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

During the first week of May two businesses in the downtown area of Ojai were vandalized with red spray paint. The vandalism included the moniker of the “tagger.” During the investigation, Deputy Gunnar Dike recognized the moniker as that of a subject he knew from prior criminal contact. Deputy Dike conducted a probation search and located evidence linking Sangster to both vandalisms. Sangster was arrested without incident for 2 counts of misdemeanor vandalism and was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Location: 200 Block of Bryant Street and 300 Block East Ojai Avenue, Ojai
Date / RB#: May 14, 2010 RB#:10-10842
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department / Ojai Substation
(S)Suspect City of Residence Age
(S) Ian Sangster Ojai 19

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Maureen Hookstra
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Maureen Hookstra / Ojai Police Department (805) 646-1414
Date of Release: May 14, 2010
Approved By: Capt. C. Dunn

 


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

On the afternoon of 05-13-10, at about 4:30 p.m., Moorpark patrol deputies were sent to a call of a male subject who was attempting to purchase multiple gift cards and/or merchandise at a retail store in the Moorpark Marketplace mall. The subject had used several credit cards with different names to complete these transactions. Deputies subsequently contacted two persons in the mall’s parking lot associated with the call. These persons were later identified as Mario Almaguer-Lopez and Miguel Gomez, both from Los Angeles.

Upon further investigation at the scene, Almaguer-Lopez and Gomez were found in possession of numerous access cards whose magnetic strips were re-encoded with access card account information belonging to other persons. In addition, deputies found receipts for the store and items purchased at the store. These items were determined to have been purchased at the store with the re-encoded access cards that the suspects had in their possession. Almaguer-Lopez and Gomez both admitted to knowing the access cards were fraudulent. Both subjects were arrested at the scene.

Almaguer-Lopez and Gomez were later brought to the Ventura County Main Jail where they are waiting arraignment on the following charges: commercial burglary, identity theft, and conspiracy. In addition, Almaguer-Lopez was also arrested for false personation of another.

Location: 800 block of Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark, CA.
Date & Time/ RB#: May 13, 2010 @ 5:00 p.m. / 10-11489
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Mario Almaguer-Lopez Los Angeles 33
(S) Miguel Gomez Los Angeles 38

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Ed Ilano
Follow-up Contact: Detective Ed Ilano (805) 532-2714
Date of Release: May 14, 2010
Approved By: Captain Ron Nelson

 


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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has ceased operation and testing of the Casitas Warning System, and released the system for disposal.

The eleven-site system, and two control stations have been offered as surplus property, and will be sold by sealed bid. The sale is being administered by County Procurement Services. Bids will be received until 4:00 pm Tuesday, May 18th, 2010. Further information about the system and sale may be found at: http://gsa.countyofventura.org . The successful bidder will be required to obtain all necessary permits to remove the system, and restore each site to it’s original condition.

The system, originally installed in 1999 during the seismic retrofit of the Casitas Dam, has been superseded by the modernized Emergency Alert System, the Reverse 911® and Code Red® Telenotification Systems installed by the County and City of Ventura. In addition, maps and evacuation information may be found on the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services website: http://www.vcsd.org/oes .

Date & Time: May 11, 2010
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services

Release Prepared by: Dale Carnathan, OES Program Administrator (805) 654-5152
Follow-up Contact: Dale Carnathan, (805) 654-5152 (dale.carnathan@ventura.org)
Date of Release: May 12, 2010
Approved By: Captain D. Murray

 
Sheriff Arpaio's letter to Al Sharpton.
Sheriff Arpaio's letter to Al Sharpton.
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Reverend Al Sharpton
106 West 145th Street
Harlem, New York City, New York 10039
Fax: 212 690 3070

Dear Reverend Sharpton:

I have read about you with much interest since learning of the protest you plan to lead against me in Maricopa County in June as a way to force my resignation or removal from office.

Your public proclamation leads me to the conclusion: not only do you not understand Arizona; you also do not understand democracy. As the elected Sheriff who, so far has been elected to five consecutive four-year terms, I answer to the four million residents of Maricopa County. I do not answer to the whims of the media, or locally and nationally elected officials who want open borders and who have their own agendas. Nor do I answer to a publicity hound outside interloper who has demonstrated no interest in looking for the truth before making loud uninformed noises.

