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).

 

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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.

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

On June 7, 2012, a Nissan pick-up truck traveling northbound in the 2300 block of Moorpark Road struck another vehicle at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Avenida De Los Flores. After the initial collision, the pick-up truck continued up the dirt embankment on the east side of Moorpark Road. It came to rest after shearing off a power pole. The two occupants sustained serious injuries and were transported to Los Robles Hospital for treatment. The driver was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. Although it appears that speed is a contributing factor, the cause of the collision is under investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau.

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Into a Power Pole
Report Number: RB#12-12964
Location: 2300 blk of Moorpark Road
Date & Time: June 7, 2012 7:35 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
D - Adult Male, Thousand Oaks, 45
Adult Female, Agoura Hills, 35
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B. Payton
Media Release Date: June 8, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mike Berg
805.494.8271
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of two individuals in a $1.3 million Ponzi scheme that targeted Latino investors, many of whom were seniors.

Edwin G. Salazar, 34, of Downey, CA and Michael Z. Zuniga, 41, of Fullerton, CA were arrested on 57 counts of elder abuse, grand theft and securities fraud. Salazar's bail was set at $100,000 and Zuniga's at $50,000.

"The defendants defrauded investors with promises of guaranteed returns and even convinced some victims to re-finance their own homes in order to participate in the scheme," said Attorney General Harris. "What victims thought was a resourceful real estate investment only brought them losses and heartbreak."

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VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Joe Fidel Flores (DOB 4/23/80), of Santa Paula, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 30 years for the 2003 murder of Samuel Travis Reeves, age 15. A jury found Flores guilty on March 13, 2012, of first-degree murder and also found true the special circumstance allegation and other special allegations regarding the use of a gun, and that the murder was committed to further the activities of the “Bad Boyz” criminal street gang.

Samuel Reeves had no association with any gang. On October 11, 2003, he and two of his brothers attended a party near Santa Paula. Flores was also at the party with a gun and several of his fellow gang members. A fight broke out and Flores joined the fight, shooting at near-contact range and killing the unarmed 15-year-old.

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

At about 11:35 p.m. on June 3, 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received a call of a disturbance in the 600 block of Paseo Esmeralda. Upon the officers’ arrival, they discovered one man that had been severely beaten and another that had sustained a gunshot wound to his foot. Both victims were transported by ambulance to Los Robles Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. At this point, no suspects have been identified.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in this case. Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Dillan Alvarez (Spanish: 805-371-8338) or Detective Todd Welty (805-494-8224).

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: Shooting Victim
Report Number: 12-12594
Location: 600 block of Paseo Esmeralda, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: June 3, 2012 @ 11:35 p.m.

Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Unit
Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V-1) Hispanic male
(V-2) Hispanic male
Thousand Oaks, CA
Thousand Oaks, CA
26
20
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Todd Welty
Media Release Date: June 4, 2012
Follow-Up Contacts: Detective Dillan Alvarez / 805-371-8338 (Spanish)
Detective Todd Welty / 805-494-8224
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

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

On 6-2-12, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office conducted 58 compliance checks of registered sex offenders as part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant. Section 290 of the California Penal Code requires persons convicted of specified sexual assault crimes to register with the agency where they reside.

45 of the 58 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their registration requirement. 13 of the registrants were not home or were at work and detectives will follow-up to determine if the registrants have moved or are out-of-compliance. During the compliance checks, no one was arrested.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting similar sweeps randomly throughout the county to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residence along with conducting probation and/or parole searches of registered sex offenders who are on probation and/or parole.

Residents of Ventura County can visit the Megan’s Law website (www.meganslaw.ca.gov/) to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their neighborhood.

Nature of Incident: 290 Compliance Checks
Report Number:
Location: City of Ojai, Meiner’s Oaks, Casitas Springs and other unincorporated areas of Ojai
Date & Time: June 2, 2012
Unit Responsible: Ojai Police Department and Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Ian Laughlin
Media Release Date: 6-5-12
Follow-Up Contact: Investigator Jim Botting, Sheriff’s Office (805) 384-4743
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

At 9 pm last night, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested a barricaded subject at his residence after he had brandished a weapon at a female victim earlier in the evening. No one was injured as a result of the arrest. At one point during the event, the subject is believed to have fired a round inside the residence.
At around 5:30 pm, Thousand Oaks Deputies responded to a disturbance call of a subject brandishing a weapon in the 2800 block of Instone Court. When deputies arrived on scene, 46 year old Jason McLaren retreated into his residence. No one else was in the house. From previous calls, McLaren is known to have weapons inside his home.

