On December 30th, in 2015, at 6:30 p.m., the VPD received a call reporting a robbery. The victim was approached by three suspects in front of the Red Barn Liquor, located at 1285 North Ventura Avenue. The suspects confronted the victim and demanded money from him. Then they attacked the victim by punching and kicking him. The victim sustained minor injuries but they were not life threatening.
On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, suspect Kenneth Cox was taken into custody. The next day, suspect Jacob Pulido was taken into custody as well.
For the next few weeks, VP Detectives tracked the third suspect, Gabriel Cueva, to Las Vegas. On Thursday, February 11th, Las Vegas Metro Police Department located suspect Cueva and took him into custody. Cueva is due to be transported back to Ventura.
Hit and Run Fatality
On Friday, February 19th, at 12:02 a.m., the VPD received a call from a citizen reporting a hit and run traffic collision at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Saticoy Avenue. The responding officers located the victim, an 14 year old male, lying face down in the roadway. The victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The VPD was contacted on Friday evening, 2/19/16, by the driver of a tow truck that was being sought by Ventura Police traffic investigators. Investigators took possession of the tow truck and, after preliminary investigation, believe it to be the flatbed tow vehicle that was involved in the collision with the victim. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Martin Henderson.
The preliminary investigation conducted by the Ventura Police Department’s Traffic Division indicates that the 14 year old victim was on a bicycle traveling southbound Saticoy Avenue and that he crossed Telegraph Road against a red light. The tow truck was eastbound Telegraph Road proceeding through a green light and collided with the bicyclist in the intersection. The two truck continued eastbound and did not stop. A short time later, a second vehicle hit the victim and continued driving as well.
Arrest of an Attempted Murder Suspect
On Friday, February 27, at 9:45p.m. the Ventura Police Department Command Center was contacted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Department in Nevada. They were investigating an attempted murder that had occurred in Sparks, Nevada and they had received information that the suspect, Cody Barnes 21 Nevada resident was in Ventura. VPD officers responded to area of 1245 S. Petit Ave, and located the suspect’s vehicle parked an unoccupied.
A surveillance team responded to the apartment complex to monitor the vehicle, while VPD detectives coordinated resources with Nye County. A short time later, the surveillance team reported to the patrol units stationed in the area that the suspect vehicle was driving away from the apartment complex. A high risk stop was conducted on the suspect vehicle in the area of Telephone Rd and Cachuma Ave. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and he was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. At this time, it is unknown if the weapon recovered was used in the attempted murder incident. The suspect was transported and placed in the Ventura County Jail awaiting extradition to Nevada.