While your public outcries are colorful, there are several instances where you have inserted yourself into other people's affairs without knowing any of the facts. Poor judgment has caused you plenty of trouble in the past and promises to do so again. Most earnest people want to learn by their mistakes. You seem to glory in repeating them.

I would like to help you avoid further embarrassment by assisting in your understanding of the illegal immigration problem here in my county. When and if you do make the trip here, I invite you to call me to talk about these false allegations.

We can discuss how my deputies are extensively trained by the federal government to properly combat illegal immigration and how the laws of this state allow this Sheriff's Office to question and investigate the immigration status of those people deputies detain in the course of our everyday law enforcement duties.

Don't make the same mistake made by the four Democratic Congressmen calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of this office. They and other politicians relied solely on media reports and anti-law enforcement handouts that are replete with inaccuracies. They have brainwashed a handful of local residents to believe these lies. Rest assured that the men and women of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office do not racially profile anyone.

However, we do enforce the state and federal illegal immigration laws. And we will continue to do so as long as these laws are on the books. You can parachute into town, stomp your feet up and down and hold more press conferences against me -- that is a hallmark of democracy too -- but you will not stop me, nor slow me down for one second, from doing what is right.

Before you bring your circus to town and take to our streets by marching against this Sheriff, let's get you fully informed for a change. Congressman John Conyers did not have the courtesy to respond to my invitation to visit with me personally. I hope you will consider my invitation. Surely, a man like yourself -- a reverend -- who famously preaches from the church pulpit understands the infinite wisdome of these words: You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Let's talk about the truth, Reverend. I await your response.

Sincerely,

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Joe Arpaio
Sheriff, Maricopa County

 
California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

On May 10, 2010 at about 11:40 am, a major injury traffic collision involving four vehicles occurred on northbound US-101 south of State Beaches.

Lonnie Pendleton, age 53 of New Braunfels Texas, was driving a big rig truck (truck tractor/trailer combination) northbound on US-101 in the #2 lane south of State Beaches. Mark Powell, age 36 of Santa Maria, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe and was stopped in heavy traffic in the #2 lane on northbound US-101 south of State Beaches. Carlos Figueroa, age 44 of Santa Barbara, was stopped in his 1995 Geo Metro directly ahead of Powell’s vehicle. Dean Gordon, age 48 of Buellton, was driving a white Chevrolet flatbed tow truck and was stopped in the #1 lane ahead of Figueroa’s vehicle. Traffic was backed up in the area due to a lane closure as construction crews were repairing a large hole in the roadway on northbound US-101 north of State Beaches.

As Pendleton traveled northbound on US-101 in the #2 lane, he suddenly traffic stopped ahead of him. He applied his brakes but could not stop in time to avoid a collision. The front end of Pendleton’s big rig truck struck the rear end of Powell’s vehicle. The force of that collision pushed Powell’s vehicle forward and it struck the rear end of Figueroa’s vehicle. Powell’s vehicle then veered left and struck the rear end of Gordon’s tow truck.

Pendleton and Gordon were not injured in the collision. Powell sustained facial abrasions and a broken tooth in the collision. Powell’s wife, Stacie age 33, complained of neck and back pain from the collision. The Powell’s two children, a two year old daughter and a 10 month old son, were both secured in car seats in the rear seat. The Powell’s son suffered a chest contusion and their daughter sustained facial contusions and possible foot fracture as a result of the collision.

The Powell’s were taken by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center. Stacie Powell and both children were admitted to the hospital for observation. Figueroa and his passenger, Sandra Petatan age 28 of Santa Barbara, both complained of neck and back pain from the collision. They were taken by ambulance to Community Memorial hospital.

The collision is still under investigation.

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

A 48-year old inmate was found hanging in his cell at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Todd Road Jail Facility near Santa Paula. Deputies and jail medical personnel immediately initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and were able to establish a pulse. The Fire Department and Paramedics arrived quickly at the jail and transported the inmate to Santa Paula Hospital where he was placed on life support. After consulting with doctors, Vizuete’s family ultimately agreed to remove him from life support today at approximately 9:50 A.M.

