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.
Brandishing and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Vehicle Arrest
On August 10, at approximately 9:45 am, officers responded to a call of a subject brandishing a gun from the parking lot of Enterprise Rental Cars. An employee from the business advised the subject, later identified as 30 year old Port Hueneme resident Michael Guerrero, was pointing the weapon randomly at vehicles driving by. Several Ventura Police officers responded to the location.
Officers located Guerrero in the parking lot of Enterprise. He matched the description of the suspect and was detained. During the investigation, it was determined Guerrero was brandishing a taser at people and he had a loaded concealed 9mm handgun in his vehicle. Guerrero was told he was under arrest and began challenging officers to fight. Fortunately, officers were able to de- escalate the situation and took Guerrero into custody without incident.
Guerrero also had additional firearms located at his residence in Port Hueneme. Major Crimes detectives obtained a search warrant for the firearms to prevent Guerrero from using them to endanger the community again. Detectives located and seized eight additional guns, one of which was an assault rifle. Guerrero was booked in Ventura County Jail.
On August 12, at approximately 8:00 am, members of the Ventura Police Department SCU unit conducted a search warrant at the above address due to an investigation into narcotics sales and operating a drug house. Detectives using investigative tools were able to identify a primary suspect as Michael Nelson.
During the execution of the search warrant, investigators located evidence of narcotics use. Detectives also recovered several forms of narcotics, including heroin, methamphetamines, suboxone, and oxycodone.
As a result of the investigation, 41 year old Ventura resident Michael Nelson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Travis Harkey, 37 year old Ventura resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Charlotte Bauer, 32 year old Ventura resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
A search of the Ventura County Superior Court shows that Michael Nelson has prior arrests for property crimes, narcotics violations, including arrests for possession for sales of a controlled substance. Travis Harkey has a previous arrest for public intoxication. Charlotte Bauer has prior arrests for resisting arrest, narcotics violations, identity theft, vehicle theft, theft, and burglary.
Sex Offender Compliance Sweep
On August 11, the Ventura Police Department in partnership with the Ventura County Probation and State Parole conducted a series of sex offender compliance checks within the City of Ventura. The offenders searched were on active CDCR State Parole and/or Probation in the County of Ventura. Compliance checks are done regularly to ensure high risk offenders are following their court ordered restrictions.
Officers visited 15 offenders’ residents and of those four arrests were made:.
- James Robles, 51 years old, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of tear gas
- Steven Perry, 54 years old, was arrested for a felony violation of parole
- Joseph Hooton, 27 years old, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and felony violation of parole.
Michael Lievre, 39 years old, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for lewd conduct and a felony parole warrant
Stolen Vehicle and Drug Sales Arrest
On August 17, at approximately 2:45 pm, a Ventura Police Department patrol officer saw a stolen vehicle in the area of Telegraph Rd. and Ashwood Ave. The officer followed the vehicle, stolen in Santa Barbara County on July 27, and initiated an enforcement stop. The vehicle yielded in a parking lot in the 5100 block of Telegraph Rd, and patrol officers took 29 year old Goleta resident Christian Juarez into custody without incident. Investigating officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine, heroin, and evidence of narcotics sales.
Juarez was arrested for unlawful taking of a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a controlled substance, and three outstanding warrants.