On Wednesday, August 12th, at 12:13 a.m., the VPD received a call from a victim claiming to be stabbed.
Officers arrived and learned that Christopher Cabrey and Sean Wachman were leaving the Circle K store at the corner of Main Street and Laurel Street when two male suspects confronted them. The suspects demanded the victim’s money and property. Unprovoked, the suspects began to attack Cabrey and Wachman. The suspects fled the area in a red sedan with one of the victim’s property. 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.
Detectives conducted follow-up and identified Jose Ruiz as one of the suspects. On August 15th at 7:30 p.m., a patrol officer located Ruiz on Main Street in downtown Ventura and arrested him without incident. Ruiz was booked at the VC Jail. The second suspect is still outstanding.
Possession of a Loaded Firearm
On Sunday, August 16th, at 12:10 a.m., a patrol officer observed a vehicle driving in the area of Kimball Road and Highway 126 overpass. The officer conducted a vehicle stop for an equipment violation and contacted the driver, later identified as Salvador Gutierrez. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle.
The officer developed information to conduct a search of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle, a loaded handgun with an extended magazine was found concealed underneath the driver’s seat.
Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and booked into the VC Jail. The female passenger was released from the scene.
Battery of an Officer
On Tuesday, August 18th, at 5:41 p.m., patrol officers responded to a reported domestic in the 100 block of South California Street. As the first patrol officer arrived on scene and attempted to contact the involved people, Anthony Mosqueda, who was an involved person, fled from the officer. The officer chased after him and the foot pursuit led the officer onto the Promenade area of the beach. As the officer pursued Mosqueda, a female who was later identified as Anthony’s sister, Kathleen Mosqueda, shoved the officer in an attempt to stop the officer’s pursuit of her brother.
As the officer stopped to contact Kathleen and determine why she had pushed him, her boyfriend Juan Loaza, kicked the officer from behind. At that point, the officer realized the contact wasn’t accidental, and he attempted to detain both Loaza and Kathleen Mosqueda. Both of them became combative with him. As he attempted to handcuff Loaza, Kathleen continued to attack him. Once Loaza was in custody, the officer arrested Kathleen and placed her in handcuffs. As he did this, Loaza who was handcuffed, ran away from the officer, and the officer caught him.
As this was occurring, other officers who were also in the area captured the original outstanding suspect, Anthony Mosqueda. He was treated at VCMC and later booked at VC Jail. Kathleen Mosqueda and Juan Loaza were both arrested and booked at VC Jail.
The officer was also treated at VCMC for minor injuries he received during the incident.
On Wednesday, August 19th, at 1:50 a.m., the VPD received a call from the two victims reporting they had been robbed at gunpoint in the 800 block of Caliente Street.
Officers learned the victims were sitting in their parked vehicle when the suspect approached them. The suspect demanded the victims’ wallets and cell phone. The victim hesitated, and the suspect pointed a gun at one of the victims. The victim gave the suspect their belongings and the suspect fled the area in a light colored sedan that was waiting nearby.
Later, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a mechanical violation near the intersection of Inyo Street and Sacramento Street. Officers determined that the driver, Vincent Hernandez, was a Parolee at large with an active warrant. Officers took Hernandez into custody and searched the vehicle, where they located a replica handgun under the driver’s seat and noticed that Hernandez closely matched the description of the suspect in the robbery from earlier.
On Thursday, August 20th, at 4:54 p.m., patrol officers responded to an apartment in the 1200 block of South Petit regarding David Latida, making threats at his ex-girlfriend’s family’s residence. As officers arrived at the residence and began their investigation, Latida walked out of the apartment. When officers attempted to talk with him, he fled from them and ran back inside. The officers pursued him into the residence, and as they caught him, he continued to resist the officers. During the struggle, a loaded firearm fell from the Latida’s possession. Latida was taken into custody.
Residential Burglary Arrest
On Saturday, August 22nd, at 6:09 p.m., the VPD received several calls from numerous homeowners in the 400 block of Seaward Avenue, reporting that neighbors were physically detaining a subject found inside of a residence. Officers arrived on scene and took custody of the subject, later identified as the suspect, Matthew Scott.
During the investigation officers learned that the victim homeowner had exited his residence and went into his backyard, leaving the front door unlocked. While in the backyard, Scott entered the residence through the front door, then leaned out from inside a back bedroom window and looked at the victim. The victim went back into his residence and physically forced Scott out to the front yard. Several neighbors came to the aid of the victim and helped him detain Scott until officers arrived on scene.
While being detained, Scott struck his head on a wall and sustained a minor injury to his head. He was arrested and transported by AMR ambulance to VCMC for treatment of his injuries. After being medically cleared, Scott will be booked into the VC Jail.
Stolen Vehicle Arrest
On Monday, August 24th, at 11:49 p.m., the victim contacted the VPD to report his vehicle had been stolen from in front of his downtown residence sometime during the night. Later that night, just before midnight, a patrol officer observed the vehicle travelling eastbound on Telephone Road with no headlights. The Officer conducted a traffic stop and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day.
Officers contacted the suspect, and 3 juveniles in the stolen vehicle. During the investigation officers learned that the suspect, Brandon Costanza, had picked up the three juveniles in the stolen vehicle earlier in the day.
Costanza was booked at the VC Jail. The 3 juveniles were issued citations for curfew violations and released to their parents.
The vehicle was returned to the owner at the scene with only minor damage.
Armed Robbery Arrest
On Tuesday, August 18th, at 1:44 a.m., the VPD received a call referencing an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Victoria Motel, located at 2350 South Victoria Avenue. Patrol officers responded and met with three victims. The victims reported that they were all sharing a room when they were awoken by somebody knocking on their hotel room door. One of the victims got up and as he answered the door, all three suspects forced their way in to the room. Once inside the room, one of the suspects had a gun, and while he held all three victims at gunpoint, the other two suspects took the victim’s property.
At the conclusion of the robbery, the suspects exited the room with the victim’s property, got in to separate vehicles and then fled. The responding officers reviewed surveillance video and identified Charles Barnum as one of the suspects. A few hours later, a patrol officer spotted Barnum driving on Victoria Ave. and he was arrested without incident.
Major Crimes and Street Crimes Detectives assisted with the investigation and identified Joshua Solorzano and John Sevillano as the other two suspects. Officers located both of the outstanding suspects in Ventura and arrested them without incident. All three suspects were booked at the VC Jail for robbery. Nobody was injured as