Oxnard, CA - The Oxnard Police Department and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office jointly announced today that the Superior Court approved their petition to remove 81 named individuals from the city’s two gang injunction lists. The individuals were removed from the gang injunction restrictions because they are no longer believed to be active gang members. This assessment was made by gang detectives from the Oxnard Police Department, and the petition and hearing was facilitated by the District Attorney’s Office.

Oxnard’s gang injunctions were issued in 2005 and 2006 in an effort to address a high number of crimes committed by gang members in Oxnard. Oxnard’s gang injunctions apply to two gangs – the Colonia Chiques and Southside Chiques. Since 1992, the Colonia Chiques gang is believed to be responsible for more than 2,000 crimes in Oxnard. The Southside Chiques are believed to be responsible for more than 1,000 crimes in Oxnard in recent years.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with FOOD Share Ventura County and ABC7, are participating in a very worthwhile food drive campaign to benefit the food insecurity in our local communities. The campaign, launched as the Feed SoCal hunger initiative, runs from July 9 through July 29. FOOD Share barrels will be available at all Sheriff’s patrol station public lobbies for donations.

A special “Stuff the Truck” donation event will be held on Friday July 20 at the Thousand Oaks VONS supermarket located at 2048 Avenida De Los Arboles from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

FOOD Share Ventura County provides food year-round to more than 74,500 children, adults, seniors, and families each month. Citizens can join in support of this great cause by donating non-perishable food items into the FOOD Share barrels at the below listed locations:

Camarillo Police Station – 3701 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo 93010
Fillmore Police Station – 524 Sespe Ave. Fillmore 93015
Headquarters Patrol Station- 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura 93009 - County Government Center
Moorpark Police Station – 610 Spring Rd., Moorpark 93021
Ojai Police Station – 402 S. Ventura St., Ojai 93023
Thousand Oaks Police Station – 2101 E. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks

For more information, visit www.foodshare.com

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Participating in Local Food Drive
Report Number: N/A
Location: Throughout Ventura County
Date & Time: July 9, 2012 through July 29, 2012
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
N/A N/A N/A
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: July 5, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805) 947-8129
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Between January 2007 and December 2009, suspect Amber Workman was the Treasurer for the Ojai Eagle Youth Football Organization, which is a non-profit program. She was responsible for accounting of funds coming into the non-profit and funds being paid out for items and services which benefited the Organization. Workman had access to the non-profits bank checking account as a signer on the account.

In 2010, the Ojai Eagles Youth Football Organization was notified by the State of California that their non-profit status was being suspended for failure to file tax returns from 2007 to 2009. The Ojai Eagle Youth Football Organization reviewed their bank statements from 2007 to 2009 and found that Workman obtained a debit card for the Organization’s bank account and began using the account for personal use.

The Ojai Eagle Youth Football Organization contacted the Sheriff’s Office and requested an investigation into the possible embezzlement by Workman.

After an extensive investigation by Ojai Detectives it was determined that Workman used the Ojai Eagles Youth Football Organization for personal use and embezzled between $35,000 to $49,000 beginning in 2007 and ending in 2009.

Workman was arrested for PC 487(a) – Grand Theft – Embezzlement and booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Nature of Incident: Ojai Eagles Youth Football Embezzlement Suspect Arrested
Report Number: 10-16308
Location: 1189 South Rice Road, Ojai, CA
Date & Time: 06/27/2012 @ 1:30 PM
Unit Responsible: Ojai Valley Station Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Amber Workman, Ojai, 42
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Michael Harris
Media Release Date: 6/27/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Michael Harris (805) 646-1414
Approved by: Captain Dave Kenney

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 06/26/12, at approximately 11:00 am, deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 1400 block of Calle Tulipan.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a female occupant of the residence was home alone when she heard a knock on the front door. The female looked out her bedroom window and did not recognize the suspects knocking on the door so she did not answer the door. A few moments later, the female heard the front door open and two suspects enter the residence. The female locked herself inside her bedroom and called 911. The suspects began ransacking the house and collecting items to steal.

Deputies quickly arrived on scene, at which time the suspects fled out the back door and into a drainage ditch behind the residence. A perimeter was established, however the suspects were not located.

