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

The Moorpark Special Enforcement/Gang Unit completed a lengthy investigation into numerous acts of graffiti vandalisms throughout the city of Moorpark, culminating in the arrest of Arturo Mendoza. Mendoza, who claimed to be a member of a local “Tagging Crew” was arrested and booked for 16 counts of felony graffiti vandalism. A tagging crew is a group of individuals who deface public and private property with spray paint, etching tools, and other materials. They typically display their tagging crew name and moniker to give noriety to their specific crew. This tagging crew has defaced public and private property dating back to August 2007. Some areas defaced include several private businesses on High Street, Chaparral Middle School, Arroyo Vista Park, vacant homes, Tierra Rejada Reservoir, businesses on Moorpark Avenue, retaining walls on Everett Street, Moorpark City Library, Moorpark Athletic Club, property belonging to Southern California Edison, Flory Academy Elementary School, and other properties belonging to the Moorpark Unified School District.

The Moorpark Special Enforcement/Gang Unit conducted investigations and followed up on anonymous tips from concerned citizens and as a result were able to arrest Mendoza for the crimes he committed. The total damage estimated by the various victims of this tagging crew totaled in excess of $23,000.00.

Location: City of Moorpark, CA

Date & Time: July 20, 2010 9:30 A.M.

Unit Responsible: Moorpark Special Enforcement / Gang Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses / Address / Age
Arturo Mendoza / Moorpark Resident / Age – 20 years

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Christopher Starks

Follow-up Contact: Detective Christopher Starks (805) 532-2700

Date of Release: July 23, 2010

Approved By: Captain Ron Nelson

 


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

On Friday, July 23, 2010, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit arrested an 18 year old gang member for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. The arrest is the result of a three-month investigation into a gang fight in which one subject stabbed, resulting in the loss of a kidney.

On April 18, 2010, deputies responded to a gang fight in the 3300 block of Santa Clara Ave., in the unincorporated area of Nyeland Acres. When they arrived, they found that all of the parties had fled. A short time later, a male victim showed up at Saint John’s Hospital with a single stab wound to his lower back. The victim was examined and it was found that his kidney was lacerated. The victim was taken into emergency surgery and his kidney was removed.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit took over the investigation and was able to identify several witnesses. Investigators found that the victim was stabbed during a fight between rival gangs involving at least 15 gang members.

On April 19, 2010, gang investigators identified 18 year old Geovanny Gonzales as a possible suspect. Gonzales was on probation for an armed robbery that he committed in 2008. Gang investigators arrested Gonzales that same day for violating the conditions of his probation while continuing their investigation into the stabbing. Gonzales has been in custody without bail since his arrest on April 19.

By July 23, 2010, gang investigators had collected enough evidence to arrest Gonzales for his part in the gang fight. He was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail. Gonzales remains in custody without bail.

Sheriff’s Gang investigators expect to make more arrests.

RB#:10-9268

Location: 3300 Block of Santa Clara Ave, Nyeland Acres

Date: July 23, 2010

Unit Responsible: Gang Unit

Suspect City of Residence Age
Geovanny Gonzales Oxnard 18

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Bill Schierman

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Bill Schierman 805-654-2856

Date of Release: July 24, 2010

 


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

On July 21, 2010, members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team, completed a two-month investigation into outdoor marijuana gardens along the Highway 33 corridor north of Ojai. Narcotics detectives identified several large gardens through aerial flights, and reports by responsible citizens.
The surveillance of these sites resulted in the arrest of eleven individuals and the seizure of approximately 23,476 marijuana plants, bringing the years’ total to 70,173. Two subjects were armed at the time of their arrest.

The gardens were located anywhere from a few hundred yards to several miles off the roadway, and often near popular hiking and recreation areas. In order to grow these marijuana plants, it is necessary for the growers to undercut the brush and trim back the overhead canopy to allow sufficient sunlight to get to the plants. The hillsides are terraced to allow for more plants, and as an easier way for the growers to water and fertilize them. Miles of irrigation pipe run from dammed streams or springs to provide water. These gardens wreak havoc on the environment and take years to recover. We have seen old grow sites that are known to be nearly twenty years old that have not fully recovered. Each garden held at least one campsite. Each campsite typically contains clothing, food, sleeping bags, propane stoves, fuel, and miscellaneous chemical fertilizers and poisons that are often illegal in this country. The use of these chemicals and destruction to the environment cause immeasurable damage to the deer, bear, rabbits, and other small animals in these areas.

