Oxnard Gang member on probation caught with short barreled shotgun

troche arial,sans-serif;”>On Friday 8/28/15, at approximately 8:50PM, officers were patrolling the 3100 block of Mendocino, located in the Diamond Bar neighborhood. Officers located two subjects loitering in front of a residence known for recent and violent gang activity. As the officers attempted to make contact with the subjects, the officers noticed one of the subjects was making furtive movements toward his waistband. The subject ran from the officers, but was apprehended a short distance away. Officers located a short barreled shotgun that was discarded by the suspect. The suspect was identified as 19 year old Oxnard resident, Eduardo Montiel. Montiel is a documented member of an Oxnard street gang, currently on probation for robbery, and prohibited from possessing firearms. Montiel was arrested and charged with several firearms violations.

At the beginning of 2014, the Oxnard Police Department launched the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative, as well as the Firearms Strike Team (FAST) led by the Violent Crimes Unit, to proactively remove firearms from prohibited persons in the city. The objective of the initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement.

The Oxnard Police Department encourages residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative. Anyone with information regarding this robbery or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477 and www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.


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