Category Archives: Police Reports

Former Ventura Mayor shot by burglar

Gregory Carson became Mayor at only 33 years old.

A police report stated that on Oct. 9, at 7:50pm, in the 8200 block of Denver Street, Gregory Carson (57) had been shot in his home while interrupting a residential burglary. The shots Carson received non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Shortly after the incident was reported, an alert Ventura Police Officer saw a vehicle that witnesses described as leaving the vicinity of the crime. The officer followed the vehicle south on Montgomery Ave. across North Bank Drive. The suspects abandoned the vehicle on Topaz Ave., and Alejandro Valdez, 26, an Oxnard resident, was immediately taken into custody. With the use of Ventura Police K-9’s and assistance from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Air Unit, Ventura Police Officers searched for the remaining 3 suspects, however, they were not located. The additional suspects were described as Hispanic males 20-30 years old.

Gregory Carson served on the Ventura City Council and as Mayor in 1991 when he was only 33 years old. He was appointed to the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners on June 23, 2008 and has served on several other boards as well.

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – Police Reports

Brandishing a Firearm

On Sunday, October 18th, at 8:08 p.m., the VPD received a call from Jose Castillo, who reported a suspect brandished a firearm at him in the 600 block of Riverside Street.

The suspect, Javier Castro, had made threatening statements to Castillo while brandishing a firearm. Castillo feared for his life and called 911. Responding officers located Castro attempting to drive away.

Officers stopped the vehicle Castro was driving at Warner Street and Ventura Avenue and took him into custody. During the search of Castro’s vehicle, officers located a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a high capacity magazine. Castro had previously been convicted of multiple felonies and is prohibited from possessing a firearm and/or ammunition.

Evading Police

On Thursday, October 22nd, at 10:20 p.m., the VPD received multiple calls reporting gunfire on North Dunning Avenue. The callers reported seeing a silver vehicle occupied with multiple subjects fleeing the scene eastbound on Telegraph Road. As officers were responding to scene, they observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description driving at a high rate of speed near the Five-Points intersection.

Officers attempted to the stop vehicle but the vehicle failed to yield. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle stopped on Howard Street, near Thompson Boulevard, and the suspect driver, Andrew Hurns, fled from the vehicle on foot. The other four occupants in the vehicle complied with officers’ instructions, and they were taken into custody safely. As for Hurns, he was eventually taken into custody after he was located hiding in a nearby neighborhood.

The subsequent investigation revealed Hurns had threatened the residents at a home on San Luis Street with a replica firearm. The victim, in fear for his safety, armed himself with a real firearm and fired several rounds at Hurns’ vehicle. The bullets struck the vehicle, but no individuals were struck by the gunfire.

The replica firearm and a small quantity of narcotics were recovered from the suspect vehicle. Hurns was booked at the VC Jail.

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 – Police Reports

Firearm Possession

On Sunday, September 27th, at 7:28 a.m., officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances at a residence in the 1800 block of Topaz Avenue. The caller reported seeing an unknown subject, Dan Hulsey, sleeping on the doorstep of a neighbor’s residence. Hulsey was said to be in a sleeping bag.

When the first officer contacted Hulsey, he found that he had a firearm on the ground next to him. Additional officers arrived and took Hulsey into custody.

The investigation revealed the firearm, along with several other items of property found in Hulsey’s possession, was stolen out of an unreported burglary to a motorhome in Saticoy. All of the property was returned to the owner.

Package Theft

On Friday, September 25th, at 1:50 p.m., an alert citizen saw Mary Dunham-Lopez and Victoria Sander-Robles attempt to steal a delivery package from the front porch of his house. After the suspects were confronted by the citizen, they dropped the package and fled from the porch. The citizen called the police to report the crime, and he briefly followed the suspects as they fled in their vehicle.

A responding patrol officer located the suspect vehicle and was able to conduct a traffic stop in the 2200 block of East Main Street. The subsequent investigation revealed additional stolen delivery packages from other residences in Ventura. The suspects were arrested and booked into VC Jail. The owners of the recovered stolen packages were contacted and the items were returned.

