Arrest of sixth suspect in 2009 Alfredo Vargas Homicide

press_release_iconOxnard Police Department


 INCIDENT: Arrest of sixth suspect in 2009 Homicide
DATE/TIME: 10/12/2014
LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue
SUSPECT(S): Favian Martinez Barrera, viagra 60mg 30 years old, of Oxnard, CA
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Chris Williams, Supervisor, (805) 385-7763[email protected]
CONTACT PERSON AND  CONTACT INFO: Det. Mike Young, Cold Case Unit (805) 385-7606[email protected]


Murder suspect Favian Martinez Barrera (Photo: Oxnard Police Department)

Murder suspect Favian Martinez Barrera (Photo: Oxnard Police Department)


On January 17, 2009 at approximately 8 PM, officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a call of a fight with shots fired in the 2700 block of El Dorado Ave. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located two stabbing victims who had sustained serious injuries.  One of these victims, 28-year-old Oxnard resident Alfredo Vargas underwent emergency surgery and died at approximately 2:30 a.m. the following morning.  A third stabbing victim had left the scene of the incident prior to officer’s arrival and was contacted a short time later at Saint John’s Hospital where he was receiving treatment for his injuries.

In June of 2013, the investigation into this murder resulted in criminal indictments against four Lemonwood Chiques gang members, charging each with murder for their involvement in this attack.  They were also charged with committing this murder for the benefit of a street gang.  These four subjects, Jonathan Gallegos, Alexis Ramirez, Jorge Cervantes and Guillemro Galvan are currently in-custody, awaiting trial.

The investigation into this murder remained active, with detectives assigned to the Cold Case Task Force continuing to pursue the outstanding suspects responsible for this murder.  On February 18, 2014, investigators arrested a fifth suspect, Alejandro Jimenez, for his role in this murder.  Jimenez is also in-custody, awaiting trial.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, a sixth suspect, 30-year-old Francisco Martinez Barrera, was arrested for his role in this incident.  Barrera was in the custody of the Ventura County Sheriffs Department facing unrelated firearms charges at the time of his arrest.  The investigation into Barrera revealed that he fled to Mexico in April of 2013, during the same time investigators were making the initial arrests in this incident. It is believed that this flight was directly related to the arrests being made.

At the end of September of 2014, Barrera was arrested for a warrant associated the unrelated firearms charge as he was attempting to reenter the United States at a border crossing south of San Diego.  Barrera has been charged with a violation of California Penal Code Section 187 and for committing the crime for the benefit of a street gang, in violation of California Penal Code Section 186.22(b)(1).  As with the other five charged suspects, Barrera is a documented member of the Lemonwood Chiques street gang.  He remains in custody with his bail set at $1,500,000.

The success of this investigation is the result of countless hours of investigation and a cooperative effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies including the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.  Investigators believe that additional individuals were involved in this murder and the investigation remains active.  Members of the public are asked to contact Detective Mike Young at (805) 385-7606 or [email protected] if they have any information about this incident.  A previous booking photograph of Barrera has been attached to this press release.


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