Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release
On March 8th at 3:21 AM, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from an employee of the Vagabond Motel, 756 E. Thompson Blvd., reporting three subjects trying door handles of parked vehicles in the parking lot to the rear of the motel. The employee witnessed the subjects on the motel’s video surveillance cameras and described them as being on bicycles. Officers arrived on scene and located the subjects, later identified as Steven Rousseau and Nathan Mercer, a short distance away at Thompson Blvd. and Ash St.
During the investigation and subsequent search of both subjects, officers found that Rousseau and Mercer were in possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, items consistent with being involved in vandalism, and several rounds of ammunition. Rousseau was also found to be in possession of property that was taken from one of the parked vehicles. No firearm was located.
While searching the parking lot for victim vehicles of the theft, officers also found three vehicles that had been recently vandalized.
In addition to the above listed violations, Rousseau and Mercer were arrested for conspiracy to commit crime.
A review of the Ventura County Superior Court website shows that Rousseau currently has an open case for vandalism, and two prior convictions from 2018 for resisting arrest, possession of a
controlled substance, and battery. Mercer showed to have prior convictions in 2019 and 2018 for resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a dangerous weapon. In 2017, Mercer was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence and felony resisting arrest.
The Ventura Police Department would like to remind citizens to keep your vehicles locked at all times and remove valuables from inside.