Armed Robbery

On Tuesday, September 29th, at 11:05 p.m., the VPD received a call from one of the clerks at the Shell Gas Station on 2440 South Victoria Avenue who stated that they had been a victim of an armed robbery. The suspect, a Hispanic male in his 30’s, entered the store and walked up to the counter displaying a handgun. The suspect demanded that the two clerks give him money. One of the clerks opened the cash register and handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled away from the gas station.

Several patrol officers responded to the area and attempted to locate the suspect, but he was not found.

Armed Robbery

On Thursday, October 1st, at 4:09 a.m., the VPD received a call from a Three Star Book and News clerk, located at 359 East Main Street, reporting an armed robbery. The suspect entered the store posing as a customer and lured the clerk from around the counter. Then the suspect pointed a handgun at clerk and demanded the money from the register. Once the suspect received the money, he bound the victim’s wrist and forced him to lie on the ground. The clerk was ordered not to move and he was unharmed during this incident.  The suspect fled in an unknown direction.

VPD patrol officers responded to the area and attempted to locate the suspect, but he was not located.

Felon in Possession of Firearm

On Thursday, October 1st, at 8:28 p.m., two officers assigned to a special enforcement detail were in the area of North Bank Drive and Johnson Drive when they observed Jeffrey Savala riding a bicycle without a light. The officers stopped Savala, who was acting very nervous and reached for his waistband area. One of the officers conducted a patdown search of Savala and found a loaded handgun in his pants pocket. After further investigation, the officers learned that the serial number on the handgun had been obliterated and Savala is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. Savala recently plead guilty to two counts of felony vandalism for his involvement in a series of tire slashes that occurred in the city of Ventura earlier this year and was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing.

Burglary With Shooting

On  Friday, October 9th, at 7;50pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received several calls regarding a shooting at a residence in the 8200 block of Denver Street.  Patrol officers arrived on scene and found a victim at the residence who was suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed the victim had interrupted a residential burglary at the house and was shot by the suspect.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.



Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Police Reports

Prowling and Vehicle Tampering

On Wednesday, September 16th, at 2:52 a.m., the VPD received a phone call from an alert resident in the 5400 block of Ralston Street stating that a subject was trying door handles to vehicles in the area of the Ralston Courtyards Apartment Complex. A Ventura sergeant arrived and observed the suspect looking into vehicles and attempting to enter them. The suspect set off a car alarm in the carport area. After hearing the alarm, the sergeant identified himself and the suspect fled. The Sergeant gave chase and caught the suspect with the assistance of other arriving officers.

The suspect, Diego Santos, was arrested on July 26th for vehicle tampering, resisting arrest, prowling, and possession of stolen property after being found in the same area checking door handles on vehicles. On that date, Santos ran from officers and was caught with stolen property in his possession. Santos is currently on probation for vehicle tampering and possession of stolen property.

Armed Robbery

On Friday, September 18th, at 10:56 p.m., the VPD received a call from the victim of an armed robbery. The victim was parked in front of the Starbucks at 4711 Telephone Road and he was working on his computer inside of his vehicle. The suspect startled the victim and pointed a handgun at him. The suspect demanded the victim’s property, and he complied with the suspect’s demands. The victim was unharmed during the commission of this crime.

The suspect was described a White or Hispanic male in his 30s, and he was last seen running from the scene towards Donlon Street in the vicinity of the Target shopping center. The surrounding business complexes and the local area were searched for the suspect with negative results.

Strong Arm Robbery

On Saturday, September 19th, at 3:57 p.m., the VPD received several calls of vagrants physically fighting in front of a business in the 4700 block of Telephone Road. While officers were still responding to the call, one of the callers reported that a female, identified as Terri Atherton, was injured.

