Assistance Requested to Identify Hate Crime Suspects


Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

On February 11, 2017, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to several calls for service in response to notes containing handwritten anti-Semitic symbols, including swastikas and derogatory messages left at the homes of residents in Oak Park, which is located in the unincorporated area of Ventura County.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is aggressively investigating this case and has developed a task force, and is collaborating with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to identify the suspects involved.

During the investigation, investigators learned unknown suspects placed the 4×6 notes on seven homes and the Chabad of Oak Park.  The four suspects were captured on video surveillance attaching the notes to the front door of a home and a vehicle.  With the exception of the Chabad of Oak Park, it appears the notes were randomly placed and did not specifically target Jewish residents.

Some of the suspects’ actions were caught on video surveillance.  Based on the surveillance, investigators believe at least four male suspects are involved.  It appears the suspects are in their teens, and investigators suspect they are from the local area.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects in the attached video.  If you have any information on this crime or can identify the suspects, please contact Detective Marta Bugarin at (805) 371-8342 or at [email protected].

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