The Sheriff’s Department warns those planning on visiting the Los Padres National Forest to be watchful for these illegal marijuana gardens. If you find yourself in a garden, quietly and quickly back out and call law enforcement as soon as possible. Growers are often armed and are protective of their gardens.

Location:
Highway 33 corridor above Ojai
Date & Time:
July 22, 2010
Unit Responsible:
Ventura County Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
Santos Enceso Fresno 43
Rosalio Mendoza Fresno 47
Jorge Cabrera Fresno 29
Jaime Flores Los Angeles 36
Jorge Talavera Bakersfield 47
Antonio Medina Bakersfield 42
Gustavo Estrella Port Hueneme 27
Enrique Ramos Port Hueneme 43
Jose Hernandez Camarillo 25
Arturo Hernandez Camarillo 20
Juvenile Bakersfield 17

Officer Preparing Release:
Sgt Mike Horne
Follow-up Contact:
Sgt Mike Horne (805)-383-8700
Approved by:
Captain Dave Murray
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).

 


 
County and city fire departments responded to a structure fire on Los Angeles Avenue in Bardsdale, Wednesday at approximately 3:00 p.m. A travel trailer caught fire after its owner attempted to ready the refrigerator for a trip. He was able to get the fire under control with a garden hose before firefighters arrived. Damage was moderate.
County and city fire departments responded to a structure fire on Los Angeles Avenue in Bardsdale, Wednesday at approximately 3:00 p.m. A travel trailer caught fire after its owner attempted to ready the refrigerator for a trip. He was able to get the fire under control with a garden hose before firefighters arrived. Damage was moderate.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On July 19, 2010, at approximately 5:19 AM, the Camarillo Police Department, Ventura County Fire Department and American Medical Response (AMR) responded to a single vehicle injury traffic accident. Numerous reporting parties advised of an accident on Upland Road, just east of Woodcreek Road.

Two Camarillo Police Department deputies were first on scene and found a grey Mazda Miata overturned, on the roadway. Upon investigation, Camarillo deputies found Voltaire Lebron (the solo occupant) trapped in the vehicle.

Lebron appeared to be conscious but injured. Lebron’s right arm was pinned under the vehicle and he was unable to free himself. The deputies lifted the vehicle, allowing Lebron to free his arm. The deputies then entered the overturned vehicle, through the passenger side door and unfastened Lebron’s seatbelt and freed his legs that were trapped under the steering column. They then pried the driver’s side door open and were able to pull Lebron from the vehicle. The preliminary traffic investigation revealed Mr. Lebron swerved in the roadway in order to avoid hitting an animal.

Lebron was transported by AMR to Los Robles Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Location: Upland Road at Woodcreek Road, Camarillo
Date & Time: July 19, 2010 at 5:19 AM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department
Victim: Voltaire Lebron Resident of: Simi Valley Age: 24

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Renee Ferguson
Follow-up Contact: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Unit (805) 388-5100
Approved By: Captain Monica McGrath

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

Moorpark Patrol deputies responded to a call of subjects drinking alcohol and tagging in the area of Peach Hill. The vandals used spray paint and markers to vandalize a community park. After surveilling the reported area, patrol deputies apprehended three suspects who were responsible for the acts of vandalism.

Based on evidence and information obtained during a subsequent investigation by the Moorpark Special Enforcement / Gang Unit, they identified one additional suspect and determined the acts of vandalism were gang related. The adult was arrested for an additional charge of Street Terrorism. In total, at least five current vandalism cases totaling over $5,000 worth of damage were cleared.

Location:
City of Moorpark

Date & Time:
July 13, 2010

Unit Responsible:
Moorpark Patrol, Moorpark Police Department’s Special Enforcement / Gang Unit

Suspects, Victims, Witnesses Address Age

(S) Juvenile Moorpark 16
(S) Juvenile Moorpark 16
(S) Juvenile Moorpark 14
(S) Male, Adult Moorpark 18

Officer Preparing Release: Detective J. Tedder

Follow-up Contact: Detective J. Tedder (805) 532-2648

Approved By: Captain D. Murray

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

On July 15, 2010 at 12:03 a.m. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department / Ojai Police Department responded to call of an ambulance follow-up of a male victim who had been stabbed in the 600 block of Oak Street in the city of Ojai. Prior to the arrival of deputies, the suspect(s) fled the scene. An extensive search for the suspect(s) was conducted with negative results. The victim received multiple stab wounds and was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura. The victim did not receive life-threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition. Investigation revealed an undisclosed amount of money was taken from the victim during the attack.
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).