Officers learned that Atherton was sitting on a bench to the front of a business when the suspect, Christopher Living, walked past her. Living grabbed a pack of cigarettes from Atherton’s purse and as he removed the cigarettes, punched her several times in the face.  A brief struggle ensued, before Living fled from the scene.

Officers located Living a short distance away. Living was booked into the VC Jail.

Atherton was treated at the scene by VC Fire personnel for non-life threatening injuries to her face and then transported to VCMC by ambulance.

Multiple Stabbings

On Sunday, September 20th, at 4:04 p.m., the VPD received numerous calls of a physical fight, with individuals being stabbed, at a baseball game in Harry A. Lyon Park in the 2000 block of Cameron Street. Officers found two stabbing victims at the park. The victims were a 19-year-old male suffering from several life threatening injuries and a 38-year-old male suffering from serious injuries both to their upper torso. A third stabbing victim, identified as a 21-year-old male, was found in front of Deanza School. He was also found to be suffering from several life threatening stab wounds.

All three individuals were transported to VCMC for treatment of their injuries and are currently listed in serious to critical condition.

A 19-year-old male, Isaac Lopez, was located several blocks away by responding officers and taken into custody as being involved in the stabbings. The third individual found stabbed in front of the school has been identified as a possible suspect in the stabbing.

Vehicle Vandalisms

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the VPD received several reports of vehicles having been vandalized during the nighttime hours in the neighborhood above Main Street, between Palm Street and Lincoln Drive. A total of 15 vehicles were vandalized by having tires slashed. These crimes appear to have been random in nature and were not targeting a specific victim. This is the second time in the last month of similar incidents in this area, but at this time it is unknown if they are related. The suspect is believed to be a White male, between the ages of 40-50, wearing a brimmed hat.

Resisting Arrest

On Wednesday, September 23rd, at 9:53 p.m., the VPD received a request for assistance from the VC Sheriff’s Dept. They were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a reckless driver speeding on the 101 freeway. The suspect vehicle exited at Seaward Avenue and VPD officers assumed control of the pursuit, as it traveled through the city limits. The suspect vehicle entered the neighborhoods in the vicinity Skyline and Foothill Road.

As the suspect vehicle traveled through these residential neighborhoods, the driver would stop the car in the middle of the street and yell obscenities at officers. Officers were able to position themselves at the intersection of Alverstone and Rainier and waited for the suspect to drive through the intersection. The officers deployed a “Stop Stick,” a tool designed to puncture and deflate the tires of a suspect’s vehicle safely. As the suspect approached the intersection, he slowed down and attempted to drive around the Stop Stick but was unsuccessful. The suspect finally stopped driving after his front tires drove over the device.

The suspect continued to disobey officer’s instructions and refused to exit his vehicle. Officers eventually had to approach the suspect’s vehicle and they were able to take the suspect into custody using a minimal amount of force. The suspect, Leon Burton, was arrested and booked at the VC Jail.

Bank Robbery

On Sept. 25, at 8:40 am a white male wearing dark clothes walked into the Union Bank, 700 block S. Victoria Ave., approached the teller counter and said he had a gun and demanded money.  The tellers turned over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, and the suspect fled from the bank.  Patrol officers responded to the call, however they did not locate the suspect.

Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – Police Reports

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

On Saturday, August 29th, at 6:12 p.m., an officer on patrol saw a red Ford pickup speeding in the area of Ralston Street and Saratoga Avenue, and ran the vehicle’s license plate number. The vehicle was a reported stolen vehicle out of Santa Barbara. The vehicle immediately began to accelerate away from the officer.

Officers continued pursuing the vehicle, which entered southbound Highway 101.  The pursuit continued and exited Rice Avenue, into Oxnard. Once patrol units from the Oxnard PD were in position, they took over the vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit was terminated near the intersection of Yucca and Las Tunas Place, after the OPD deployed spike strips. The driver, Terrance Trout, was taken into custody without incident.

The Ventura Police Department took custody of Trout and later booked him into the VC Jail. During the pursuit, two female passengers got out of the vehicle in the area of the auto center. Those females were contacted and released.


