On Tuesday, December 8th, at 7:21 a.m., an alert neighbor called the VPD and reported a possible residential burglary in progress at a residence in the 100 block of Emma Avenue. Patrol were able to detain both suspects, Richard Cohrt and Danielle Lee, as they were leaving the house. The suspects were found in possession of stolen property from the residence. Cohrt was later booked into VC Jail on the charges of conspiracy and burglary, as well as an unrelated warrant. Lee was also booked into VC Jail.
Attempted Armed Robbery
On Saturday, December 12th, at 12:19 a.m., the VPD received a call from the victim, Michael Brown, reporting that a suspect, Rayvonn Richardson, just attempted to rob him of his cell phone while walking in the 2700 block of E. Main Street.
Brown told officers he was walking down the street when he was approached by Richardson, who asked to use his cell phone. When Brown asked for his cell phone back, Richardson pulled out what appeared to be a small handgun, pointed it at Brown and threatened to shoot him. Brown grabbed his phone and fled the area. He then notified the police.
Richardson was located by officers and detained. Richardson was booked into the VC Jail. While inside the jail, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Richardson was also booked for possession inside of a jail facility.
While conducting follow-up on this case, investigators learned that the suspect committed two separate robberies that occurred at different locations. The crimes occurred on 10/21/15, when Richardson robbed Jiles Sanabria, and 10/22/15, robbing a 16 year old juvenile. All 3 of the cases were submitted to the District Attorney’s Office and robbery charges were filed against the suspect.
Possession of a Firearm
On Sunday, December 13th, at 2:15 p.m., officers from the VPD, along with deputies from the VC Sheriff’s Department, were monitoring a motorcycle event at a restaurant in the 700 block of S. Seaward Avenue. Deputies observed a subject, Jeffrey Wilhite, leaving the parking lot on his motorcycle and conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. When deputies contacted Wilhite, he admitted to being armed with a loaded handgun.
Two additional motorcyclists with Wilhite were detained. Upon searching him further, Wilhite was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles and knives. He was arrested and later transported by the deputies to the VC Jail. Wilhite was booked for carrying a loaded firearm and possession of metal knuckles.
The two other motorcyclists were released.
On Sunday, December 13th, at 9:05 p.m., a Ventura Police K9 officer observed a male subject who appeared to be vandalizing a gas pump at the 76 Gas Station located at 1121 S. Victoria Avenue.
The officer stopped and attempted to contact the suspect, Daniel Godinez, who immediately fled, running southbound on Victoria Avenue. Officers pursued Godinez as he ran back and forth across Victoria Avenue before stopping just south of Gaviota Street. As officers approached Godinez, he obtained a large rock from the side of the roadway and hurled it at the K9 officer, striking his patrol vehicle. Godinez then violently resisted officers as they attempted to take him into custody. The K9 was deployed and Godinez was taken into custody after a brief struggle.
Godinez was transported to the VCMC where he was treated for minor injuries he incurred as a result of the K9 deployment. He was later transported to the VC Jail where he was booked.
On Tuesday, December 15th, at 5:45 a.m., the VPD received a call of a robbery. Officers arrived on scene and learned that the victim, Jeffrey Warren, was jogging in the area of 2161 Pierpont Boulevard when he was approached by a Hispanic male. The suspect struck Warren in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. Warren was then hit and kicked by one, possibly two other suspects.
While Warren was down, the suspects searched him, looking for valuables. The suspects then got into a light colored sedan and fled the area.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.
The victim received minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene.
On Tuesday, December 15th, at 10:50 p.m., the victim was walking west along the Highway 101 overpass pedestrian bridge near Johnson Drive when he was approached by a group of males.
The suspect, a Hispanic male, confronted the victim as he attempted to pass. The suspect brandished a long gun, which he had concealed under his clothing, and demanded the victim’s property. Fearing for his safety, the victim relinquished an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area.
The suspect was last seen walking east on the pedestrian bridge towards the city of Oxnard. Officers checked the surrounding area but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect. The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.