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 with arrest
On May 8, at approximately 3am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call from the clerk at Circle K, who was reporting a robbery just occurred at the business.
During the investigation, officers learned the suspect entered Circle K and began demanding cigarettes. The suspect then brandished a knife and came behind the register. He also instructed the clerk to open the cash register. The suspect took several packs of cigarettes and cash from the register.
The clerk provided a description of the suspect. Officers canvassed the area and located a suspect matching the description in a nearby gas station parking lot. Officers detained the suspect, identified as 18 year old Juan Jimenez, and the clerk identified Jimenez as the robber. Jimenez was also found in possession of several boxes of cigarettes and cash.
Jimenez was booked in Ventura County Jail for Robbery. No one was injured as a result of this incident.
On May 9, at approximately 1am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received several 911 calls of gunshots heard in the area of S. Saticoy Ave at Daisy Dr. While officers were investigating, physical evidence was found at the scene that indicated a shooting did occur. Officers conducted a canvas of the area, but no victim(s) were located.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Ventura Police Department at (805)339-4444.
Vehicle vs. Pedestrian TC
On May 8, at approximately 8:30pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received a 911 call from the driver of a vehicle that had just struck a pedestrian on eastbound Telegraph Rd. East of Wake Forrest Ave. As officers arrived on the scene they found the 56-year-old female victim lying in the roadway being attended to by Ventura City Fire personnel. Within minutes AMR arrived on scene, and the victim was transported to a local hospital. The status of the victim is unknown at this time.
As officers began their investigation, they learned that the victim had just exited a bus on the north side of the street. After leaving the bus, she started walking across the street mid-block. While crossing the eastbound lanes of traffic, one vehicle almost struck her; however, at the last moment, the driver of the was able to slow down. The victim continued across the street when she hit by the reporting party’s car.
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene after calling 911 and was cooperating with officers. Officers evaluated the driver, and drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The Ventura Police Traffic Unit will be continuing this investigation.
Residential Burglary Arrest
On May 11, Ventura Police Department Patrol responded to a residential burglary that occurred the night before. The victim had left their garage door open and went for a walk around the neighborhood. During that time, from about 8 pm to 8:30 pm, an unknown subject later identified as 33 year old vagrant Raymond Gonzalez entered the garage, rummaged through the cars and stole the victim’s mountain bike. While Gonzalez was in the garage, the victim’s family was at home in the house.
When the victim realized his bike had been stolen, he checked his Ring Camera video and saw that the suspect had been inside his garage. He posted the video onto the Ring Camera Neighborhood App, warning others in the area.
Many community members had seen the video of the suspect and had been in contact with the Ventura Police Street Crimes Unit (SCU). SCU and PROS (Post Release Offender Supervision) Detectives along with VPD Patrol officers began looking for the suspect.
On May 12, an alert citizen saw a suspicious suspect that matched Gonzalez’s description and called 911. SCU and PROS Detectives were already in the area and located Gonzalez and took him into custody without incident. It was also discovered that Gonzalez had returned to the same garage later during the night of May 11 and committed another burglary.