Grand Theft

police Robert KalstromEarlier this year, William Kent contacted the VPD to report fraudulent activity at a vehicle restoration business, Endless Customz, located at 1570 Callens Road. Kent told investigators that the business owner, Robert Kalstrom, sold a vehicle that belonged to Kent and then stole the proceeds from the sale. Kent reported that Kalstrom had also stolen several vehicle parts from the vehicle prior to selling it.

Over the course of the investigation, Major Crimes Detectives determined that Kalstrom committed fraud and grand theft with an estimated loss of over $20,000. While the investigation continued, Kalstrom relocated his business to 6587 Ventura Boulevard.

On Wednesday, September 2nd, 2:00 p.m., detectives arrested Kalstrom without incident. Kalstrom was booked at the VC Jail.


ATM Theft Arrest

During the month of April 2015, detectives with the VPD Street Crimes Unit began an investigation into several reported thefts from Bank of America ATM’s at two separate locations in Ventura.

The victims had reported that a suspicious male had been loitering nearby as they withdrew funds from an ATM. A short time later the victims discovered that unauthorized withdrawals in the amount of $400.00 had been made from their accounts.

These ATM thefts began in February and continued sporadically for the next several months. In July, still images of the suspect were posted of the department’s Facebook site.

In August, detectives identified Eric Arteaga as the suspect in these crimes. A search warrant for Arteaga and his residence in Camarillo was obtained and on September 3rd. Detectives served the warrant and arrested him without incident.


Armed Robbery

On Monday, September 7th, at 5:15 p.m., the VPD received several calls of a possible interrupted vehicle burglary in the 1400 block of Callens Road. One of the suspects, Ricardo Navarro, was being physically detained. Officers arrived and took custody of Navarro.

An adult female had parked her vehicle outside of a business and left her two young children unattended inside. As the female went inside, Navarro and an unknown Hispanic male and white female entered the unlocked vehicle, unaware of the children inside, and began ransacking it. Another family member saw them inside and alerted the others.

All three suspects began running with several family members chasing after them. The unknown Hispanic male and white female got into an awaiting vehicle, being driven by another female suspect, and fled, leaving Navarro.

By that time, a 19-year-old female and her 44-year-old father, both family members of the parked vehicle’s owner, were able to catch up to Navarro, who turned on them and sprayed them both with pepper spray. Unaffected by the pepper spray, the female victim picked up the can and started chasing after Navarro. She caught up a second time and sprayed him in the face with his own can of pepper spray. This incapacitated Navarro long enough for other family members to hold him down until officers arrived.


Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

On Wednesday, September 9th, at 1:25 a.m., a Ventura patrol officer observed a black Dodge Charger parked in the 300 block of Paseo De Playa. The officer was aware a vehicle matching this description had been stolen from the west end of Ventura. The officer confirmed this was in fact the stolen vehicle and waited for additional officers to arrive on scene.

The officers approached the vehicle and found the driver, Vincent Hernandez, asleep behind the wheel. Hernandez was detained without incident and admitted to taking the vehicle earlier in the day. Hernandez was placed under arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle. Hernandez was also found to be in possession of controlled substance and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The passenger, Graciela Banuelos was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant. Both Hernandez and Banuelos were later booked into the VC Jail.


Residential Burglary

On Wednesday, September 9th, at 1:49 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in progress in the 100 block of Barry Drive. As patrol officers responded, a plain clothes detective who was in the area on an unrelated investigation, arrived in the area of the call and saw the two suspects fleeing the area. Once the patrol officers were in the area of Rocklite and Ventura Avenue, they began to search for the suspects. A police K9 was use during the search, and after a few minutes, the first suspect, Jose Vera, was located and apprehended by the K9. As the first suspect was taken into custody, additional patrol officers arrived in the area and began searching for the second suspect. After a lengthy search for the second suspect, Menahem Aguilar, the K9 located him hiding in a yard.