Deputies conduct frequent and regular checks of each cell in the jail; deputies had checked on the area housing Mr. Vizuete approximately 30 minutes prior to this incident and noted nothing unusual.

Vizuete was arrested and booked by the Oxnard Police Department for Disobeying a Domestic Relations Court Order and Failure to register as a Sex Offender on January 18, 2010.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit responded to the jail and is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the inmate’s death. The preliminary investigation indicates that foul play is not suspected.

RB#: 10-10521
Location: Todd Road Jail Facility, Santa Paula, CA
Date & Time: May 2, 2010 / 8:30 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Detention Services Division
Name of Subject: City of residence Age
Carlos Antonio Vizuete Oxnard 48

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Jerry Hernandez
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Approved By: Captain R. Pentis
Date of Release: May 4, 2010

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

On October 9, 2009, at approximately 2:10 a.m. a California Highway Patrol officer observed a vehicle exiting the northbound 101 freeway at Camarillo Springs Road and fail to stop for a stop sign. When the vehicle was stopped a hysterical female exited the vehicle and ran toward the officers.

The driver of the vehicle, Maximo Tamayo-Flores, sped off. After a short pursuit, the driver crashed through a guard rail on Adohr Lane and was taken into custody for evading arrest. Tamayo-Flores was later arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for injuries sustained by one of the California Highway Patrol officers.
During the subsequent investigation the female passenger told deputies that Maximo Tamayo-Flores had shot Ramon Quintero and dumped his body along the Pacific Coast Highway.

During the afternoon of 10/10/09, a subject walking along the Pacific Coast Highway between Faria Beach and Solimar Beach discovered the body of Ramon Quintero.

The autopsy of Ramon Quintero determined that he died from a single gunshot wound. The case was ruled a homicide.

With the assistance of the Ventura County Forensic Services Bureau, the investigation continued. Along with the eye-witness statement, Maximo Tamayo-Flores was linked to the homicide via DNA evidence.

Today, 4/30/2010 at approximately 1130 hours, the Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau arrested Maximo Tamayo-Flores for the murder of Ramon Quintero. Tamayo-Flores will continue to be held at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility with a bail of $500,000.

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: Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura
Date & Time/ RB#: April 30, 2010 @ 1130 hrs. / 09-24875
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes-Homicide
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(V) Quintero, Ramon Rodriguez Oxnard 66
(S) Tamayo-Flores, Maximo Oxnard 59
(W) Adult Female Oxnard 31

Officer Preparing Release: Sr. Dep. Dan Hawes
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Date of Release: April 30, 2010
Approved By: Captain F. O’Hanlon

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

On Saturday, May 1, at about 9:50 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department received a call of three male suspects jumping a fence to enter the school grounds. Patrol deputies from the Camarillo Station arrived at the school within minutes and established a perimeter around the school. The suspects fled the area on foot, running in different directions. After brief foot pursuits, patrol deputies apprehended two of the suspects, both 17-year-old males from Camarillo.

A helicopter from the Sheriff’s Air Unit and a K-9 were called in to assist with the search for the third suspect. The area residents were notified about the incident via Reverse 911. An extensive search failed to locate the third suspect. It was determined the suspects burglarized two classrooms at the school. The stolen property from the school was recovered.

During the investigation, the third suspect who avoided capture was identified as a 17-year-old male from Camarillo. Deputies assigned to the Special Enforcement Detail at the Camarillo Station located the suspect at his residence and arrested him. All 3 suspects were booked for burglary at Juvenile Hall.

Location: El Descanso Elementary School, 1099 Bedford Drive, Camarillo
Date & Time: May 1, 2010 / Approximately 9:50 AM

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Scott Peterson, Camarillo Station
Follow-up Contact: Detective Scott Peterson, 388- 5115
Approved By: Captain R. Hindman

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

On 5-1-10, at approximately 4:33p.m., Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the West County Patrol / Ojai Station, responded to a report of a battery. Upon arrival, the deputies discovered that the victim, a 38 year old from Ventura, had been struck several times with a hard object about his head and face. The victim refused medical treatment for his injuries. During the investigation, Jeremy Evan Raoult was identified the suspect in the attack.

The deputies were able to locate the suspect at 5013 Floral Drive in the unincorporated area of Ventura. As they approached the residence, the suspect ran out the back door and attempted to flee the area. The deputies were able to contain the suspect and, after a brief struggle, take him into custody.