Location: 600 Block of Oak Street, City of Ojai
Date & Time/ RB#: July 15, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m. / 10-17029
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Department / Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Unknown Male
(V) Male Ojai 29

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy William Therrien
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Date of Release: July 15, 2010
Approved By: Detective Sergeant Joe Evans

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

Fillmore Police Blotter
07/01/10 – 07/07/10
07/01/10
Vandalism - 100 Block Main St.
Theft Residential – 400 Block 2nd St.
07/02/10
Theft Other - 1200 Block El Paseo St.
Search Warrant – 400 Block Fillmore St.
Keep the Peace – 1000 Block Wileman St.
Burglary Vehicle – B St. / Goodenough Rd.
07/03/10
Fight – 900 Block 3rd St.
Fight – Shiells Park
Burglary Other - 900 Block Ventura St.
Burglary Vehicle – 700 Block Del Valle Dr.
07/04/10
Keep the Peace – 500 Block Sespe Ave.
Keep the Peace – 500 Block Sespe Ave.
Vandalism – Ay Chihuahua
Vandalism – 900 Block Meadowlark Dr.
Vandalism – 200 Block Sierra Vista Ave
Vandalism – 900 Block Ventura Ave
ADW Report – 3rd St. / Boulder St.
07/05/10
Vandalism – 1100 Block El Paseo St.
Keep the Peace – 400 Block A St.
Fight – Mallard St. / Sespe Ave.
07/06/10
Theft Other – 800 Block 4th St.
Search warrant – 400 Block River St.
Vandalism – 400 Block Ventura St.
07/07/10
Vandalism – 300 Block Main St.
Arrest – 800 Block Sespe Ave.
Search Warrant – 900 Block 1st St.

 
Enrique Martinez
Enrique Martinez

On Sunday evening, witnesses reported that an intoxicated man, possibly armed with a handgun, was threatening people in the 2600 block of Cortez Street in El Rio. Numerous law enforcement personnel from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Oxnard Police Department responded to the area within minutes. The area was contained, effected residents were evacuated, and specialty units such as the Sheriff’s SWAT and Tactical Negotiations Unit arrived on scene.

Shortly after the incident began (approximately 6:22 pm), the suspect, Enrique Monarrez Martinez, entered an SUV parked on the street and a four-hour standoff began. As part of a SWAT operation, a Sheriff’s robot approached the vehicle and shattered one of the windows of the SUV. Martinez surrendered shortly thereafter.

A small caliber handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle. Martinez was arrested for numerous violations including, criminal threats, possession of a concealed firearm, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, exhibiting a deadly weapon, and vandalism over $400. Martinez was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility and is currently in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Location: 2600 Block of Cortez Street, El Rio
Date & Time: July 11, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Headquarters Station
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Witnesses) Age City of Residence
(S) Enrique Monarrez Martinez 27 El Rio

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Approved By: Captain Dave Murray
Date of Release: July 12, 2010

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

In recognition of National Night Out, the Camarillo Police and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting an open house for the public on Saturday, July 24th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. National Night Out is a program designed to heighten crime and drug awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

There will be numerous displays of the Camarillo Police Department’s resources and other law enforcement related equipment and technology. McGruff, the Crime Fighting Dog, will be greeting kids and their parents. Representatives of the Camarillo Police Department will be conducting guided tours of the facility throughout the event.

Visitors to the event will see demonstrations from a K-9 Deputy and his dog, Mounted Patrol, SWAT team members, Bomb Disposal Vehicle and robot, patrol vehicle, police motorcycles, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Camarillo Police mobile command post.

We will have a jolly jump, face painting, games, and Kid Print fingerprint ID for children. There will also be a tricycle course for young children with an emphasis on bicycle safety. Make sure to bring your cameras because there will be plenty of picture taking opportunities. There are no fees for events and activities.

Refreshments will be available to those attending. For additional information contact Camarillo’s Crime Prevention Officer @ 388-5130.