Both suspects were transported to VCMC for the injuries received during the arrests. They were both booked into VC Jail. No one else

Vol. 8, No. 24 – September 2 – September 15, 2015 – Police Reports


On Wednesday, August 12th, at 12:13 a.m., the VPD received a call from a victim claiming to be stabbed.

Officers arrived and learned that Christopher Cabrey and Sean Wachman were leaving the Circle K store at the corner of Main Street and Laurel Street when two male suspects confronted them. The suspects demanded the victim’s money and property. Unprovoked, the suspects began to attack Cabrey and Wachman. The suspects fled the area in a red sedan with one of the victim’s property. During the attack, Cabrey was stabbed. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Cabrey was transported to the VCMC and received treatment for a serious, but non-life threatening stab wound. Wachman was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Detectives conducted follow-up and identified Jose Ruiz as one of the suspects. On August 15th at 7:30 p.m., a patrol officer located Ruiz on Main Street in downtown Ventura and arrested him without incident. Ruiz was booked at the VC Jail. The second suspect is still outstanding.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm

On Sunday, August 16th, at 12:10 a.m., a patrol officer observed a vehicle driving in the area of Kimball Road and Highway 126 overpass. The officer conducted a vehicle stop for an equipment violation and contacted the driver, later identified as Salvador Gutierrez. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle.

The officer developed information to conduct a search of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle, a loaded handgun with an extended magazine was found concealed underneath the driver’s seat.

Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and booked into the VC Jail. The female passenger was released from the scene.

Battery of an Officer

On Tuesday, August 18th, at 5:41 p.m., patrol officers responded to a reported domestic in the 100 block of South California Street. As the first patrol officer arrived on scene and attempted to contact the involved people, Anthony Mosqueda, who was an involved person, fled from the officer. The officer chased after him and the foot pursuit led the officer onto the Promenade area of the beach. As the officer pursued Mosqueda, a female who was later identified as Anthony’s sister, Kathleen Mosqueda, shoved the officer in an attempt to stop the officer’s pursuit of her brother.

As the officer stopped to contact Kathleen and determine why she had pushed him, her boyfriend Juan Loaza, kicked the officer from behind. At that point, the officer realized the contact wasn’t accidental, and he attempted to detain both Loaza and Kathleen Mosqueda.  Both of them became combative with him. As he attempted to handcuff Loaza, Kathleen continued to attack him. Once Loaza was in custody, the officer arrested Kathleen and placed her in handcuffs. As he did this, Loaza who was handcuffed, ran away from the officer, and the officer caught him.

As this was occurring, other officers who were also in the area captured the original outstanding suspect, Anthony Mosqueda. He was treated at VCMC and later booked at VC Jail. Kathleen Mosqueda and Juan Loaza were both arrested and booked at VC Jail.

The officer was also treated at VCMC for minor injuries he received during the incident.

Armed Robbery

On Wednesday, August 19th, at 1:50 a.m., the VPD received a call from the two victims reporting they had been robbed at gunpoint in the 800 block of Caliente Street.

Officers learned the victims were sitting in their parked vehicle when the suspect approached them. The suspect demanded the victims’ wallets and cell phone. The victim hesitated, and the suspect pointed a gun at one of the victims. The victim gave the suspect their belongings and the suspect fled the area in a light colored sedan that was waiting nearby.

Later, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a mechanical violation near the intersection of Inyo Street and Sacramento Street. Officers determined that the driver, Vincent Hernandez, was a Parolee at large with an active warrant. Officers took Hernandez into custody and searched the vehicle, where they located a replica handgun under the driver’s seat and noticed that Hernandez closely matched the description of the suspect in the robbery from earlier.

Resisting Officers

On Thursday, August 20th, at 4:54 p.m., patrol officers responded to an apartment in the 1200 block of South Petit regarding David Latida, making threats at his ex-girlfriend’s family’s residence. As officers arrived at the residence and began their investigation, Latida walked out of the apartment. When officers attempted to talk with him, he fled from them and ran back inside. The officers pursued him into the residence, and as they caught him, he continued to resist the officers. During the struggle, a loaded firearm fell from the Latida’s possession. Latida was taken into custody.

