Vol. 12, No. 26 – Sept 25 – Oct 8, 2019 – Police Reports

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.

Attempted Commercial Burglary and Trespassing Arrests

On September 8, at approximately 3pm, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call of a possible commercial burglary in progress at a business in the 2800 block of Loma Vista Rd. It was reported the suspect, later identified as 46-year-old vagrant David Vance, was attempting to break into a medical office through a rear window. Officers arrived on scene, and detained Vance as he was attempting to leave the area. Evidence was found that showed Vance tried using force to gain entry into the business. He was identified by a witness and arrested for attempted commercial burglary.

While on scene, officers found an unsecured window in another section of the building that is vacant and conducted a search with the assistance of a K-9. During the search a second subject, later identified as 39-year-old vagrant Juan Reyna, was found inside. It was determined Reyna was illegally trespassing and in possession of a large amount of stored property. He was arrested for trespassing.

A review of the Ventura County Superior Court website shows that Vance has prior convictions for trespassing, petty theft, and currently has three open cases for charges of prowling and trespassing. It also showed Reyna has prior convictions for possession of a control substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal lodging.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Brandishing, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Vandalism, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia

On September 10, at approximately 9:30am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call of several subjects in a physical fight near the intersection of Porter Ln. and Empire Ave. It was also reported the subjects were throwing rocks. Prior to the officers arriving on scene, additional callers said one of the subjects, later identified as 27-year-old vagrant Andrew Martinez, was fleeing the area on foot and running towards the Pacific View Mall. Martinez then ran towards Lowe’s, where it was reported he armed himself with an axe. Officers located Martinez near the intersection of Maple St. and Maple Ct., where he was taken into custody.

During the investigation officers learned Martinez was confronted about being in possession of stolen property, which is when the physical altercation occurred with the victims. Martinez started throwing rocks and brandished a knife at the victims, before fleeing the area on foot. One of the victims called 911 and followed Martinez on a skateboard will updating the dispatcher of his location. Martinez then ran to the parking lot of Lowe’s and stole an axe from another victim. He broke several vehicle windows using the axe, before officers located him and took him into custody.

Martinez was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing, possession of a dangerous weapon, vandalism, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. No one was injured as a result of this incident. There are possibly other vehicles that were vandalized by Martinez, but the owners left prior to being contacted by officers. If your vehicle was damaged and parked in the area at the time, please contact the Ventura Police Department at 339-4416.

A review of the Ventura County Superior Court website shows that Martinez has multiple prior convictions for brandishing, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing, and possession of burglary tools.

Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest

On September 13, at approximately 3:30pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call of a driver driving recklessly in the area Citrus Dr. and Pajaro Av. The vehicle was described as a newer Chevy pickup black in color. Approximately 15 minutes later a Ventura Police patrol officer saw the pickup at the intersection of Partridge Dr. and Telephone Rd.

The officer observed the pickup driven by 31 year old Deanthony Catron driving erratically and attempted to stop the vehicle. Catron failed to pull over, and a vehicle pursuit was begun. Catron committed several vehicle code violations before and during the pursuit. The pursuit eventually ended back at the 11100 block of Citrus Dr. where Catron stopped his vehicle. A high-risk stop was conducted and Catron exited the vehicle and was arrested for felony evading. No one was injured during this incident, and Catron was booked at the Ventura County Jail.

Residential Burglary, Identity Theft, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Methamphetamine and a Methamphetamine Pipe Arrest

On September 16, at approximately 3am, the victim heard someone in their home and awoke to see an unknown subject walking out of the front door. The victim then called 911. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. It was determined that the subject had entered the home by removing a screen and entering through an open window.

At approximately 2pm, Ventura Police Dispatch received a call from Red Barn and Market of a suspicious male attempting to cash a fraudulent check. When officers arrived on scene and attempted to detain the suspect he resisted arrest and was taken into custody. The suspect, identified as Angel Apolonio Luna Reyes, was found to be in possession of property, including the checks, from the victim of the residential burglary.

Reyes was transported to the Ventura County Jail and booked for Residential Burglary, Identity Theft, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Methamphetamine and a Methamphetamine Pipe Arrest

Attempt Homicide

On September 18, at approximately 9:45pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received an open line 911 call. Over the line, the dispatcher could hear an unidentified person yelling in the background that someone had been stabbed. Approximately 15 minutes later a local hospital called the Command Center and informed them that two stabbing victims had just arrived at the hospital.

Officers went to both locations, and during the investigation, officers learned that the two victims were at an apartment in the 800 block of Empire visiting a friend. Sometime during their stay the suspect, 33-year-old Randal Roberts who is the resident of the house, got into a fight with the two victims stabbing each of them multiple times. Both victims suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds to their torsos.

As the victims were receiving medical treatment officers at the residence tried to contact Roberts who had locked himself inside. After an extended negotiation with Roberts he finally exited the residence and surrendered to the officers. Roberts was unhurt during the incident and was arrested for felony attempt homicide.

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