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.
Shooting With Arrest
On March 23, at approximately 12:30 am, the Ventura Police Command Center received a 911 call of shots fired in the area of Scottsdale St and Jasper Av. Responding officers arrived within minutes of the call and saw a male suspect matching the description provided by witnessed. The suspect fled from officers and began to jump fences into the backyard of residences.
Simultaneously officers received information that a female victim had been dropped off at the Ventura County Medical Center suffering from a gunshot to the arm.
Officers pursued the suspect on foot as the suspect ran into a residence that was determined to be his. The suspect gave up after 45 minutes of negotiating and was taken into custody without further incident.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect had confronted two male individuals who were inside a private community pool after hours. An argument ensued with a verbal exchange. The suspect left after the argument.
The two male individuals left the pool area and were returning to their vehicle to leave. They arrived at their car and the suspect was standing near the door of the vehicle. Another argument ensued as the two individuals were prevented from leaving by the suspect. The female victim, who was familiar with the two males, arrived to calm the situation down. A scuffle broke out between the three males and the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired one round striking the female bystander.
The suspect was booked into Ventura County Jail for attempted murder and is being held on $510,000 bail. The victim remains in Ventura County Medical Center receiving treatment for her non-life-threatening injuries.
On March 24, at approximately 2:30 pm, the Ventura Police responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at a residence on the 8700 block of Boise St. Ventura. Once on scene, the officers contacted the victim, who had suffered three minor stab wounds to her neck. The suspect, who is the victim’s roommate, 47 year old Ventura resident Denise Dabbs, was still at the location and admitted to stabbing the victim.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for her wounds. Dabbs was arrested for attempted murder and booked into the Ventura County Jail. Ventura Police Major Crimes Detectives are still investigating this crime. Anyone with information related to this crime are encouraged to contact Sergeant Bill Dolan at 805-339-4444.
Felony Evading, Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle, Hit and Run
On March 27, at approximately 3:45 pm, Ventura Police Patrol Officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the area of Harbor Blvd. and the Ventura Pier. The car, a white Jeep Cherokee, was reported stolen in Ventura on March 26, 2022. The driver did not yield to officers, and a pursuit was initiated. Officers pursued the vehicle eastbound Harbor Blvd. for about 2 miles and terminated the pursuit due to the driver failing to stop at a red light and driving at a high rate of speed.
After the pursuit was terminated, a witness notified officers that the vehicle was seen turning onto Spinnaker Dr. towards the Ventura Harbor. Officers located the car parked and unoccupied in the 1300 Block of Spinnaker Drive. As officers checked the area, they saw 22 year old Santa Barbara resident Joshua Campbell, who matched the driver’s description, walking near the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. Officers took Campbell into custody without incident. During the investigation, officers learned that a minor hit and run traffic collision involving the Jeep Cherokee occurred at Harbor Blvd and Olivas Park Dr.
Campbell was arrested for Felony Evading, Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle, Hit and Run, and a parole violation. No one was injured during this incident.