Residential Burglary Arrest

On Saturday, August 22nd, at 6:09 p.m., the VPD received several calls from numerous homeowners in the 400 block of Seaward Avenue, reporting that neighbors were physically detaining a subject found inside of a residence. Officers arrived on scene and took custody of the subject, later identified as the suspect, Matthew Scott.

During the investigation officers learned that the victim homeowner had exited his residence and went into his backyard, leaving the front door unlocked. While in the backyard, Scott entered the residence through the front door, then leaned out from inside a back bedroom window and looked at the victim. The victim went back into his residence and physically forced Scott out to the front yard. Several neighbors came to the aid of the victim and helped him detain Scott until officers arrived on scene.

While being detained, Scott struck his head on a wall and sustained a minor injury to his head. He was arrested and transported by AMR ambulance to VCMC for treatment of his injuries. After being medically cleared, Scott will be booked into the VC Jail.

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

On Monday, August 24th, at 11:49 p.m., the victim contacted the VPD to report his vehicle had been stolen from in front of his downtown residence sometime during the night. Later that night, just before midnight, a patrol officer observed the vehicle travelling eastbound on Telephone Road with no headlights. The Officer conducted a traffic stop and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day.

Officers contacted the suspect, and 3 juveniles in the stolen vehicle.  During the investigation officers learned that the suspect, Brandon Costanza, had picked up the three juveniles in the stolen vehicle earlier in the day.

Costanza was booked at the VC Jail.  The 3 juveniles were issued citations for curfew violations and released to their parents.

The vehicle was returned to the owner at the scene with only minor damage.

Armed Robbery Arrest

On Tuesday, August 18th, at 1:44 a.m., the VPD received a call referencing an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Victoria Motel, located at 2350 South Victoria Avenue. Patrol officers responded and met with three victims. The victims reported that they were all sharing a room when they were awoken by somebody knocking on their hotel room door. One of the victims got up and as he answered the door, all three suspects forced their way in to the room. Once inside the room, one of the suspects had a gun, and while he held all three victims at gunpoint, the other two suspects took the victim’s property.

At the conclusion of the robbery, the suspects exited the room with the victim’s property, got in to separate vehicles and then fled. The responding officers reviewed surveillance video and identified Charles Barnum as one of the suspects. A few hours later, a patrol officer spotted Barnum driving on Victoria Ave. and he was arrested without incident.

Major Crimes and Street Crimes Detectives assisted with the investigation and identified Joshua Solorzano and John Sevillano as the other two suspects. Officers located both of the outstanding suspects in Ventura and arrested them without incident. All three suspects were booked at the VC Jail for robbery. Nobody was injured as

Vol. 8, No. 23 – August 19 – September 1, 2015 – Police Reports

police MoralesSexual Abuse
On the 7th of December, 2014, VPD Dispatch received a report of lewd conduct with a child that occurred in the 800 Block of North Ventura Avenue. A juvenile victim reported to a patrol officer that a man who was known to the victim and his family had sexually assaulted him. The victim was playing outside his house when the suspect picked him up and took him into another residence, where the assault occurred. The suspect was known to the victim as, “Don Pepe.”

Ventura Police detectives began a follow up investigation and identified the suspect as Jose Morales. Once the evidence was fully processed, the results further supported the victim’s statement.

On Tuesday, August 8th, Jose Morales was arrested by the VPD in the 200 Block of East Main Street and booked at the VC Jail.

Vehicle Pursuit
On Tuesday, August 4th, at 2:50 p.m., detectives with the VPD Street Crimes Unit developed information about a wanted subject, Robert Reeves, in the 1200 block of Meta Street. VPD observed a vehicle, driven by Donald Reyes, arrive and pick up Reeves. As the officers attempted to stop this vehicle it fled at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle drove recklessly to the residential area of Channel Drive and Evergreen Drive. Officers lost sight of the vehicle and set up a perimeter.