The Ventura County and Los Angeles County areas have seen a recent increase in residential burglaries. Suspects will sometimes knock on doors to see if anyone is home before breaking in. They will even pose as solicitors in an effort to appear to have legitimate business. The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to encourage citizens to always lock their doors and windows when not at home. Always report any suspicious activity you may see in your neighborhood by contacting the police at (805) 654-9511. In an emergency, always call 911. Your information may produce a lead that could potentially solve a crime

Nature of Incident: Daytime Residential Burglary
Report Number: RB# 12-14422
Location: 1400 Block Calle Tulipan, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Date & Time: June 26, 2012 @ 11:00am
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigation Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Hispanic Male
(S) Hispanic Male Unknown
Unknown 18-25
18-25
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Mike McConville
Media Release Date: June 26, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Guy Fadler (805) 494-8226
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA – For many, the 4th of July signals the start of summer and time for fun family outings and vacations, especially camping. However, with hot and dry conditions, summer is also the time for wildfires. CAL FIRE would like to remind all campers and outdoor enthusiasts to keep these summer time safety tips in mind while enjoying the great outdoors.

Fire safety plays an important role outdoors, especially when it comes to campfires and outdoor cooking. If left unattended and not properly extinguished, campfires can produce a wildfire. Campfires can also be extremely dangerous for children. Children should never be allowed to play around campfires or outdoor cooking appliances. Devastating burn injuries are all too common when these safety rules are not followed. In addition, it is important to use flammable liquids (lighter fluid, kerosene, propane) and related appliances safely. Just a little forethought could protect you and your family.

CAL FIRE offers the following safety tips for outdoor recreation, cooking and camping:

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On June 28, 2012 at approximately 1:30 PM, deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a threats call in the 4900 block of Via Mesita. They initiated an investigation that led them to contacting Arun Padhi outside of his residence. Padhi immediately became aggressive and uncooperative with the deputies. Padhi went back to his house and eventually sat down on a chair outside and next to his garage.

When the deputies attempted to re-contact Padhi, he picked up a double-barreled sawed off shotgun and pointed it at them. The deputies drew their handguns while moving to a safer location while commanding Padhi to drop his weapon. Padhi complied with deputies’ directions to drop the shotgun.

Padhi was taken into custody and booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Detectives from the East County Investigation Bureau responded to the scene and took over the investigation. A search warrant was obtained for Padhi’s residence, which led to the seizure of several more firearms and evidence related to the crime.

Padhi’s bail has been set at $250,000.00 dollars pending his arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court.

Nature of Incident: Assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Report Number: 12-14623
Location: 4900 block of Via Mesita, Thousand Oaks, CA. 91320
Date & Time: 06/28/2012 @ 1:30 PM
Unit Responsible: East County Investigation Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Padhi, Arun Kumar Thousand Oaks 59
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: June 29, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Roger Kelley
805.494-8216
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On Sunday, July 1st, 2012, at approximately 9:02 p.m. Santa Paula Police Officers responded to a call of a fight in progress in the area of the 700 blk. of W. Harvard Blvd. Upon arrival at the location, officers located a victim who had been physically assaulted and stabbed multiple times.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of injuries, and is expected to survive. The identity of the victim will not be released at this time due to an active and ongoing investigation.

Santa Paula Police Detectives were called to the scene to further investigate the incident. Patrol officers arrested one suspect involved in the incident however, the suspect is a juvenile, therefore the identity of the suspect will not be released. The juvenile was lodged at the Ventura County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder and numerous other charges.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Santa Paula Police Detective Paul Spencer at (805) 525-4474 Ext. 221.
R. M. Smith # 1021

Police Sergeant

 
Interdiction Operation
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA – Early this morning (July 02, 2012) CAL FIRE concluded a multi-agency operation designed to prevent illegal fireworks from entering California. The two part operation resulted in the confiscation of over thirteen thousand pounds of illegal fireworks. “There is no excuse for breaking the law when it comes to fireworks. Illegal fireworks and pyrotechnics can cause devastating injuries and damage to property,” said Tonya Hoover, California State Fire Marshal. Two families in San Bernardino found that out early Sunday morning, July 01, 2012 when their duplex was destroyed by a fire reportedly caused by illegal fireworks.