During the incident, a deputy was confronted by an aggressive pit bull. The situation resulted in the deputy shooting and killing the aggressive dog.

The suspect was arrested and booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting Arrest, and an active parole hold.

Location: 5013 Floral Drive, Ventura,
Suspect: Jeremy Evan Raoult 40 years Ventura
Date & Time: 5-1-10 / 4:33 p.m.
Unit Responsible: West County / Ojai Valley Patrol Units

Press Release written by: Sgt. J.P.Ruby #1852
Follow-up Contact: Ojai Station Detective Steve Michalec
805 / 646-1414
Date of Release: 5-2-10
Approved by: Capt. R. Hindman

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

On October 9, 2009, at approximately 2:10 a.m. a California Highway Patrol officer observed a vehicle exiting the northbound 101 freeway at Camarillo Springs Road and fail to stop for a stop sign. When the vehicle was stopped a hysterical female exited the vehicle and ran toward the officers.

The driver of the vehicle, Maximo Tamayo-Flores, sped off. After a short pursuit, the driver crashed through a guard rail on Adohr Lane and was taken into custody for evading arrest. Tamayo-Flores was later arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for injuries sustained by one of the California Highway Patrol officers.
During the subsequent investigation the female passenger told deputies that Maximo Tamayo-Flores had shot Ramon Quintero and dumped his body along the Pacific Coast Highway.

During the afternoon of 10/10/09, a subject walking along the Pacific Coast Highway between Faria Beach and Solimar Beach discovered the body of Ramon Quintero.

The autopsy of Ramon Quintero determined that he died from a single gunshot wound. The case was ruled a homicide.

With the assistance of CONTINUED »

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

On 4-28-2010, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department East County Narcotic Street Team received a crime stopper’s report that Robert Rubio and his 16-year-old female companion were selling heroin in the Newbury Park area of Thousand Oaks. Narcotic investigators along with the city of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit located Rubio and his companion at a motel in the Newbury Park area. A surveillance was conducted on the two individuals and investigators saw Rubio and the female juvenile conducting a narcotics transaction. Rubio and the juvenile were taken into custody without incident, and a small amount of heroin was seized. A stolen laptop computer was located in the vehicle Rubio and the female juvenile were driving. The laptop was stolen from a residential burglary, which occurred in the city of Thousand Oaks. Rubio and the female juvenile were also arrested for possessing stolen property. Rubio was booked into the East County Jail, and the female juvenile was lodged into Juvenile Hall. Both will be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on 4-30-2010.

Location: Borchard Drive @ Michael Drive, City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time/ RB#: 4-28-2010 / 3:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: East County Narcotics Street Team - City of Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
Robert Rubio Thousand Oaks 20
Female Juvenile Thousand Oaks 16

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Robert Thomas

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Robert Thomas (805) 383-8710
Date of Release: April 29, 2010
Approved By: Captain D. Murray

 
California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

On April 26 2010, at approximately 2:50 p.m., a hit-and-run traffic collision involving a possible Nissan compact, and a bicyclist, occurred on westbound Wells Road, just west of Nardo Street. The collision left the rider of the bicycle (Jesus Esparza Delgado) in critical condition. The suspect fled from the scene and has not been identified. The suspect vehicle has not yet been located.

Jesus Esparza Delgado, approximately 65-years of age, was riding his bicycle southbound on Nardo Street and had just entered the west crosswalk at the intersection with Wells Road. The suspect was traveling northbound on Nardo Street and made a left turn into the crosswalk where he struck Delgado. The impact caused Delgado to strike the front windshield of the vehicle and he eventually landed on the roadway. According to witnesses, the suspect made no attempt to stop and sped away from the scene in his vehicle. Delgado was left lying in the roadway with major injuries until emergency crews arrived on scene to render medical assistance. He was later transported to the Ventura County Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.

The driver has yet to be identified and the vehicle has not been found. A witness to the collision stated there were two male occupants in the suspect vehicle that appeared to be in their early 20’s. The vehicle was described as a dark grey compact, possibly a late 80’s or early 90’s Nissan Sentra with a partial license plate number of 2GW997 (California). The vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on Wells Road towards the SR-126 freeway.