At  3:06 p.m., residents on Borchard Drive reported seeing a suspicious male running through yards and was last seen jumping into a backyard in the 2600 block of Ocean Avenue. Officers found the suspect driver, Reyes, attempting to hide in the back yard. Reyes was taken into custody without further incident.

Officers located Reeves and a second subject, Rocky Mattley hiding in a converted garage at a residence in the 3800 block of Paloma Drive. Both were taken into custody without further incident. Reyes, Reeves, and Mattley were booked.

Two handguns were located in the garage where Reeves and Mattley were found and additional charges are pending.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle
On Sunday, August 9th, at 3:47 p.m., a patrol officer was driving in the 2600 block of Thompson Boulevard when he observed a suspicious vehicle near the Wendy’s restaurant. The officer went to contact the driver of the vehicle, Estrella Martinez, who had parked and fled from the vehicle before the officer was able to make contact with her. She was located outside of the restaurant and identified by the officer as being the driver. The investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Port Hueneme and had different license plates on the vehicle.

Martinez was arrested and booked into the VC Jail. The vehicle was impounded.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm
On Sunday, August 9th, at 7:46 p.m., a patrol officer observed a vehicle occupied by several subjects who were acting suspicious. The vehicle also had expired registration.  The officer activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop and as the vehicle came to a stop near the corner of Center Street and Ventura Avenue, one of the vehicle’s occupants, later identified as a 17-year-old male juvenile, exited the vehicle and fled.  The vehicle quickly accelerated away from the area. The officer, and a second back up officer, chased the male juvenile and observed him throw an object onto a nearby rooftop.  After a brief foot pursuit, the juvenile was caught and detained.

Officers searched the rooftop and found a loaded handgun. The male juvenile was arrested and lodged into juvenile hall.

On Wednesday, August 12th, at 12:13 a.m., the VPD received a call from a victim reporting a stabbing.

Officers arrived and learned the victims, Christopher Cabrey and Sean Wachman, were leaving the Circle K store at the corner of Main Street and Laurel Street when two male suspects, white males in their twenties, confronted them. The suspects demanded the victims’ money and property and then attacked Cabrey and Wachman. The suspects fled the area. During the attack, Cabrey was stabbed. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Cabrey was transported to the VCMC and received treatment for a serious, but non-life threatening stab wound. Wachman was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Stabbing with Arrest
On Wednesday, August 12th, at 4:32 p.m., the VPD received a call from Sage Ford. Ford said he had been stabbed and beaten while he was at Plaza Park, and after the incident, he fled from the park to a nearby street where he called. Officers responded to the 200 block of South Laurel Street where they found Ford and confirmed he had been stabbed and beaten.

Officers located the suspect, Derrick Dawson, at Plaza Park and detained him. Dawson had stabbed and beaten Ford because he had caused a disturbance earlier in the day at the park with one of the Dawson’s friends.

Dawson was transported to VC Jail where he was booked. Ford was initially treated by AMR and then transported to VCMC where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Armed Robbery
On Thursday, August 13th, at 8:12 p.m., the suspect, a Hispanic male, walked into the Chevron Gas Station located at 2314 East Thompson Boulevard and approached the cashier. He showed the employee a handgun and demanded the money from the cash register. The employee gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, and the suspect ran out of the business. He was last seen running into the neighborhood on the south side of the business. Responding officers checked the area, however the suspect was not located.

Vol. 8, No. 15 – April 29–May 12, 2015 – Police Reports

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

On Wednesday, April 15th, at 10:30 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation in the area of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road. Prior to stopping the vehicle, a records check indicated that it had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Oxnard. As the officer continued to follow the vehicle and wait for additional resources, the driver, Scott Hernandez, parked in the area of Chalmette Avenue and Telephone Road. Hernandez then exited the vehicle and ran into a residential area.

