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.
Robbery and Possession of Burglary Tools Arrest
On January 4, at approximately 5pm, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call from Vons reporting that the suspect, 30 year old vagrant Patrick Rasmusson, had entered Vons, selected merchandise and walked out without paying. When employees confronted Rasmusson, he pulled out a canister of pepper spray and threatened to spray the employees. Fearing being pepper sprayed, the employees let Rasmusson walk away with the property and called police.
Officers responded and located Rasmusson in the area and took him into custody without incident. During the arrest, officers located the pepper spray and numerous tools that could be used for burglary.
Rasmusson was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail for Robbery and Possession of Burglary Tools. No one was injured as a result of this incident
A review of the Ventura County Superior Court website shows that Rasmusson has been arrested for drug charges, prowling and possession of burglary tools.
Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest
On January 8, at approximately 10:45am, a Ventura police officer was on patrol and saw a vehicle with an equipment violation in the area of Sherwin Ave. and Ventura Blvd. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver, later identified as 27 year old Oxnard resident Ryean Hanks. As the officer was speaking to Hanks, she indicated that she was wanted and fled from the traffic stop. A vehicle pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit continued northbound on Sherwin Ave., then eastbound on Crescent St. Hanks then turned on Johnson Dr., and as she attempted to navigate a turn onto eastbound Capri Ave., Hanks lost control of the vehicle and collided into an unoccupied parked vehicle in front of Taco Bell. She fled from the vehicle on foot.
The officer pursued Hanks on foot and caught her after a brief foot pursuit. Hanks fought with the officer and after a brief struggle, she was taken into custody. During a search, officers discovered that Hanks was in possession of a controlled substance.
Both the officer and Hanks sustained minor injuries as a result of the arrest. No one else was injured in this incident.
Hanks was arrested for misdemeanor evading arrest in a vehicle, felony resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and two warrants, an out of county felony and misdemeanor.
Hit and Run, DUI, Battery on a Peace Officer
On January 8, at approximately 6:30pm, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call of a hit and run collision in the area Telephone Rd. and Jasper Ave. in the city of Ventura. The witness told dispatchers that the driver of an SUV hit a tree and was trying to leave the area. After colliding with the tree, the driver of the vehicle, 32 year old David Malijan, made a u-turn and attempted to drive away from the collision. Due to the damage the vehicle sustained from the collision, Malijan stopped his SUV a short distance away and walked away.
The first responding officer found Malijan’s SUV unoccupied and began searching the area. During the search, Malijan was found a short distance away. During the contact, the officers started to ask Malijan what happened but Malijan was uncooperative and took a fighting stance on the officer. The officer attempted to detain Malijan to further his investigation, but Mailijan began to violently resist the officer and a struggle ensued. As more officers arrived, Malijan was eventually subdued and taken into custody.
No officers were injured during the incident and Malijan was treated for minor injuries. Malijan was arrested for hit and run, DUI drugs and resisting a police officer.
Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon
On January 10, at approximately 12:30am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call of a fight in the Santa Clara Parking Structure with one person bleeding. Upon the officer’s arrival it was determined that a group of people were walking to their car that was parked in the structure. They were approached by another small group of Hispanic males and a Hispanic female. The suspect group began asking the victims where they were from and then attacked them. During the altercation, three victims were punched. A fourth victim was stabbed in the torso by one off the attackers who also stole his cell phone.
The victims who were punched received minor injuries and were treated on scene by paramedics. The victim who was stabbed is currently in stable condition at a local hospital. VPD CSI responded to process the crime scene. VPD detectives are now on scene conducting further investigation. This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Ventura Police Department at 805-339-4488.