hernandez as the suspects in the shooting. Investigators believed Hernandez shot at the victims at the direction of Beltran. During the first week in December, gang investigators arrested Beltran, Hernandez and a third suspect for the shooting.

On 12-4-2009, the District Attorney’s office filed adult criminal charges against 16 year old Hernandez and Anthony Beltran. Hernandez’ charges include attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and street terrorism. Beltran’s charges include assault with a firearm, two counts of battery, and street terrorism.

On 8-10-2010, Beltran pled guilty to assault with a firearm and street terrorism. He is scheduled to be sentenced on 10-8-2010. He faces up to 18 years in prison.

Hernandez remains in custody for attempted murder. He is scheduled to start jury trial next month.

RB#:09-26019

Location: 1191 Alelia Ave, Saticoy

Date & Time: 8/10/2010

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit

Suspects Charge City of Residence Age
Beltran, Anthony Attempted Murder Oxnard 26
Street Terrorism
Victor Hernandez Attempted Murder Saticoy 16
Street Terrorism

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Bill Schierman

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Bill Schierman 654-2856

Date of Release: 8-11-2010

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

On August 10, 2010, the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion robbery. A reporting party, Paulie Kosta, called 9-1-1 at about 9:44 a.m. to report the crime and stated multiple armed suspects were last seen at the residence in the 1200 block of El Monte Drive. Kosta said shots had been exchanged during his escape and a suspect was possibly down at the residence. Kosta appeared to be confused and was acting irrational to dispatchers during the report of the crime. Patrol deputies arrived at 9:49 a.m. and quickly secured the area. Several residences on El Monte Drive in the immediate area were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Deputies searched the victim’s residence but there were no suspects and no other victims. No one was injured in the reported incident.

After further investigation, investigators determined the incident reported to be a home invasion robbery did not occur and there were no outstanding suspects. As investigators interviewed Kosta, he continued to display bizarre behavior consistent with symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Investigators recovered the firearm and arrested Kosta for possession of a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance. Kosta was also arrested for shooting a firearm into an inhabited dwelling, the residence he was staying at on El Monte Drive.

A number of resources responded quickly to this incident including Patrol, Investigations, Special Enforcement Unit, Air Unit, K-9 units, and Traffic bureau. These valuable resources were committed to the incident for over three (3) hours. Detectives are continuing an investigation into the crime of falsely reporting an emergency, which could result in Kosta paying recovery costs for resources that responded to the incident.

Location: 1200 block of El Monte Dr., Thousand Oaks

Date & Time/ RB#: August 10, 2010/ 9:44 a.m./ 10-19309

Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Kosta, Paulie Thousand Oaks 45

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Don Aguilar

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349

Date of Release: 8/11/10

Approved By: Capt. Bruce Watlington

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

The County of Ventura is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to update the current Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This enables the County to be eligible to continue to receive certain forms of Federal disaster assistance.

The updated plan will provide a framework to identify local risks, prioritize requests, and seek Federal assistance to institute risk-reducing actions. This plan will also allow the County and the cities to participate in the Community Rating System, which is a proactive flood protection and public outreach program that can help property owners receive flood insurance rate discounts. The updated plan will be submitted to the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by fall of 2010.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with nine of the county’s cities and over thirty special districts, have launched a countywide effort to re-assess risks posed by man-made and natural disasters and identify ways to reduce those risks. A draft of the updated plan will be presented at the quarterly Emergency Planning Council meeting on October 22, 2010 and there will be an opportunity for public comments on the County website.

The current Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, as well as FEMA’s Fiscal Year 2010 and 2011 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance can be found on the County of Ventura website. To view these documents, residents may go to www.countyofventura.org/disasterinformation, and click on the Hazard Mitigation link.

For further information, please contact OES Assistant Director, Laura D. Hernandez at (805) 654-2552 or Gil Zavlodaver at Gil.Zavlodaver@ventura.org.

Date & Time: August 6, 2010 11:00 AM

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

Follow-up Contact: Laura D. Hernandez, OES Assistant Director at (805) 654-2552

Approved By: Commander Glenn Sander, West County Patrol Services

Date of Release: August 6, 2010

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

On 08-01-2010 at approximately 2102 hours, Fillmore Deputies were dispatched to 353 Fourth Street, reference a dispute involving a boat. While investigating the incident, the Deputies learned that (S) Michael Elliot May had battered one of the other involved parties. May was arrested for a violation of PC 242 – Battery. May’s vehicle was towed and during an inventory search of the vehicle, a concealed firearm was located in the glove box. May was also arrested for a violation of PC 12025(a)(1) – Possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle. May was transported and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.