The interdiction operations were conducted at the California Agricultural checkpoints in Yermo (north of Barstow), Needles, in the community of Shoshone and the Death Valley area. The coordinated multi-agency operation resulted in five felony arrests including one for driving under the influence, 46 misdemeanor arrests and numerous citations for vehicle code violations. During the operation, officers made a total of 170 contacts. The operation also led to the execution of a search warrant in the City of Los Angeles where a large amount of illegal fireworks were believed to be stored.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Moorpark Police Department Investigations Unit concluded a two-month investigation into a vandalism crime spree in the City of Moorpark. Over the past two months, a suspect, using a moniker, spray painted several businesses throughout the city causing thousands of dollars of damage. Detectives developed information, which led them to Jose Betancourt as a suspect in the vandalisms.

On 6/19/2012, Detectives from the Moorpark Police Department served a search warrant at Betancourt’s residence in the 100 block of First Street, in Moorpark. Detectives discovered numerous items of evidentiary value linking Betancourt to the vandalisms.

Betancourt was arrested for one felony count of vandalism, five misdemeanor counts of vandalism and one misdemeanor count of possession of graffiti tools. He is currently in custody at the Ventura County Jail with a bail of $10,000.

Additional arrests and search warrants are expected in this investigation.

Nature of Incident: Felony Graffiti Vandalism
Report Number: 12-9019, 12-12401, 12-13148, 12-13482, 12-13483
Location: City of Moorpark
Date & Time: 4/23/2012 – 6/19/2012
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Jose Betancourt, Moorpark, 18
(V) Southern California Edison
(V) Boys and Girls Club
(V) Starbucks
(V) Chevron
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 6/19/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Chris Starks (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the passage out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee of a bill to ensure that those convicted of human trafficking crimes involving minors will not be able to keep the financial benefits reaped from those crimes.

“Human trafficking crimes involving minors are reprehensible and convicted perpetrators should not be able to keep the financial rewards from trafficking,” said Attorney General Harris. “This bill will aid groups who are dedicated to helping victims.”

Senate Bill 1133, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), will force perpetrators of human trafficking crimes to forfeit any profits made from committing those crimes. The bill expands on the current list of assets that are currently subject to forfeiture. These resources will be used to aid the victims of human trafficking by providing resources for treatment and services. SB 1133 passed unanimously and will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“Sex trafficking of minors is a horrendous crime that is driven by the prospect of lucrative profits,” said Senator Leno. “This legislation aims to deprive convicted criminals of the financial resources and assets that would allow them to continue luring young people into the sex trade. In turn, proceeds from those forfeitures would rightfully be used to help victims begin to repair their lives.”

“We have girls who come in literally wearing just the clothes on their back and the shoes on their feet,” said Alexandra Snyder, Policy Director of Courage House, who spoke in support of the legislation.

Attorney General Harris is also sponsoring Assembly Bill 2466 (Preservation of Assets for Victims of Human Trafficking), by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley), which will require that more victims of human trafficking receive restitution. AB 2466 will be heard in the Senate Public Safety on June 26.

Attorney General Harris has made the fight against human trafficking a priority throughout her career. This week she announced an innovative program with Yahoo! and Polaris Project to combat human trafficking, which, in the past five years, has largely migrated to the Internet. Through this joint effort, if key search words like “human trafficking” are entered into Yahoo! Search, Internet users will see a banner that states: “Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 to report sex trafficking, forced labor, or to get help.”

For more information, go to the Attorney General’s human trafficking web site at www.oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the Assembly Public Safety Committee passed an important piece of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights that aims to protect California homeowners from fraud and scams.

Senate Bill 1474 (Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) would allow Attorney General Harris to convene a special grand jury to investigate and indict the perpetrators of financial crimes involving victims in more than one county, as well as crimes conducted by a single defendant or multiple defendants who worked together. The bill passed unanimously with bipartisan support.

Under current law, fraud in which the victims are located across the state require separate grand juries and charges must be filed in every county where the defendant committed a crime. This legislation would provide for the option of a special grand jury that can produce indictments for financial crimes beyond the scope of single-county grand juries.

“Scammers continue to prey on vulnerable Californians who simply want to stay in their homes,” Attorney General Harris said. “This legislation will create a more cohesive legal process to prosecute those who prey on Californians across county lines.”