Anyone who has information regarding the identity of the suspect driver or passenger, or has information on the whereabouts of the vehicle, is asked to call the Ventura CHP Area office at
(805) 477-4100.

 
California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

On April 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm, a major injury traffic collision involving a DUI driver who
struck two parked vehicles occurred on northbound US-101 south of Flynn Rd.

Melissa Henry, age 23 of Oxnard, was traveling northbound on US-101 near Flynn Dr.
driving her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Henry pulled over to the right shoulder when her
vehicle ran out of gas. Henry called a friend, Daisy Gutierrez age 21 of Oxnard, to bring
her gas for her vehicle. Gutierrez arrived and parked her vehicle on the right shoulder
directly behind Henry’s vehicle. Henry and Gutierrez attempted unsuccessfully to put gas
in Henry’s vehicle from a gas container. They called another friend to come help them and
waited in Gutierrez’s 2001 Suzuki SUV.

At about 11:20 pm, the Ventura Area CHP Communication Center received a 911 cellular
call from a citizen reporting a possible DUI driver traveling northbound on US-101 near
the Conejo Inspection Facility. The vehicle, a white 2009 BMW convertible, was reportedly
swerving all over the roadway traveling at fluctuating speeds. Several CHP officers were
attempting to get in position to make a traffic stop on the BMW. At 11:32 pm, the citizen
following the BMW reported it was now involved in a traffic collision with two other
vehicles northbound US-101 south a Flynn Rd.

The BMW, which was driven by CONTINUED »

 

Three Santa Paula Police Officers were recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at an awards Ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Sr. Officer Jeremy Watson, Officer Randy Haumann, and Officer Larry Johnson were recognized by MADD for their exceptional enforcement efforts relating to alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. In 2009, the three officers arrested 198 drivers who were under the influence of alcohol within the City of Santa Paula.

Officer Haumann was responsible for 94 of the arrests. Because of his exceptional effort, he was also awarded the MADD “Hero” Award at a statewide ceremony on Saturday Evening, April 24, 2010, in Sacramento.

MADD also awarded the Santa Paula Police Department as a whole for their exceptional efforts in DUI enforcement. Santa Paula Police Officers arrested 296 alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers in 2009.

As a result of the department’s aggressive impaired driver enforcement, the City of Santa Paula has experienced a 24% reduction in roadway crashed in 2009 compared to 2008.

The Santa Paula Police Department takes a “Zero Tolerance” approach to impaired drivers. Citizens are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report suspected drunk drivers.

Ryan Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant

 

On Sunday, April 26, 2010, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Santa Paula Police Officers responded to a noise disturbance in the 1200 block of Saticoy St.

While officers were at the scene, a known criminal street gang member, Oscar Elizarraraz, 25 years of age and a resident of Santa Paula, removed a loaded semiautomatic handgun from his waistband. Officers reacted by pointing their firearms at the subject. Elizarraraz threw the gun down on the ground. As officers attempted to detain him, he physically resisted. Officers used minimal physical force to arrest Elizarraraz.

Elizarraraz is on probation for firearms related offenses. He was lodged at the Ventura County Jail. He was charged with multiple felony violations such as possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, prohibited person possessing a firearm, exhibiting a firearm at uniformed peace officers, resisting arrest, and street terrorism. A petition for increased bail has been submitted to the Superior Court.

Ryan Smith # 1021
Police Sergeant

 
Long term undercover investigation targeted car thieves, firearms violators, narco traffickers and gang members operating in Ventura County

California Highway Patrol Chief Adam Cuevas, Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten, Oxnard Police Department Chief John Crombach, Ventura Police Department Chief Ken Corney, Chief Fernando M. Estrella of the Port Hueneme Police Department, Deputy Chief Vito Scattaglia of the Department of Motor Vehicles Bureau of Investigations Unit, Commissioner Steve Poizner of the Department of Insurance, Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sheriff Bob Brooks of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ralph Lumpkin of the National Insurance Crime Bureau; announced today the culmination of a long term undercover investigation which will net the arrest of 87 defendants in a sweep of car thieves, firearms violators, narcotics traffickers and gang members operating in and around the Ventura County Area.