Location: 353 Fourth Street, Fillmore

Date & Time/ RB#: 08-01-2010 @ 2102 hours / 10-18573

Unit Responsible: Fillmore Patrol (6B01)

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

(S) Michael Elliot May Fillmore 60

Officer Preparing Release: Sr. Deputy D. Hendren #3693

Follow-up Contact: Sr. Deputy D. Hendren
Fillmore Police Station
805-524-2233

Date of Release: 08-05-2010

Approved By: Sgt. Wareham

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

On 7/28/2010, at approximately 1715 hours, deputies assigned to the Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Sub-Station were dispatched to a battery victim in the 28500 block of Maricopa Highway (State Route 33). Deputies met with Gail Britt, who stated she was inside her home when the three suspects forced entry inside, assaulted and battered her, made death threats against her and her family, and dragged her throughout the home against her will. Deputies found visible injuries on Britt consistent with her statement. Medical personnel were summoned and transported Britt, to the Ojai Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. She was found to have sustained serious injuries. A search of Britt’s residence revealed evidence consistent with her statements.

Deputies contacted suspects Robert Chuk and Lori Murphy soon after and subsequently placed them under arrest. Deputies contacted suspect Adam Owen the following morning and placed him under arrest. All three suspects were arrested for felony violations of 459 PC (Burglary), 243(d) PC (Battery resulting in great bodily injury), 422 (Criminal Threats), and 207 PC (Kidnapping). During the investigation, the suspects made statements that corroborated the victim’s statements. All suspects were booked at the Ventura County Jail, where deputies requested a bail increase in the amount of 1 million dollars.

This incident stemmed from a landlord / tenant dispute, where the suspects were involved in a legal marijuana cultivation business, authorized by the California Health and Safety Code. This case has been submitted to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for filing.

Location: 3800 block Castle Creek. Maricopa (Ventura County)

Date & Time: 7/28/2010 / 2035 hours. - 7/29/2010 / 0945 hours

Units Responsible: Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Station Patrol
Ojai Police Department Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)witnesses City of residence Age

(V) Gail Britt. Maricopa (Ozena Valley), CA. 59
(S) Robert Chuk Maricopa (Camp Scheideck), CA 54
(S) Lori Murphy Maricopa (Ozena Valley), CA 50
(S) Adam Owen Maricopa (Ozena Valley), CA 28
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Ryan Clark. Lockwood Valley Patrol

Follow-up Contact: Detective Mark Burgess. Ojai Police Department. (805) 646-1414

Date of Release: 7/30/2010

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

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit arrested four people yesterday while conducting an anit-gang operation in the unincorporated area of El Rio. All four suspects are believed to be gang members or associates.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit served a narcotics search warrant and conducted several probation searches Thursday morning in the 2400 and 2500 blk of Balboa St. in the unincorporated area of El Rio. The anti-gang operation was in response to a recent rash of gang crimes within a half block area of Balboa St. The crimes included a shooting, arsons and numerous reports of gunshots fired in the early morning hours. During the searches, four people were arrested for narcotics related offenses.

Among the arrested was Omar Pacifuentes who was on probation for dissuading a witness in a criminal trial. As part of his probation terms, Pacifuentes was required to submit to a search by any law enforcement officer for firearms, weapons and narcotics. When gang officers contacted Pacifuentes at his residence in the 2500 blk of Balboa St., he was uncooperative and refused to let investigators search him. Pacifuentes fought with the investigators as they attempted to handcuff him. Investigators located a methamphetamine smoking pipe in Pacifuentes’ belongings and found that he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Pacifuentes was arrested for resisting arrest and being under the influence of narcotics.

All four people arrested were booked at the Ventura County Jail.

RB#: 10-18254

Location:2400 & 2500 Blk Balboa St., El Rio

Date & Time:7-29- 2010/ 0930

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit

(S)uspects Charge City of residence Age
Vincente Flores Under the influence of narcotics El Rio 24
Andrew Lozano Under the influence of narcotics El Rio 25
Omar Pacifuentes Under the influence of narcotics El Rio 20
Resisting arrest
Vanessa White Under the influence of narcotics El Rio 19

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt Bill Schierman

Follow-up Contact: Sgt Bill Schierman 654-3551

Date of Release:7-30-2010

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

On 7/28/2010, at approximately 1715 hours, deputies assigned to the Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Sub-Station were dispatched to a battery victim in the 28500 block of Maricopa Highway (State Route 33). Deputies met with Gail Britt, who stated she was inside her home when the three suspects forced entry inside, assaulted and battered her, made death threats against her and her family, and dragged her throughout the home against her will. Deputies found visible injuries on Britt consistent with her statement. Medical personnel were summoned and transported Britt, to the Ojai Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. She was found to have sustained serious injuries. A search of Britt’s residence revealed evidence consistent with her statements.

Deputies contacted suspects Robert Chuk and Lori Murphy soon after and subsequently placed them under arrest. Deputies contacted suspect Adam Owen the following morning and placed him under arrest. All three suspects were arrested for felony violations of 459 PC (Burglary), 243(d) PC (Battery resulting in great bodily injury), 422 (Criminal Threats), and 207 PC (Kidnapping). During the investigation, the suspects made statements that corroborated the victim’s statements. All suspects were booked at the Ventura County Jail, where deputies requested a bail increase in the amount of 1 million dollars.

This incident stemmed from a landlord / tenant dispute, where the suspects were involved in a legal marijuana cultivation business, authorized by the California Health and Safety Code. This case has been submitted to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for filing.