“The Attorney General is currently engaged in the investigation of significant crimes,” Senator Hancock said. “Unfortunately, county-by-county grand juries do not work well in dealing with large-scale wrongdoing in multiple jurisdictions. With this bill, the Attorney General can investigate multijurisdictional crimes – it will provide protection when Californians need it the most.”

The Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, established by Attorney General Harris, investigates and prosecutes crimes related to mortgages, foreclosures and real estate. In recent weeks, the Strike Force has secured the conviction of perpetrators of scams in the Fresno and Sacramento areas.

SB 1474 will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

For more information on the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, go to www.oag.ca.gov.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the outcomes of two cases investigated by her office’s eCrime Unit in which defendants “skimmed” credit card information of Chase Bank customers across the state.

Both cases involved a type of crime frequently referred to as a “skimmer operation.” In both cases, the defendants, organized as “crews,” replaced the card readers at Chase Bank ATM vestibules with ones that allowed them to retrieve customers’ card information. Additionally, both crews installed micro cameras to capture the card holders’ PIN entry. With this information, they created bogus ATM access cards.

“Technology benefits consumers, but also opens them up to risks that law enforcement must respond to,” said Attorney General Harris. “ATM skimming cases like these are fast-growing, can lead to identity theft and significant financial losses. I applaud the state and local collaboration that shut down these two criminal schemes.”

Gnel Snapyan, 35, was sentenced today in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court to 364 days in state prison and five years probation. His co-conspirator, Gervork Aroutiounyan, 48, was sentenced in March 2012 to three years and eight months in state prison. The men were ordered to pay restitution to Chase Bank.

In a separate scam, Santiago Alcantar, 37, Genea Antoine, 39, and Anthony Garcia, 30, entered a plea of guilty today in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court to one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, computer access fraud, identity theft, second degree burglary and forgery of access cards. They were charged in March with 14 counts of felony fraud.

Between July 2010 and February 2011, Snapyan fraudulently withdrew approximately $220,000 from the bank accounts of more than 300 victims in Santa Clara, Marin, Fresno, San Luis Obispo counties.

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Police Department and the Attorney General’s eCrime Unit. In September 2011, the Attorney General’s office charged Snapyan and Aroutiounyan with 28 counts of felony fraud. On March 1, the defendants entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, computer access fraud, identity theft, second degree burglary and forgery of access cards. Additionally, each pled guilty to three counts of second degree burglary.

Between October 2010 and February 2011, Alcantar, Antoine, and Garcia ran their skimmer operation in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The crew stole approximately $217,000 from more than 200 victims.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, at which time Alcantar will be sentenced to four years in state prison; Antoine to two years in state prison and Garcia to a sentence that will not exceed one year and 4 months.

In both cases, Chase Bank has reimbursed customers for their losses.

The California Department of Justice eCrime Unit was created last year to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cyber crimes and other crimes involving the use of technology.

Photos are attached to the online version of this release at https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-... .

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 6-13-12, a residence in the 6600 block of Clear Springs Road, in the unincorporated area of eastern Simi Valley, was burglarized. Specific items were stolen, including two high-end bicycles. On 6-14-12, the victim saw a male suspect riding his stolen bicycle on the street near his residence. The victim confronted the suspect who dropped the bicycle and ran. An investigation ensued which led to a probable suspect who lived in close proximity to the victim. On 6-15-12, Detectives from the Moorpark Police Department and Thousand Oaks Police Department conducted a probation search at the residence of the suspect, Louis Nunez. Nunez was found to be in possession of additional stolen property belonging to the victim.

Nunez was arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of tear gas, child endangerment and being under the influence of methamphetamine. He is currently in custody with a bail of $200,000.

Jonathan Hill-Kennedy was also present at the location of the search. An unrelated investigation led to his arrest for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and possession of graffiti tools. He is currently in custody with a bail of $10,000.

