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.
Sandra Dillard pleads guilty to murder
Dillard pleaded guilty to a 2021 murder charge. According to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Sandra Dillard, 41, fatally stabbed Kelsey Dillon in September 2021; her body was discovered in Ventura two days after she was killed.
Prior to being arrested for Dillon’s murder, Dillard was detained in July of 2022 for grand theft of a firearm after stealing a shotgun from her roommate.
Two days later, Dillard attacked a female deputy at the Todd Road Jail in Santa Paula and was charged with battery on a peace officer.
Negligent Discharge of a Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon Arrest
On February 20, at approximately 3:30 pm , the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 9-1-1 call from a business in the 3600 block of Harbor Blvd. of a subject shooting a gun out of the window of a white sedan. The caller saw the suspect shoot the firearm in the air, towards his office as it traveled southbound on Harbor Blvd., towards the City of Oxnard. An additional witness was able to provide a partial license plate to the vehicle.
The Ventura Police Department Command Center notified the surrounding law enforcement agencies and a Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle traveling on Ventura Avenue near Fix Way. The Sheriff Deputy and Ventura Police Officers conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle and the firearm was located.
Witnesses to the shooting positively identified 33-year-old Ventura resident Travis Booth as the passenger who shot the firearm and 34-year-old Ventura resident Jessica Harmon as the driver of the vehicle. The 9mm handgun is owned by Harmon and was seized as evidence. Officers located shell casings on Harbor Blvd. and were unable to locate any impact rounds in the surrounding businesses.
Booth was arrested for Discharge of a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner and Harmon was arrested Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Vehicle. Booth and Harmon were booked at the Ventura County Jail.
Possession for Sales and Maintaining a Drug House arrests
On February 23, at 5:50 pm, detectives from the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant in the 10 block of West Barnett St. with the assistance of K-9 officers and patrol. The search warrant was related to an ongoing narcotics investigation. Several subjects were located on the property. The search of the residence found a large quantity of fentanyl, methamphetamine, multiple firearms, and stolen property. At the conclusion of the investigation, the following arrests were made: 48-year-old Ventura resident Marcos Angulo was arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance.
Lee Olson, 34-year-old Ventura resident, was arrested for maintaining a residence for the purposes of the use or sales of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm with a controlled substance, and felon in possession of ammunition.
Rocky Holbert, 33-year-old Ventura resident, fled from the residence but was arrested by detectives immediately after and he was arrested for delaying a peace officer and a Post Release Offender hold.
Logan Hoyt, 19-year-old Ventura resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Shooting Homicide UPDATE
On February 19, at approximately 1:00 am, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call of a subject disturbing outside a residence in the 11000 block of Mimosa St. As officers were responding to the call the reporting party called back and stated there was now a shooting victim that was inside of their residence.
Officer arrived on scene and located the victim, a 25-year-old male, who suffered from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim received advanced life support from Ventura City Fire and AMR and was transported to Ventura County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
The ensuing investigation revealed that there was a possible altercation in the front yard of the reporting persons residence prior to the shooting. Currently the suspect is outstanding, and the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with any information about this crime is requested to contact the Ventura Police Departments nonemergency line at 805-650-8010.
The Ventura Police Department has been actively investigating this crime since it occurred. During the course of the investigation information was developed that led to the service of a search warrant today, in the 700 block of West Santa Paula St in the City of Santa Paula. During the service of that search warrant 21-year-old Santa Paula resident Jose Posadas was arrested for the murder.
He was subsequently booked into Ventura County Jail without incident. Posadas has prior convictions of weapons violations, gang violations, stolen vehicle, and resisting arrest.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information about this crime should contact Corporal Gil Pusen at 805-339-4463.