Location: 3701 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA. 93010
Date: Saturday, July 24th, 2010
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Sean Britt
Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Sean Britt
Approved By: Captain Monica McGrath

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

On July 7, 2010 at approximately 2:00 PM a helicopter was requested for a victim who was stranded on a cliff in the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the ocean, near Sycamore Cyn. Upon arrival the helicopter crew noticed that a young girl was stranded approximately 200 feet up the cliff side clinging to a rock outcropping. The girl’s father had climbed the rocky cliff but was only able to ascend to within 40 feet of his daughter. A California State Park Ranger had climbed up to her location and was helping her remain calm while sizing up the rescue options.

The Sheriff’s Department helicopter, piloted by Kim Bergeson responded with a rescue crew comprised of AMR Paramedic Vanvlymen, Fire Captain Monday, Fire Fighter Golden and Sheriff’s Sergeant Underlin. Fire Fighter Golden was hoisted out of the hovering helicopter approximately 100 feet down to the stranded girl to assess her condition. Golden was able to cling to the rock face next to the victim and communicate to the helicopter that the victim was uninjured but unable to climb down due to the unstable rock conditions.

Fire Fighter Golden was able to attach a rescue rope to a small bush that was growing out of the rock and both the girl and the ranger were able to safely descend the cliff face with the aid of the rope to waiting emergency personnel.

Golden was then able to untie the rescue rope from the small bush and he was hoisted back into the helicopter.

While rock climbing can be a safe activity, it requires proper safety equipment and training. Rock conditions along the Pacific Coast in Ventura County are inherently unsafe due to the unstable shale rock and a lack of safe areas where proper climbing equipment can be utilized.

Location: Santa Monica Mountains, Sycamore Cyn. Malibu CA
Date & Time: 07/7/2010 1:54 PM
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Aviation Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
V-1 Juvenile Female Ontonagon, Mich 11

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant F. Underlin
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant F. Underlin 947-8196
Date of Release: 7-7-2010

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

On June 5, 2010, Moorpark Police Detectives concluded a lengthy investigation culminating in the arrest of four juvenile suspects, who were responsible for 27 separate acts of graffiti vandalism throughout various locations in the City of Moorpark, over the period of the past 1½ years. The damage caused by the suspects amounted to approximately $50,000. All four juveniles were lodged in juvenile hall and are awaiting court proceedings related to their crimes.

In its mission to aggressively address the problem of graffiti in the community, as well as the rising costs associated with the investigation and cleanup of graffiti damage, the City of Moorpark began using a municipal ordinance that allows the City to recover its costs. The ordinance allows the City to charge the parents of juvenile graffiti vandalism suspects, or adult suspects, up to $10,000 per chargeable crime in order to recover costs.

Bills totaling nearly $20,000 were sent to the parents of the four juvenile suspects. The bills cover the costs spent by police personnel, as well as other City personnel’s time and material to repair damage to City property. The bills do not address the damage to private property, which the suspects will be responsible for if convicted of the crimes.

The City of Moorpark and its Police Department are committed to addressing the issue of graffiti vandalism in the community. Doing so is increasingly costly. It is hoped that through this cost recovery program, those persons who commit graffiti vandalism will bear the costs of cleanup and investigation. It is also hoped that the program will be an incentive for graffiti vandals to stop their criminal activity.

Location: City of Moorpark, CA
Date & Time: July 1, 2010 / 3:00 PM
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Police Department / Moorpark Finance Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
4 Male Juveniles 15-17

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Ron Nelson
Follow-up Contacts: Captain Ron Nelson (805) 532-2705
Hugh Riley, Assistant City Manager, (805) 517-6215
Date of Release: July 1, 2010
Approved By:

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

On 6/28/2010, the Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Unit arrested a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant, Steven Flamm, for a burglary that occurred at Sears on 6/3/2010. Flamm was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility after arriving for court on an unrelated theft case.

Flamm’s arrest came after a three-week investigation where he was suspected of shoplifting several video games, valued at $900.00. Flamm was initially seen by an alert Sears’ employee who captured Flamm’s actions on a surveillance camera. Detectives determined they had probable cause to arrest him after reviewing the surveillance video.