Nature of Incident: Residential Burglary / Sex with a Minor
Report Number: 12-13458 and 12-13592
Location: 6600 block of Clear Springs Road, Simi Valley (unincorporated area)
Date & Time: 6/13/2012 through 6/15/2012
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Louis Nunez, Simi Valley, 48
(S) Jonathan Hill-Kennedy, Simi Valley, 22
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 6/15/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Matt Volpe (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

At approximately 10:00 AM Sunday morning, Sheriff’s patrol units responded to numerous 911 calls of a fight in progress in the 17000 block of East Telegraph Road. When the units arrived they found an unidentified male deceased in the street. Witnesses reported seeing the fight and seeing the suspect running away on foot north on Ferris Lane.

The investigation determined the suspect may have barricaded himself in a trailer in the 100 block of Ferris Lane.

The Sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene, as well as negotiators and additional patrol resources to secure the area and locate the suspect. At about 3:00 PM, after hours of unsuccessful attempts to contact the suspect by the Tactical Negotiations Unit, SWAT made entry into a residence on Ferris Lane locating a subject who was deceased. This subject is also unidentified.

At this time, the investigation is continuing. The identities of the victim and the second subject are not yet being released until the next of kin can been notified.

At this time there is no indication that there are any other subjects involved.

Nature of Incident: Homicide investigation
Report Number: 12-13709
Location: Telegraph and Ferris (unincorporated Ventura County)
Date & Time: June 17, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V)unidentified male, Santa Paula, Unk
(S)unidentified male, Unknown, Unk

Deputy Preparing Media Release: Senior Deputy Robert Berger
Media Release Date: June 17, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Steve Rhodes 805-384-4724
Approved by: Captain Cory Rubright

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On June 13, 2012, two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle while walking in the crosswalk southbound on Erbes Road crossing Olsen Road. The driver of the vehicle initially stopped, then left the scene prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. Both victims were transported to Los Robles Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver involved is described as a Caucasian female, 35-45 yrs., with shoulder length brown hair. She was driving a newer, dark green Ford Expedition.

The Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver and her vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Hit and Run Pedestrian Collision
Report Number: RB# 12-13445
Location: Olsen Road at Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: June 13, 2012 6:30 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Adult Female, Thousand Oaks, 43
(V) Juvenile Female, Thousand Oaks, 15
(S) Unknown Adult Female, Unknown, 35-45Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B.Payton
Media Release Date: June 14, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. B. Payton
805-494-8246 / 805-797-6438
Approved by: Captain J. Fryhoff

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 5-29-2012, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery in the 100 block of Orange Street, El Rio. An initial investigation found that at about 9:00 p.m., a male and female victim were standing in a driveway talking when a car drove up to them. The car was occupied by two male adults. Both male suspects, who were armed with handguns, got out of the car and confronted the victims. One of the suspects demanded money from the male victim and threatened to kill him. During the robbery, the female victim tried to run but was physically restrained by the second suspect. After obtaining money from one of the victims, the suspects fled the scene.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit took over the investigation and identified Valentino Zapien as one of the suspects. Zapien is a member of a criminal street gang and on parole for possession of a deadly weapon. Investigators also discovered he had an active warrant out for his arrest for violation of his parole terms.

On 6-11-2012, Gang investigators obtained a search warrant for Zapien’s girlfriend’s house in the 2200 Block of Tiller avenue, Port Hueneme, based on information that Zapien frequently stayed at the location.

On 6-13-2012, investigators from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit and Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail served the warrant at the Tiller Address. During the service of the search warrant, Zapien barricaded himself and his girlfriend in a bathroom within the residence. Zapien was armed with a handgun and refused to let his girlfriend go. Gang investigators negotiated with Zapien for several minutes before he surrendered peacefully.

Zapien was arrested on charges that included, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Kidnapping for the purpose of Robbery, and Street Terrorism. He was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail where he remains held without bail. Gang investigators expect to make more arrests in the case.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Kidnap/Robbery suspect.
Report Number: 12-12132
Location: 2200 Tiller, Port Hueneme
Date & Time: 6-13-2012 @ 7:30 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Zapien, Valentino, Oxnard, 28
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Bill Schierman, Sergeant
Media Release Date: 6-13-2012
Follow-Up Contact:
Approval: Bill Schierman, Sergeant 805-654-3551
Bruce Macedo, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 6/7/2012 the Moorpark Police Department, in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Simi Valley Police Department, concluded a two-month investigation into Patrick Yarns of Granada Hills. Detectives became aware in April 2012, Patrick Yarns was entering Ventura County businesses in the cities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley and passing fictitious checks. The investigation revealed that Yarns, over the past several years, had passed numerous manufactured checks utilizing false account numbers, throughout Southern California. Yarns would buy items for a small dollar amount and then return the items for cash the following day. He did this at the same store, but in a different city. The victims included Kohl’s, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Orchard Supply Hardware and Marshall’s among others. The total loss is believed to be over one hundred thousand dollars. Yarns was arrested and is currently in custody in Ventura County Jail for 17 counts of burglary with a bail of $250,000.

