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.
UPDATE: Stabbing Homicide With Arrest
Ventura Police Detectives continued this investigation and determined that the suspect was on foot when he approached the victim who was standing on the pike bath alongside his bicycle. The suspect stabbed the victim numerous timesto the upper torso. After following up on numerous leads the suspect was identified as 39-year-old Ventura resident Pedro Munoz.
On July 26, at approximately 5:30 pm, an alert patrol officer saw a subject matching the description at the dead end of Valentine Rd. east of Victoria Av. As the officer contacted him, Munoz attempted to flee and fought with the officer. The officer was able to take Munoz into custody without further incident.
Munoz was transported to the Ventura County Jail and booked on one count of murder, one count of felonious assault on a police officer, false information to a police officer, and possession of illegal narcotics.
Munoz has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and assaulting police officers.
On July 23, at approximately 2:00 pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call of a stabbing that just occurred on the bike path west of Victoria Av on the extension of Montalvo Hill Park. Responding officers located one male adultsuffering from multiple stab woundsto the upper torso. The victim, 26-year-old Ventura resident Marcos Guzman Reyes, was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The Ventura Police Department Major Crimes Detectives are currently investigating the incident. The ensuing investigation revealed that one suspect approached the victim on the bike path and stabbed him numerous times.
The suspect fled across Victoria Av into Montalvo Hill Park, as well as the adjacent shopping center and into the neighborhood east of the shopping center on Tanager St. The suspect continued south on Hill Rd., then into the Montalvo area. It appears that the suspect also sustained injuries during the altercation. The suspect is still outstanding.
Anyone with any information or possible video footage of anyone that matches the description of the suspect is asked to call Detective Tovar at 805-339-4462.
On July 27, at approximately 3:30 am, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call of a stabbing victim in the 3000 Block of Market St. Responding officers located the victim who had several lacerations to his upper body and face.
The ensuing investigation determined that the victim was riding his bicycle on the bike path that connects Harbor Blvd. with Arundell Ave. when two subjects, one a Black or Hispanic Male in his 30’s with a large build and the second a White or Hispanic Male in his 30’s with a thin build, approached him from the opposite direction. An altercation occurred and the victim was stabbed several times to the face and body. The victim road his bicycle to Market St and summoned police and fire. The victim was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center for non-lifethreatening injuries.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is requested to call the Ventura Police Department at 650-8010.