Location: Sears - 145 W. Hillcrest Dr., Newbury Park

Date & Time/ RB#: June 3, 2010 @ 3:30 P.M./ RB#10-13392

Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department / Investigations Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Flamm, Steven Moorpark 44

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Sergeant M. Gillette

Follow-up Contact: Detective Matt Young / (805) 494-8227

Date of Release: June 28, 2010

Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

 

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Charles Smith aka “Chuck Smith” (DOB 11/17/1949) of Camarillo was sentenced to 180 days in the Ventura County jail and placed on felony probation for three years after pleading guilty to four counts of felony tax evasion. The case against Smith resulted from an investigation by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

The FTB's investigation revealed Smith and his corporation, C&J T-28 Parts Sales Inc. (located at the Camarillo Airport ), failed to file state tax returns from 2000 to 2008. C&J T-28 Parts Sales Inc. failed to report over $10 million of earned income, and Smith failed to report over $1.8 million in personal earned income.

Smith avoided a lengthy prison sentence by filing his delinquent personal and corporate state tax returns, and paying the FTB $313,764 in restitution, prior to his sentencing hearing. The $313,764 consisted of back taxes, interest, penalty assessments, and the costs of the FTB's investigation. Smith also had to pay the Ventura County District Attorney's Office $4,419 for the costs of prosecuting the case.

According the FTB, the failure to file income tax returns is part of the $6.5 billion tax gap California faces each year. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax that is owed and the tax that is actually paid.

 
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California State Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Justin McGrory of Victorville, CA:

“Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of CHP Officer Justin McGrory. He was selfless and dedicated, and committed his life to protecting the safety of all Californians. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Justin’s family, loved ones, and the entire Victorville community as they mourn the loss of a father, son and outstanding officer.”

Officer McGrory, 28, died June 27, after succumbing to injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and their three children.

In honor of Officer McGrory, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

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

After investigating a shooting that occurred on 4-30-10 in the unincorporated area of El Rio, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit arrested two suspects yesterday, 6-25-10, for Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. The two suspects are believed to belong to a local street gang.

On 4-30-2010, at about 3:45 P.M., four victims were walking near the intersection of Vineyard Ave. and Forest Park Blvd. in the unincorporated area of El Rio. While walking, a vehicle occupied by two males passed them. The two males flashed gang signs at the victims and asked them where they were from. The victims believed they were about to be assaulted and ran to Orange Drive. The two males drove after the four victims and caught up to them as they entered a residence in the 100 block of Orange Drive. As the suspect vehicle passed the residence, the suspects fired one round at the victims.

Patrol deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit responded to the scene and were able to recover a shell casing and speak with several witnesses. Over the next week, gang investigators collected enough evidence to identity the driver of the vehicle as Daniel Magana.

On 5-10-2010, investigators from the Gang Unit served a search warrant at Magana’s residence in the 2600 block of Colonia Ave. Items recovered from the residence, as well as additional information obtained over the next several weeks, led investigators to identify the second subject as Andrew Robles.

On 6-26-10, investigators arrested Robles and Magana for Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. Investigators served a search warrant at Robles’ residence and recovered a Mac 12 type machine pistol. Investigators are waiting on the analysis of the firearm to determine if it was used in the shooting.

Robles remains in custody on $100,000 bail. Magana remains in custody on $200,000 bail.

RB#: 10-10331

Location: 100 Block of Orange Drive, El Rio

Date: 4-30-2010

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit

(S)uspects Charge City of Residence Age
Daniel Magana Assault with Deadly Weapon Oxnard 19
Street Terrorism
Andrew Robles Assault with Deadly Weapon Oxnard 21
Street Terrorism

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Bill Schierman

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

Date of Release: 6-26-2010

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

On June 25, 2010, at about 3:30 a.m., Camarillo deputies responded to the 800 block of Calle Portilla for a report of suspicious subjects dressed in black.

Upon the deputies’ arrival, the suspects fled on foot. One suspect was seen jumping a fence into a backyard. Deputies subsequently discovered the suspects were stealing items from unlocked cars. They requested the assistance of a K-9 unit and began searching for the suspects.

At about 4:50 a.m., with the assistance of the K-9, one suspect, Mark Gonzales, was located lying in a cement planter in the 500 block of Calle Castano. There was also a backpack found near Gonzales that contained a stolen handgun. Deputies consequently requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter.

At about 5:45 a.m., a second suspect, Michael Dryer, was located while hiding in a shed in the 1600 block of Calle Del Manzano. Dryer was found wearing only his underwear. He was uncooperative and would not comply with the deputy’s directions and suffered a minor dog bite.

At about 6:55 a.m., the third suspect, Aaron Morua was located in the 800 block of Sausalito. Morua was found in possession of a backpack that contained a loaded handgun.

All three suspects were booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, and carrying a concealed firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.00. The investigation is ongoing.

Location: Camarillo
Date & Time: June 25, 2010

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses, (P)arties Age
(S1) Aaron Morua, Oxnard Resident 22 Years
(S2) Michael Dryer, Santa Paula Resident 18 Years
(S3) Mark Gonzales, Santa Paula Resident 21 Years

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant J. Devorick
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant J. Devorick (805) 388-5133
Approved By: Captain Monica McGrath

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

On 06-25-10, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Ojai Valley Station responded to a report of an indecent exposure. The initial investigation revealed a male suspect had exposed himself to three children in the greenbelt area adjacent to Pegusas Street and Silver Spur Street, in Miramonte. The three female victims were ages 8, 12, and 12. The suspect also solicited one of the 12 year old victims during the indecent exposure. Independent witnesses saw the suspect get into a silver VW Jetta station wagon and leave the area.

The investigating deputy immediately radioed a suspect broadcast for the other deputies searching the area. Within minutes, deputies spotted the VW northbound on Ojai Avenue coming from the Miramonte area. Deputies confirmed the driver of the VW, Brandon Torres (age 26), was the same suspect from the Miramonte incident. Torres was arrested and later booked at the county jail for felony charges of Penal Code 314.1 / Indecent Exposure with a Prior Conviction and Penal Code 646.7 / Child Annoying with a Prior Conviction. Torres’ bail was set at 60,000.00.

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Randy Watkins
Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Maureen Hookstra , Ojai Valley Station (805) 646-1414

 
Murat Aksu, age 32 of Ventura
Murat Aksu, age 32 of Ventura
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On June 18, 2010, Sheriff’s Deputies working at the Ventura County Courthouse were notified by other Government Center employees that a man on the grounds was acting suspiciously. Deputies began looking for the person and eventually found the suspect, 32-year-old Murat Aksu. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Aksu was secretly videotaping under women’s skirts as they walked to and from the Government Center Complex without their knowledge by use of a miniature video camera hidden in a briefcase. Aksu engaged his victims in conversation while the videotaping was occurring.

During the investigation, investigators seized video evidence supporting the allegations. Other information indicates that Aksu had been walking around the complex wearing a government I.D. around his neck giving him an official appearance. Information from witnesses indicates that Aksu may have been periodically conducting this activity from as early as February 2010. Anyone who may have witnessed or been victimized by this activity is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Major Crime Unit at 805‐477‐7000.

Aksu was arrested on June 18th for using a concealed camera to secretly videotape another and was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. He was released on June 19th after posting a $10,000 bond.

Location: Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura CA
Date: June 18, 2010
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Witnesses) Age City of Residence
(S) Murat Aksu 32 Ventura

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Date of Release: June 25, 2010

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

On Wednesday, June 23rd, the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation at the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Oak View Drive. At this intersection, there is a clearly marked crosswalk designed to allow pedestrians to safely cross Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

Three Traffic Bureau employees dressed in civilian clothes were used to walk back and forth in the crosswalk during a two-hour period. Motorcycle officers assigned to the Traffic Bureau monitored the crosswalk for motorists failing to yield to the pedestrians. During this time period, thirty-one (31) failure to yield violations were observed. All of the drivers who committed the violations were stopped and issued citations. Additionally, one of those drivers was an unlicensed driver. That driver was also issued a citation for driving without a license and his car was towed.

Due to the high number of violations observed during this time period, the Traffic Bureau will continue conducting pedestrian enforcement operations at various locations throughout the City.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to pay attention while driving near crosswalks and to actively look for pedestrians crossing the street. Additionally, pedestrians are urged to always use crosswalks and to continuously scan the roadway in both directions for cars that are approaching and not slowing down or stopping.

Location: Thousand Oaks Boulevard @ Oak View Drive
Date & Time: June 23, 2010 / 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Rick Harwood
Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Rick Harwood (805) 494-8271
Date of Release: 6/24/2010
Approved by: Capt. Bill Ayub