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.
On October 4, at approximately 7:45 am, a resident in the 500 block of Redwood Ave. witnessed the suspect walk up to his residence and enter the garage. The resident called the police department, and officers located the suspect, identified as 29-year-old vagrant Hannah Craver, still inside the garage, going through the victim’s property. Officers detained Craver and found her to be in possession of the victim’s property.
Craver was arrested and transported to Ventura County Medical Center. While at the hospital, she attempted to escape from the officers but was quickly subdued. No injuries were sustained, and Craver was booked at the Ventura County Jail for Burglary and Attempt to escape custody.
Brandishing of a Weapon and Criminal Threats Arrest
On October 8, at approximately 4:00 pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received several calls about a pregnant female vagrant waving a knife in the area of California St. and Santa Clara Street. As officers responded, the female fled the area, followed by a park ambassador.
Officers stopped the female a few blocks away and she was identified as 33-year-old vagrant Rebecca Ross. The investigation revealed Ross picked up a knife from an outside table at a restaurant near Main St. and California Street. Ross began throwing the knife in the air near restaurant patrons. Fearing for their safety, a patron confronted Ross, and Ross brandished the knife at the patron. Ross fled from the area and was detained by officers. No one was injured during this incident.
Ross was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center to be medically cleared before being booked at the Ventura County Jail for Brandishing a Weapon and Criminal Threats.
Commercial Burglary and Vandalism
On October 9, at approximately 4:15 am, the Ventura Police Department Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a security guard indicating there was possibly a burglary in progress at a business in the 700 block of East Main Street. Ventura Police Department patrol officers responded to the location and found that an unknown suspect had forced entry into the business by breaking through the front door. Officers checked the business, but the suspect had already fled.
On the same date, at approximately 5:30 am, The Ventura Police Department Communications Center received another call regarding vandalism and a possible burglary in progress at the Sommerset apartments at 540 East Santa Clara Street. The reporting person stated that the suspect broke the glass front door and was trying to open doors inside the apartment building. Patrol officers responded to that location and found the suspect (later identified as 57-year-old vagrant John Ramirez) outside of the apartment complex. Officers found that the suspect was in possession of property taken from the earlier burglary on East Main Street. Officers also determined that Ramirez had broken the front door to the apartment complex and forced entry. It appears he made it into the common area of the complex but did not enter any apartments.
Ramirez was placed under arrest and transported to the Ventura County Jail where he was booked for commercial burglary and felony vandalism.
An internet search revealed that Ramirez was booked for felony vandalism by the Oxnard Police Department on August 21, 2023. He was released on his own recognizance on October 5, 2023.
Felony Evading, Felony Hit & Run, Possession of Narcotics and Paraphernalia Arrest
On Oct. 15, at 2:53 pm, officers patrolling the area of Valentine St. and Portola Rd. attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a motorcycle for a traffic violation. The motorcycle rider who had a rear passenger, failed to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and siren and a pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit the motorcyclist, later identified as Brendan Clinch, he drove recklessly while endangering others on the roadway. Clinch eventually entered the SR 101 southbound onramp from Valentine Rd. where he encountered heavy traffic and proceeded to ride at a high rate of speed on the shoulder portion of the freeway. Due to the inherent danger caused by Clinch’s behavior, officers cancelled their pursuit.
A short time later, the Ventura Police Communications Center received numerous 911 calls of a multiple vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on the southbound 101 freeway just south of the Victoria Ave. onramp. Officers arrived on scene and discovered Clinch and his passenger fleeing the scene but were apprehended. Both Clinch and his passenger were transported to the Ventura County Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of their injuries. Clinch was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, felony evading, and felony hit and run and later booked at the Ventura County Jail.