In January 2009, the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VENCAT) initiated an undercover investigation to locate and recover stolen vehicles within Ventura County. The investigation quickly expanded into other crime areas as the suspects involved in the vehicle theft investigation began providing information to undercover officers related to weapons and narcotics being trafficked in and around Ventura County. Recognizing the potential benefit conducting the investigation into the broader criminal activity occurring in this case, the task force solicited and received assistance from additional state, local and federal agencies. The joint effort included the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Ventura County District Attorney’s Investigation Unit (VCDA), Oxnard Police Department (OPD), Ventura Police Department (VPD), the Port Hueneme Police Department (PHPD), Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations (DMV), the Department of Insurance (DOI), the California Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Ventura County Sheriff Department’s Combined Agency Task Force (VCAT), and prosecutors from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California. The goal of the joint undercover operation was to target criminal street gang members and other criminal associates who were stealing vehicles and dealing in firearms and narcotics in and around the Ventura County, California area.

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

An injured adult male subject was found inside a local hospital with stab wounds. The subject, identified as Miguel Flores, was admitted into the hospital and is recovering from his injuries. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are searching for a suspect and any other information from witnesses.
On April 18 at about 6:08 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a physical altercation in the area of 3334 Santa Clara Avenue. A short time later, it was reported that a subject was at a local hospital with stab wounds. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the hospital and discovered Flores had been involved in the earlier altercation at which time he was stabbed.
Investigators are actively looking for the suspect(s) in this case. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators urge anyone with information about the suspect(s) or other information about the case to contact Ventura County Sheriff’s Homicide (805) 477-7000.
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: Near 3334 Santa Clara Avenue, Oxnard
Date & Time/ RB#: April 18, 2010 @ 6:07 p.m. / 10-9268
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes-Homicide
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(V) Flores, Miguel Oxnard 20
(S) Unknown Unk. Unk.

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Todd Inglis
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Date of Release: April 20, 2010
Approved By: Captain D. Murray

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

On April 18, 2010, at approximately 3:35 PM, a helicopter was requested for a fall victim who was at the punch bowls in Santa Paula Canyon. This is a remote area in the Los Padres National Forest and is only accessible by foot or helicopter.

The Sheriff’s Department helicopter, piloted by Ken Williams, responded with a rescue crew and AMR Paramedic Beningo. Bystanders pointed out the injured party as the rescue helicopter hovered over the area. Beningo was hoisted 100 feet down to the injured subject, Viramontes, to access his injuries. The victim was suffering from a back injury he sustained while jumping off the cliffs into the pool of water.

Fire Captain Dumbauld was also hoisted down to assist in placing the victim into a stokes litter so that he could be hoisted into the helicopter. The victim was successfully hoisted approximately 140 feet out of the narrow canyon into the helicopter and flown to an awaiting ambulance.

Location: Punch Bowls, Santa Paula Canyon, Santa Paula CA
Date & Time: 04/18/2010 3:35 PM
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Aviation Unit
(V)ictim City of Residence Age
V-1 Juan Viramontes Ventura 31

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant F. Underlin

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant F. Underlin 947-8196

Date of Release: 4-18-2010

Approved By: Mike De Los Santos, Captain #0730

 

Associated Press (AP)

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County sheriff's officials say more than 280 people have been arrested in a crackdown on gangs and drug and human smuggling at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Sheriff Bill Gore said Monday that 24 documented gang members and eight gang associates have been booked on suspicion of various offenses following the two-day multi-agency operation called "Allied Shield."

Gore says the operation focused on San Diego gangs... http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jl5KYqpHn_BCA66f7iRtXV...

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

On April 14, 2010, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of 2945 Ventura Blvd. in the unincorporated area of Oxnard. Miguel Perez, 18 years of age, was found lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds. Deputies attempted to revive Perez, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau began investigating the homicide. On April 19, 2010, at approximately 1:00 in the morning, Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for the murder of Miguel Perez. The suspect was interviewed and lodged into the Juvenile Justice Center for murder and criminal street terrorism charges.

Location: 3900 Block of Ventura Boulevard, Oxnard CA
Date & Time: April 19, 2010 @ 1:00 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Steve Rhods
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio (805) 654-2417
Approved By: Captain Rick Barrios