Location: 3800 block Castle Creek. Maricopa (Ventura County)

Date & Time: 7/28/2010 / 2035 hours. - 7/29/2010 / 0945 hours

Units Responsible: Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Station Patrol
Ojai Police Department Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)witnesses City of residence Age

(V) Gail Britt. Maricopa (Ozena Valley), CA. 59
(S) Robert Chuk Maricopa (Camp Scheideck), CA 54
(S) Lori Murphy Maricopa (Ozena Valley), CA 50
(S) Adam Owen Maricopa (Ozena Valley), CA 28
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Ryan Clark. Lockwood Valley Patrol

Follow-up Contact: Detective Mark Burgess. Ojai Police Department. (805) 646-1414

Date of Release: 7/30/2010

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

Shortly before 1900 hrs, Ojai area deputies responded to an injury traffic collision in the area of Cuyama and Del Norte Roads, in the City of Ojai. Witnesses reported that an 18-yr. old female, driving a Jeep convertible, was pulling Doolittle and another 18-yr. old male on their skateboards. While being pulled, Doolittle’s skateboard made contact with the right rear wheel of the Jeep, causing him to be ejected off his skateboard and onto the roadway surface.

Doolittle was unresponsive at the scene after sustaining head injuries. Ventura County Fire personnel from Station 21 responded along with Life Line Ambulance to the scene and began treating Doolittle. Doolittle stopped breathing at the scene and CPR was initiated, resulting in Doolittle being revived. Life Line Ambulance transported Doolittle to Ventura County Medical Center for additional treatment. During that treatment, Doolittle succumbed to his injuries.

The cause of the traffic collision is currently under investigation.

Report Number:
10-18567
Location:
929 Cuyama Road Ojai, Ca.
Date & Time:
August 1, 2010 @ 1847 hrs.
Unit Responsible:
Ojai Police Department, Traffic
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(D) Cody James Doolittle Ojai, Ca. 18 yrs.

Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Senior Deputy Jim Popp #1674 (805-646-1414)
Media Release Date:
August 2, 2010
Follow-Up Contact:
Senior Deputy Jim Popp #1674 (805-646-1414)
Approved by:
Captain Stephen Wade

 
Mac 12 machine pistol.
Mac 12 machine pistol.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit arrested 22 year old Manuel Camacho last night for the possession of a fully functional machine gun. The weapon was seized last month while investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred in the unincorporated area of El Rio.

On June 26, gang unit investigators arrested 21 year old Andrew Robles and 19 year old Daniel Magana for Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. The arrests were made as part of an investigation into a drive-by shooting that occurred on 4-30-2010. Investigators served a search warrant at Robles’ residence in the 2400 block of Lassen, Oxnard, and recovered a Mac 12 machine pistol. The weapon was found in the bedroom of Manuel Camacho. The weapon was sent to the Sheriff’s Firearms Forensics Unit where it was determined that it was a fully functional automatic machine pistol. The Mac 12 has a firing rate of over 1,000 rounds a minute.

On 7-30-2010, gang unit investigators located Camacho at his residence and he was arrested. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail where he remains on $10,000 bail.

RB#:10-18406

Location:2400 Blk Lassen St., Oxnard

Date & Time:7-30-2010 / 2130

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit

(S)uspects Charge City of residence Age
Camacho, Manuel Possession of Assault Weapon Oxnard 22

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt Bill Schierman

Follow-up Contact: Sgt Bill Schierman 654-3551

Date of Release:7-31-2010

Approved by: Capt. O’Hanlon

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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has a long-standing commitment in assisting inmates in custody through a variety of inmate services programs in our jails. On Thursday, August 26, 2010, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring the first In-Custody Job Fair for female inmates housed at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. A Job Fair for male inmates was held at the Todd Road Jail Facility in Santa Paula in 2009.

Ten to fifteen local employers will be invited to participate in this worthwhile event. In addition to employers, invitations will be extended to county and community-based organizations to provide valuable resources and/or information to those individuals nearing release from custody.

Approximately 60 female inmates enrolled in vocational and educational programs will be able to participate in the job fair. This event will give participants an opportunity to fill out applications, turn in resumes and interview with potential employers. All participating inmates have been preparing for the event by attending a variety of in-custody programs that have prepped them with the job skills necessary to interface professionally with potential employers.

The Sheriff’s Department is committed to its mission of providing the programs and resources necessary to reduce recidivism and to assist offenders in becoming productive members of our community. We feel strongly that this can only be achieved if there is a collaborative effort between our department and the community. There are a number of State and Federal incentives available to employers who hire ex-felons. The Sheriff’s Department urges all potential employers interested in participating in this event to contact the Inmate Services Unit at (805) 933-8561.

Location: Pre Trial Detention Facility
800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009

Date & Time: August 26, 2010 8:00 AM - Noon

Unit Responsible: Detention Services – Inmate Services Unit

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Jerry Hernandez

Follow-up Contact: Rosa Ramirez, Inmate Services Unit (805) 933-8561

Approved By:

Date of Release: 7/29/10