The surrounding residences were temporarily evacuated. After McLaren was taken into custody, residents were allowed to return to their homes. A variety of Sheriff’s Office resources were utilized to resolve the situation, including the SWAT Team, Tactical Negotiations Unit, Air Unit, Bomb Team, K-9 and Patrol Services.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Barricaded Subject
Report Number: RB#12-12677
Location: 2800 Block of Instone Court, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: June 4, 2012 5:30 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Jason McLaren Thousand Oaks 46
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B. Payton
Media Release Date: June 4, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mark Fullerton, Public information Officer
805.947.8086
Approved by: Captain F. O’Hanlon

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 May 29, 2012, an adult female was walking in the area of Walnut Creek and Arbor Hill Street, in Moorpark. She was approached from behind and pushed to the ground by an unknown male. The suspect sexually battered the victim by touching an intimate part of her body over her clothing. The suspect then fled the area. The victim described the suspect as a White or Hispanic Male, about 6 feet tall, between 25 and 35 years old, with a muscular build and brown hair. The suspect was wearing a blue shirt, blue shorts and white shoes. The suspect was possibly associated with a small off-white SUV with the first digit being 6.

The public is reminded to be aware of their surroundings while walking or jogging. If possible, walk or jog with another person and never walk or jog with earphones.

Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Nature of Incident: Sexual Battery by Restraint
Report Number: 12-12131
Location: Walnut Creek and Arbor Hill Street, Moorpark
Date & Time: 05/29/2012 @ 8:54 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Unknown 25-35
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 6/4/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Det. McCollum (805) 532-2645
Approved by: Capt. 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).

 

At about 5:38 p.m. on June, 2, 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received a 911 call regarding a robbery in progress at a local CVS Pharmacy. The caller advised that the suspect was armed with a weapon as he demanded prescription medication. Fearing for their safety, the employees submitted to the suspect’s demands and provided him the medication.

Nearby patrol officers responded to the scene and captured the suspect, Trey Weber, as he exited the store. Weber was in possession of a knife that was later identified as the weapon used in the crime. He was also still in possession of the stolen medication.

Weber was arrested for one felony count of robbery. He was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $500,000.00 bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

In addition to this crime, there was a similar unsuccessful attempted robbery that occurred earlier today at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in the City of Ventura. The Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Ventura Police Department are working together to investigate whether Weber may also be responsible for that crime.

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 these types of crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Robbery Suspect Arrested
Report Number: 12-12494
Location: CVS Pharmacy, 1822 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: June 2, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Weber, Trey Patrick, Thousand Oaks, CA, 18
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: June 2, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Ferguson / 805-494-8222
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

 
Are You Doing the Right Thing, the Wrong Way?

Sacramento, CA – Clearing dead grass and brush 100 feet from homes is a critical step in preparing for fire season. As the fire danger increases, the unsafe use of power equipment can actually start new fires. Every spring, CAL FIRE and other fire agencies remind homeowners of the importance of cutting down overgrown vegetation, but stress that how they clear their Defensible Space is just as important.

“The spark from the metal blade of a lawn mower against a rock can easily ignite a wildfire,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “While it’s important to clear dead grass and brush, we don’t want homeowners doing the right thing the wrong way.

Two weeks ago, a wildfire known as the Banner Fire was sparked by unsafe equipment use, charring 5,321 acres just east of Julian in San Diego County. CAL FIRE officials say the fire serves as a reminder of how dry conditions are and how extra vigilance is needed to prevent wildfires. Homeowners are urged to take advantage of this week’s cooler weather to ensure they have cleared all dead or dying vegetation before increasing temperatures return.

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

Over the past 6 months, officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit conducted numerous “Trap Door” operations at various restaurant establishments licensed through the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) within the City of Thousand Oaks. During the operations, Thousand Oaks law enforcement officers worked undercover as employees of the establishments. The Thousand Oaks officers were assisted by officers from the ABC and were targeting minors who were attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages by presenting false identification. The owners/employees of the establishments cooperated fully with the police department.

In December of 2011, two operations were conducted at two separate locations in Thousand Oaks, which resulted in 3 arrests for possession of false identification. In May of 2012 two additional operations were conducted at two locations in Thousand Oaks, resulting in 3 arrests for possession of false identification.

The primary goal of the operations was to reduce underage consumption of, and access to, alcohol by arresting minors who possess false or borrowed identification. Possession of false, borrowed or altered identification is a misdemeanor. Loaning identification to an underage person to facilitate access to alcohol is also a misdemeanor.

The operations were funded by a grant the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office recently received from ABC. The $65,000 grant is funding various enforcement efforts intended to reduce the underage consumption of alcoholic beverages in all of the Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Police Conduct “Trap Door” Operations
Report Number: 11-28635, 11-28641,11-28638, 12-11610, 12-11785, 12-11786
Location: Various Restaurant Establishments in Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 12/16/11, 05/23/12, 05/25/12
Unit Responsible: Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Romano Bassi
Media Release Date: 5/29/12
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Romano Bassi (805) 449-2760
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann