On the 7th of December, 2014, VPD Dispatch received a report of lewd conduct with a child that occurred in the 800 Block of North Ventura Avenue. A juvenile victim reported to a patrol officer that a man who was known to the victim and his family had sexually assaulted him. The victim was playing outside his house when the suspect picked him up and took him into another residence, where the assault occurred. The suspect was known to the victim as, “Don Pepe.”
Ventura Police detectives began a follow up investigation and identified the suspect as Jose Morales. Once the evidence was fully processed, the results further supported the victim’s statement.
On Tuesday, August 8th, Jose Morales was arrested by the VPD in the 200 Block of East Main Street and booked at the VC Jail.
On Tuesday, August 4th, at 2:50 p.m., detectives with the VPD Street Crimes Unit developed information about a wanted subject, Robert Reeves, in the 1200 block of Meta Street. VPD observed a vehicle, driven by Donald Reyes, arrive and pick up Reeves. As the officers attempted to stop this vehicle it fled at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle drove recklessly to the residential area of Channel Drive and Evergreen Drive. Officers lost sight of the vehicle and set up a perimeter.
At 3:06 p.m., residents on Borchard Drive reported seeing a suspicious male running through yards and was last seen jumping into a backyard in the 2600 block of Ocean Avenue. Officers found the suspect driver, Reyes, attempting to hide in the back yard. Reyes was taken into custody without further incident.
Officers located Reeves and a second subject, Rocky Mattley hiding in a converted garage at a residence in the 3800 block of Paloma Drive. Both were taken into custody without further incident. Reyes, Reeves, and Mattley were booked.
Two handguns were located in the garage where Reeves and Mattley were found and additional charges are pending.
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
On Sunday, August 9th, at 3:47 p.m., a patrol officer was driving in the 2600 block of Thompson Boulevard when he observed a suspicious vehicle near the Wendy’s restaurant. The officer went to contact the driver of the vehicle, Estrella Martinez, who had parked and fled from the vehicle before the officer was able to make contact with her. She was located outside of the restaurant and identified by the officer as being the driver. The investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Port Hueneme and had different license plates on the vehicle.
Martinez was arrested and booked into the VC Jail. The vehicle was impounded.
Possession of a Loaded Firearm
On Sunday, August 9th, at 7:46 p.m., a patrol officer observed a vehicle occupied by several subjects who were acting suspicious. The vehicle also had expired registration. The officer activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop and as the vehicle came to a stop near the corner of Center Street and Ventura Avenue, one of the vehicle’s occupants, later identified as a 17-year-old male juvenile, exited the vehicle and fled. The vehicle quickly accelerated away from the area. The officer, and a second back up officer, chased the male juvenile and observed him throw an object onto a nearby rooftop. After a brief foot pursuit, the juvenile was caught and detained.
Officers searched the rooftop and found a loaded handgun. The male juvenile was arrested and lodged into juvenile hall.
On Wednesday, August 12th, at 12:13 a.m., the VPD received a call from a victim reporting a stabbing.
Officers arrived and learned the victims, Christopher Cabrey and Sean Wachman, were leaving the Circle K store at the corner of Main Street and Laurel Street when two male suspects, white males in their twenties, confronted them. The suspects demanded the victims’ money and property and then attacked Cabrey and Wachman. The suspects fled the area. During the attack, Cabrey was stabbed. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Cabrey was transported to the VCMC and received treatment for a serious, but non-life threatening stab wound. Wachman was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Stabbing with Arrest
On Wednesday, August 12th, at 4:32 p.m., the VPD received a call from Sage Ford. Ford said he had been stabbed and beaten while he was at Plaza Park, and after the incident, he fled from the park to a nearby street where he called. Officers responded to the 200 block of South Laurel Street where they found Ford and confirmed he had been stabbed and beaten.
Officers located the suspect, Derrick Dawson, at Plaza Park and detained him. Dawson had stabbed and beaten Ford because he had caused a disturbance earlier in the day at the park with one of the Dawson’s friends.
Dawson was transported to VC Jail where he was booked. Ford was initially treated by AMR and then transported to VCMC where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
On Thursday, August 13th, at 8:12 p.m., the suspect, a Hispanic male, walked into the Chevron Gas Station located at 2314 East Thompson Boulevard and approached the cashier. He showed the employee a handgun and demanded the money from the cash register. The employee gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, and the suspect ran out of the business. He was last seen running into the neighborhood on the south side of the business. Responding officers checked the area, however the suspect was not located.