Santa Paula Police Department – Incident Press Release
Several law enforcement agencies in Ventura County worked collectively to stop a countywide crime spree committed by six (6) juvenile gang members from Santa Paula and Fillmore.
On October 9, 2019, at 7:30 AM, Santa Paula Police officers responded to an armed carjacking report at 6th and Santa Paula St. The officers contacted the victims and learned their 2000 Chevy Silverado truck was stolen at gunpoint by a male and female juvenile. SPPD notified surrounding agencies of the incident, including details of the stolen vehicle.
At approximately 3 PM, SPPD received information from the Ventura Police Department that the stolen vehicle was spotted fleeing from a shoping center in Ventura after a female juvenile was arrested for shoplifting. The female subject was later identified as one of the two suspects involved in the carjacking incident that occurred earlier in the day in Santa Paula.
At about 3:30 PM, SPPD received additional information that the stolen truck was involved in a traffic accident on Highway 126 at Pyle Road, Fillmore. Four male juveniles and a female juvenile were arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies after the suspects fled the accident on foot. One of the male subjects was later identified as the second suspect involved in the carjacking incident that occurred earlier in Santa Paula. The Santa Paula Police K-9 Unit searched the area where the suspects were arrested and discovered a loaded firearm fitting the description of the gun used during the carjacking incident.
Subsequent investigation revealed the subjects are known gang members and was involved in a countywide crime spree that spanned Santa Paula, Oxnard, and Ventura. The crimes included multiple armed robberies, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a loaded firearm, and attempted theft.
“This effort is a perfect example of local law enforcement agencies working together to share intelligence in order to solve a variety of crimes while remove dangerous gang members from the community,” said Chief Steve Mclean. “Thank you to the Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol for working closely to end this crime spree within eight hours of the first incident.”
The investigation is on-going.
Prior press release: https://www.citizensjournal.us/santa-paula-police-search-for-carjacking-suspects/