Hernandez was found hiding in some bushes in the 5000 Block of Basie Street. Hernandez was taken into custody and booked at the VC Jail. The vehicle was later returned undamaged to the registered owner.

Residential Burglary Arrest

On Wednesday, April 15th, at 6:36 p.m., the VPD received a call from a witness reporting a possible burglary in progress to a neighbor’s residence in the 100 block of S. Santa Rosa Street. The caller reported seeing a subject, later identified as Nhuom Le, loitering outside the residence before entering through an unlocked rear door.

When officers confirmed Le was still inside, they began giving him announcements requesting that he exit the residence. Initially, Le was uncooperative and refused to come outside. After 10 minutes, and additional announcements by officers, Le exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.

Officers learned during the investigation that prior to entering the victim’s residence, Le was seen prowling around the yard and trying doors and windows of a neighboring residence.

Stabbing Arrest

On Friday, April 17th, at 9:40 p.m., the VPD received a call of a male subject refusing to leave the Total Life Christian Church located in the 600 block of North Ventura Avenue. As patrol officers arrived, the suspect, Camron Johnson, charged at Joseph Brown and stabbed him multiple times. Officers immediately intervened and took Johnson into custody without further incident.

Brown was transported to VCMC with non-life threatening injuries. Johnson was booked at VC Jail.

Armed Robbery

On Sunday, April 19th, at 9:30 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Arco Am/Pm located at 5669 Valentine Road.

Officers learned that a Hispanic male suspect in his mid-twenties had entered the store and confronted the clerk. The suspect demanded money from the register while brandishing a handgun. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and surrendered an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled the area and was last seen traveling west on Valentine Road.

Ventura Police officers searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspect. The clerk was not injured during the commission of this crime.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm

On Monday, April 20th, at 10:45 p.m., The VPD received a call of subjects trespassing on the property of a Motel 6 on 3075 Johnson Drive. Officers responded and contacted 3 male subjects in one of the motel rooms.

During the contact, officers conducted a pat down search for weapons. One of the male juvenile suspects, who was acting suspicious, wouldn’t comply with the officer’s orders. During the search a loaded handgun was found concealed in his waistband.

The male juvenile was found to be on probation with weapon and gang terms. The juvenile is known to associate with Oxnard gangs. The juvenile was arrested and lodged at Juvenile Hall.


On Wednesday, April 22nd, at 9:48 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding a vandalism at the Ralphs on 1776 S. Victoria Avenue. As officers arrived, they found the suspect, Nathan Journigan, leaving the area and he was detained. During the investigation, Journigan violently resisted arrest. While being taken into custody, his pit bull attacked one of the officers. The dog did not release his bite on the officer, and the dog was shot by another officer.

The injured officer was taken to VCMC, treated and later released. The dog was taken from the scene by VC Animal Control. Read Professor Scamp for his comments regarding this incident.


On Thursday, April 23rd, at 4:00 p.m., the VPD received a call from a citizen reporting a subject prowling in the area of Bonita Circuit and Seaview Avenue. The subject, Jovanny Hernandez, was said to be looking over fences and into yards of residences.

Officers located Hernandez riding a bicycle on Seahorse Avenue. He was detained and positively identified as the suspect. When officers tried to arrest him, Hernandez resisted arrest. After a brief struggle with officers, he was taken into custody without further incident.

During a search of his property, officers located items in his backpack commonly used for committing burglaries to vehicles. Hernandez was transported to the VC Jail and booked.

Possession of a Firearm

 On Friday, April 24th, at 5:10 a.m., the VPD received a call of gunshots heard in the parking lot of the Ventura Isle Marina. Responding officers contacted Robert Souza walking in that general area. While searching Souza, officers found a loaded handgun concealed in his front jacket pocket along with a loaded spare magazine. Further investigation revealed that Souza had fired several rounds in the air prior to being contacted by the officers.

Officers searched the area for gun shot victims but did not locate any. Souza was booked at the VC Jail.