by Cindy Summers
Police reports are provided to us by the Ventura Police Department and are not the opinions of the Ventura Breeze. All suspects mentioned are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Wanted Persons Arrest, Resisting Arrest
On May 25, at 7:35pm, an officer on patrol observed the suspect, identified as 40 year old Ventura resident Tony Barto, riding as a passenger in a vehicle near the intersection of Ralston St. and Saratoga Ave. The officer recognized Barto and knew he had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and as the vehicle came to a stop, Barto exited and fled on foot. The officer, along with a Ventura Police K-9 officer, gave chase on foot and when Barto refused to stop, the K-9 was deployed. Barto was taken into custody.
Barto was transported to VCMC for treatment of his injuries from the dog bit. After he was medically cleared, Barto was booked into the Ventura County Jail for resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and warrants.
The driver of the vehicle was briefly detained, although released without being arrested.
Disturbance and Violent Resistance of an Officer
On May 27, at 1:15am, patrol officers responded to a disturbance inside of a bar in the 100 block of South Chestnut St. The suspect, 37 year old Ventura resident Jonathan Sisneros, was later taken to the Ventura County Medical Center for a medical clearance, and while inside of the Emergency Room, he picked up a wheel chair and attacked the officer with it.
The attack resulted in a minor injury to the officer who was treated and able to return to work. The suspect was uninjured and was later booked into Ventura County Jail.
Violent Resisting of Officers with Injuries to Officers
On May 28, at approximately 9:15am, the officers responded to a call for service of male walking in and out of traffic and yelling at passing motorists and pedestrians. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, 58 year old Ventura vagrant Kenneth Kerr, on the center median of the roadway and began speaking with him. During the conversation, the suspect attacked one of the officers. The second officer assisted, and after a lengthy struggle in the roadway, the officers were able to arrest the suspect.
Both officers were injured during the incident and received treatment at the Ventura County Medical Center. One was cleared to return to duty, and the other officer’s injury prevented him from returning to work and will require additional time off while the injury heals. The suspect received minor injuries and was also treated at Ventura County Medical Center. He was later booked into Ventura County Jail for violently assaulting the officers.
Battery on Security Guard, Resisting Officers Arrest
On May 29, at approximately 6pm, Ventura Police responded to a call for service in the parking structure at the Pacific View Mall. Mall security guards were dealing with an uncooperative, intoxicated male who had been harassing people. While they were talking with him, he became violent towards them by spitting and battering them. When officers arrived, they began speaking with the suspect, 54 year old Ventura vagrant Mark Eichuold, for several minutes in an attempt to calm him and take him into custody. When the officers attempted to place him under arrest, he became combative with the officers and violently resisted arrest. At that point, the police K9 was used to assist officers with the arrest. With the assistance of the K9, the officers were able to take the suspect into custody.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect was taken to Ventura County Medical Center where he received treatment for his injuries. He was later booked into Ventura County Jail on the chares of battering a security officer and violently resisting arrest. No one else was injured during this incident.
Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Arrest
On June 1, at 10:30pm, Ventura Police officers were dispatched to check on the well-being of two unresponsive occupants inside a vehicle in the Taco Bell drive thru. The reporting party was able to provide the license plate of the suspect vehicle and it was determined it had recently been stolen out of Ventura.
As officers arrived on scene, they observed the vehicle still sitting idle in the drive thru. Officers ordered both subjects out of the vehicle where they took them into custody without incident.
The driver, 25 year old Ventura vagrant Samuel Moug, was placed under arrest and later booked into Ventura County Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and a controlled substance.
The passenger, 24 year old Ventura vagrant Andria Castor, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance. She was issued a citation and released at the scene.
Commercial Burglary Arrest
On June 3, at 3:30am, patrol officers responded to an alarm activation within a classroom at Cabrillo Middle School.
As officers arrived on scene they began to check the exterior of the classroom and found a sliding glass door that had been tampered with. As officers were attempting to establish a perimeter around the classroom, the suspect, 32 year old Ventura vagrant Christopher Hale, exited an adjacent door then quickly retreated back inside.
A Ventura Police K9 officer was summoned to the scene and Hale was ordered to exit the classroom. Hale refused to comply with officers commands and the K9 was deployed into the interior. Hale was found hiding to the rear of the classroom and was taken into custody with the assistance of the K9.
Officers continued their search and located a second suspect, 31 year old Ventura vagrant Dorinda Betts hiding in a small cabinet. Betts was taken into custody without incident.
Hale was transported to VCMC for treatment of his injuries from the dog bite. After he was medically cleared, Hale was booked into the Ventura County Jail for commercial burglary, felony conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a burglary tools, resisting arrest and an outstanding warrant.
Betts was booked into the Ventura County Jail for commercial burglary and felony conspiracy.