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.
Stabbing with Arrest
On August 17, at 7:00 am, the Ventura Police Command Center received a 911 call of a stabbing victim in the 200 block of Poli St. Responding officers arrived on scene within three minutes of the call and located the victim suffering from a stab wound to the lower extremities.
The ensuing investigation revealed that the victim and suspect, 46-year-old Ventura resident Billy Fields, were acquaintances and attended a party at the suspects residence. The suspect woke up in the morning and accused the victim of stealing his property. He began to punch and kick the victim and threatened him with a knife.
The two were involved in physical confrontation when the victim was stabbed in the lower extremities.
The victim was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was located inside his residence after a brief stand off and was arrested without further incident. The suspect was taken to the Ventura County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making threats.
Lewd Acts with a Minor/Furnishing Marijuana to Minor Arrest
In March of 2022, The Ventura Police SVU (Special Victims Unit) began investigating a report of 33-year-old Fillmore resident Matthew Stanwood performing a lewd act on a minor. Throughout the investigation, SVU learned that Stanwood had also provided the minor with marijuana.
On August 17, SVU learned Stanwood would be back in Ventura after working out of state. On August 18, at approximately 4:00 pm, Detectives conducted an operation to locate and arrest Stanwood. Stanwood was located at Marina Park in The City of Ventura. He was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Stanwood was booked at Ventura County Jail for Lewd Acts With a Minor and Furnishing Marijuana to a Minor both are felonies.
SVU has information that there may be additional victims. Anyone who believes they are a victim should contact Detective Hume at (805) 339-4472.