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.
Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest
On June 6, at approximately 10:30 pm, a Ventura police officer was patrolling the area of Blackburn Rd. and Kimball Rd., when he observed a moving violation and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 33 year old Ventura resident Juan Delarosa-Padilla, failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. Delarosa-Padilla entered onto the westbound Highway 126 from Kimball Rd., and reached speeds of approx. 90 mph.
Delarosa-Padilla exited Victoria Ave., and proceeded to run several stop signs and a red light, before stopping his vehicle in the 700 block of Webster St. He exited his vehicle and initially appeared to want to give up, but then fled on foot into a nearby condominium complex. A short time later, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call that Delarosa-Padilla was on the porch of a condo in the 700 block of Shaw Way. The condo belonged to an acquaintance of his, but she was unaware he was coming over. Officers responded to the condo and took him into custody without incident after he had forced his way inside.
Delarosa-Padilla was arrested for felony evading, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license.
No one was injured as a result of this incident.
A review of the Ventura County Superior Court website shows that Delarosa-Padilla has prior convictions of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Commercial Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest, and Battery on a Peace Officer Arrest
On June 7, at approximately 11:15 pm, patrol officers responded to an alarm call at Power Storage (1661 S. Victoria Avenue). When officers arrived, they found the business closed, but the front glass door had been smashed. As officers began to check the interior of the business, another officer observed a subject, later identified as 31 year old vagrant Vigil Dimas Rodriguez, on a bicycle path near the business. Rodriguez was holding a tool commonly used to commit burglaries. Rodriguez ignored an officer’s commands and physically resisted officers as they detained him. Rodriguez was taken into custody and found to be in possession of property stolen from Power Storage. A Ventura Police K-9 officer assisted officers with a search of the premises and no additional suspects were located.
Rodriguez was arrested for Commercial Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest, and Battery on a Peace Officer.
Unlawful Sex with Minors
On February 20, a minor filed a complaint with the Ventura Police Department that she was a victim of unlawful sex with a minor with 23 year old Abrahan J. Almaguer. The victim told Detectives that she knew Almaguer as “Joey Pryer” on Instagram, and he had sold her several controlled substances over several months. In exchange for the controlled substances, the victim had sexual intercourse with Almaguer. During this time frame, the victim was 16 years old. Detectives were able to author several search warrants to identify Almaguer. After reviewing the search warrants, Detectives located several other minors that were potential victims of drug sales and unlawful sexual intercourse.
While the Ventura Police Department was investigating the sexual Assaults and drug sales, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit received a complaint that Almaguer was involved in the sales of controlled substances to minors. Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Detectives learned through an investigation that there was evidence to prove Almaguer was involved in Illicit drug sales activity.
On April 30, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office served a two-location search warrant at Almaguer’s two residences in Oxnard. As a result of the search warrants, detectives seized 29 Adderall pills, approximately 314 grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, approximately 27 pounds of marijuana, approximately 8 ounces of suspected liquid THC, and numerous other marijuana products. Based on what was found during the search warrant, Almaguer was arrested for violation of Health and Safety Code 11378, HS 11379(a), and HS 11353. Almaguer was released on zero bail.
On May 11, Ventura Police Detectives contacted another minor who was seen communicating with Almaguer on Instagram. This victim told Detectives that on May 24, she went over to Almaguer’s residence, where he supplied her with controlled substances, had unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation with her. During this incident, the victim was 14 years old.
As a result of the Ventura Police Departments’ investigation, an arrest warrant was filed for the arrest of Almaguer for the violations of Penal Code 261 .5(c), PC 261 .5(d), and PC 287(b)(2) PC. On May 28, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit and Narcotics Unit arrested Almaguer at his West Cedar Street residence without indecent. Almaguer’s Bail was increased and set at $1,000,000.
These investigations are ongoing, and if you have any information reference these crimes, please contact Sergeant Kenny Welch Ventura Police Department Special Victims Unit at 805-339-4472, Sergeant Hector Macias Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 805-384-4730 or Detective Corey Stump Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at 805-384-4749.
Residential Burglary Arrest
On June 12, at approximately 2:00 pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call for a residential burglary report. Officers arrived at the residence and took a detailed report with a list of all the stolen property.
At approximately 5:30 pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call for throwing trash near a dumpster at Buena High School. Officers arrived and contacted 38 year old Ventura resident Joseph Romero, who was going through the garbage. Officers started an investigation, and property from the earlier burglary was found in the back of Romero’s pickup truck. This lead to a probation search at Romero’s home where the remaining property from the burglary was recovered. Crime Scene Investigators came out and processed the burglary, and further evidence was obtained linking Romero to the crime.
Romero was arrested for Felony Residential Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Misdemeanor Vehicle Vandalism.
A search of the Ventura County Superior Court records shows that Romero has been convicted of theft and multiple drug-related crimes.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
On June 14, the Ventura Unified School District was holding senior graduation ceremonies at the City Hall, and the Ventura Police Department School Resource Officers were assisting with event security and traffic control. The event was a modified graduation “experience” in which the participating students and family members were driving up to the front steps of the City Hall to receive their diplomas.
At approximately 4:15 pm, one of the officers was at the intersection of Poli St. and Chestnut St., monitoring participating vehicles that were entering the event, when he noticed a vehicle approaching his location westbound on Poli St. The vehicle, a white Jeep Gladiator, was travelling at a high rate of speed and did not appear to be slowing down as it got closer to the intersection. As the officer stood in the street trying to get the driver’s attention, the driver later identified as 29 year old Ojai resident Cameron Ransom, accelerated towards the officer. The officer was able to move out of the path of the vehicle, which continued driving on Poli St. towards the area of the main event, where students, families and school staff were congregated.
Ransom continued to drive at a high rate of speed, before suddenly turning up into the rear parking lot of the City Hall. Before turning, another officer pulled two volunteers, a parent and student, out of the roadway fearing they might get hit by Ransom’s vehicle.
At the time, the rear parking lot was crowded with vehicles, which were occupied by parents and students staged for the event, so all three School Resource Officers quickly responded on foot and in vehicles in an attempt to stop Ransom. Ransom continued to drive recklessly and at a high rate of speed as he started driving back towards the main event. Officers used a patrol vehicle to block his path and attempted to remove Ransom from his vehicle. Ransom resisted, but when additional officers arrived on scene, he was safely detained.
It was determined Ransom was driving under the influence. He became combative during the field sobriety examination and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody.
After a medical clearance for minor injuries he sustained during the struggle, Ransom was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon of a police officer, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol.
No one was injured as a result of this incident.