Citizens help Oxnard police apprehend car thief

Alonzo Juventino Hernandez

Alonzo Juventino Hernandez

pilule times;”>On February 2, 2015, at 4:45 PM, an Oxnard Police Officer observed a 2015 Toyota Camry matching the description of a vehicle stolen on January 28, 2015 from the 5800 block of Edison Road. The vehicle was driven by Alonzo Juventino Hernandez, a 27 year old Oxnard resident. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle at Ventura and Wagon Wheel Roads, but Hernandez fled the vehicle on foot. The officer chased Hernandez on foot into the river bottom under the 101 freeway. A citizen bystander, who observed the incident, assisted the officer in the foot pursuit.

Hernandez ran for a short distance in the river bottom before he entered a body of water approximately ten feet deep and tried to swim away from the officer. The citizen, a Navy Lieutenant from the CBC Base at Port Hueneme, jumped into the water in an attempt to catch Hernandez. Hernandez was subdued by the citizen when he came back onto land and tried to flee on foot. The citizen detained Hernandez until the officer could place him under arrest.

Hernandez was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting or delaying a peace officer’s duties, and fleeing the scene of an accident, as Hernandez left the stolen vehicle in drive when he fled on foot. The vehicle collided with an unoccupied, parked vehicle causing minor damage.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Senior Officer Buttell of the Oxnard Police Department Auto Theft Task Force at (805) 385-7600.

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