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    Oxnard, CA | Good Samaritan Intervenes During Attempted Carjacking

    DATE: April 8, 2021 (4:37 PM)

    SUBJECT: Good Samaritan intervenes during attempted carjacking

    LOCATION: 3700 block W. Fifth Street

    VICTIM: Withheld

    SUSPECT: Jose Manuel Rocha, age 27, Santa Maria resident

    CONTACT: Robin Whitney, Patrol Commander (805) 385-7771 | [email protected]

    On 10/8/21, at about 4:37 p.m., an elderly female victim was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot in the 3700 block of W. Fifth Street when suspect Jose Manuel Rocha, age 27, approached her as she was attempting to enter her vehicle. Suspect Rocha grabbed the victim, including her keys, and demanded her car. An alert good Samaritan witness observed the crime in progress and intervened, causing suspect Rocha to divert his attention towards the witness and aggress on him.  At the time, the witness directed the victim to get into her car and leave the scene. The victim followed the witness’ direction and drove away. Suspect Rocha tried fleeing the scene on foot, however the witness entered his vehicle and followed suspect Rocha, keeping him in view the entire time, until police arrived. Rocha was positively identified during an infield lineup and was subsequently arrested for the felony charge of attempted carjacking. Officers later determined that Rocha is currently on parole out of Santa Maria.

    Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website:, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity.   You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so.  You can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: to submit a tip via text or email.

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