Nature of Incident: Commercial Burglary Arrest
Report Number: 12-5426
Location: Moorpark, CA
Date & Time: 06/07/2012 @ 5:00 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Patrick Yarns Granada Hills 46
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 06/11/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Darin Yanover 805 532 2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Alex Compian, Jr., (DOB 5/3/88), of Oxnard, was convicted by a jury on June 7, 2012, of first degree murder. The jury also found true a special allegation that Compian personally used a firearm during the commission of the murder.

The crime took place on December 24, 2009, in the city of Oxnard. The victim and Compian lived on the same street at the time of the murder. Following a verbal argument, Compain chased after the victim as the victim sought refuge behind a wooden gate to his own property. Compian approached the victim and fired three times, piercing through the wooden gate and striking the victim three times in the back. The victim was pronounced deceased at the crime scene.

Sentencing on this matter is set for July 31, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 45. Compian faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Camarillo patrol deputies were dispatched to a reported theft in progress in the area of Golden Pond Drive and Picket Avenue, Camarillo. Witnesses watched as three male suspects entered unlocked vehicles, removed property and placed the property inside a vehicle the suspects had stolen from a nearby residence. Deputies arrived on scene just as the suspects were fleeing the area in the stolen vehicle. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but were led on a short pursuit through local residential streets. In an attempt to elude pursuing deputies, the driver of the stolen vehicle left the roadway and drove through a local park and eventually through a metal gate that guarded the entrance to a vehicle storage yard. While in the storage yard, the driver of the stolen vehicle collided with a tree, which disabled the vehicle. Two of the male suspects fled over a brick wall into a wash area while the third suspect was unable to extricate himself from the damaged vehicle. The suspect in the vehicle was taken into custody immediately and a short time later a second suspect was located in the wash. The second suspect sustained moderate injuries from the collision and was admitted to a local hospital. Stolen property from several victims was found inside the stolen vehicle. Also recovered was a handgun which had been possessed by one of the suspects and discarded in the wash. None of the deputies involved in the pursuit were injured. The investigation continues. If you witnessed something or are the victim of a crime related to this incident, please call Detective Norris.

Nature of Incident: Pursuit of stolen vehicle and recovery of stolen property
12-12895
Report Number: [RB#]1
Location: Village at the Park Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: 06/07/2012 @ 0230 AM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Daniel Eugene Senters, Ventura, 39
Ivo Medic Patar, Oxnard, 23
Unknown Caucasian Male
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Senior Deputy Scott Norris, Detective
Media Release Date: June 7, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Scott Norris, Detective Office # 805-388-5120
Approved by: Bruce Macedo, Captain
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
"Lives on Fire" to Premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA - Firefighters are part of the communities they serve, but rarely does the public get to see what they do on a day-to-day basis, or what happens after an emergency call. That will change Friday evening. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, will premiere the show “Lives on Fire”, showcasing four CAL FIRE firefighters and their crews as they respond to some of California’s most dangerous emergencies. The show also gives viewers a behind the scenes look at their personal lives at the end of their shifts. The four firefighters featured are from San Luis Obispo, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

The first airing of the series is tonight, Friday, June 8, at 9/8c on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

“I am very proud our firefighters, and all the hard work they do to serve the citizens of California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “This show gives the public the chance to see what a firefighter really goes through every day, and the impact it can have on their lives outside of work.”

Tune in this evening to get a glimpse of CAL FIRE as they serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

For more information on the “Lives on Fire” Show visit http://www.oprah.com/own-lives-on-fire/lives-on-fire.html or contact OWN at Domenic_Morea@own.tv or to find out more about CAL FIRE’s participation contact: Julie.Hutchinson@fire.ca.gov or at 951-377-8380.