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.
On October 10, at approximately 10am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of vandalism in progress at Grant Park, 699 Brakey Rd. The caller reported the suspect was using spray-paint, and spraying black paint on several rock walls and fire hydrants. The suspect, later identified as 19 year old Ventura resident Gabriel Enriquez, was associated to a vehicle that was parked nearby with several other subjects inside.
During the investigation, officers determined Enriquez had vandalized several different locations of Grant Park, which caused several hundred dollars of damage to city property. He was arrested and later booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony vandalism.
The other occupants inside the vehicle were cited for having open containers of alcohol and released.
Possession of Stolen Property, Narcotics Arrests
On October 11, at approximately 9am, an officer was patrolling the area of Dupont Ct. and Goodyear Ave., when he saw a parked vehicle with a female inside that he knew had several warrants for her arrest. The officer stopped and made contact with the female, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and the male driver, later identified as 35 year old vagrant Brandon Benard.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a backpack that belonged to Benard. Inside the backpack officers found property that did not belong to Bernard or the wanted female. After further investigation, it was determined the property in the backpack had recently been taken during several vehicle burglaries in the sheriff department’s jurisdiction near the Faria area of the Pacific Coast Highway. Officers also determined that Benard was showing signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Benard was arrested and later booked into the Ventura County Jail for being in possession of stolen property and under the influence of a controlled substance. At the time of this arrest, Bernard was out on bail from a previous arrest for similar charges.
Several victims who had vehicles broken into early in the day were contacted and all of the stolen property was returned to them.
The 37-year-old female was arrested for several misdemeanor warrants and for being in possession of drug paraphernalia. A second 27-year-old male, who was contacted by officers in an associated motorhome that was parked nearby, was also arrested for several misdemeanor drug related charges.
Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest
On October 15 at 2:30pm, a Ventura police officer on patrol attempted to stop the suspect, later identified as 60 year old Ventura resident Natalie Bustillos, for a moving violation in the area of Main Street and Mills Road. The officer activated his emergency lights to initiate the traffic stop, but Bustillos failed to yield and drove east through the intersection against a red signal.
The officer initiated a pursuit as Bustillos proceeded to travel east on Main Street to Callens Road. Bustillos conducted a U-turn at Callens Road and drove back to Mills Road where she turned and drove north towards the Pacific View Mall. Bustillos entered the PVM parking lot at a high rate of speed, almost striking several pedestrians.
Bustillos stopped her vehicle in the parking lot and fled on foot into the Target store. Officers gave chase and were able to stop Bustillos just inside the storefront. Bustillos violently resisted officers as they attempted to take her into custody. Additional officers arrived on scene, and after a brief struggle, they were able to detain Bustillos.
Bustillo was placed under arrest and was transported to the Ventura County Jail where she was booked for felony evading a police officer, felony resisting a peace officer while causing injury and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.
Criminal Conspiracy, Theft and Stolen Vehicle Arrest
On October 16, at approximately 6:30pm, Ventura Police officers responded to a theft of lottery tickets which had just occurred at the Seaward Shell convenience store located at 2099 Harbor Boulevard.
During the investigation, officers learned a female suspect had entered the store and reported a malfunctioning gas pump. When the attendant went to check the pump, a male suspect, later identified as 44 year old Ventura vagrant Cooper Adams, jumped the counter and took a large amount of California Lottery tickets. The suspects were last seen fleeing the area in a dark colored Toyota sedan with dealer paper plates. Later that evening, the same suspects committed a similar crime at the Arco AM/PM store located at 5699 Valentine Road.
On October 17m at approximately 12pm, a Ventura Police patrol officer observed a vehicle which matched the description of the above suspect vehicle in the area of Market Street and Palma Drive. An enforcement stop was conducted and Adams was taken into custody without incident. Officers learned the vehicle Adams was driving had been reported stolen from a rental car company in July. Adams was also found to be wanted for grand larceny in connection to a theft from a retail business that occurred in September.
Adams was placed under arrest and transported to the Ventura County Jail where he was booked for criminal conspiracy, shoplifting, possession of a stolen vehicle, grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Felon/Wanted Parolee in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrest
On October 18, at approximately 1pm, VPD Gang and Street Crimes Unit detectives were attempting to locate 21 year old Ventura vagrant Peter Robledo, who was a wanted parolee. Officers had information that Robledo, who is a member of a criminal street gang, may have been in possession of a firearm.
Robledo had been on court ordered electronic monitoring when he cut off his GPS device during a domestic violence incident in Santa Barbara County a week ago.
Officers were observing the house of one of Robledo’s acquaintances when a detective saw him enter a vehicle as a passenger and leave the residence. Detectives and officers in marked patrol vehicles followed and conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle. The other passengers were briefly detained while Robledo was taken into custody. Robledo was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.
Robledo was transported to the Ventura County Jail where he was booked for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, felony carrying a weapon in a vehicle, a local warrant, and a parole hold.