Oxnard Police Department Incident Press Release
On 2/6/20, at about 9:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Saviers Road and Yucca Avenue regarding a man seen in possession of a handgun. The reporting party described the weapon as a .44 caliber handgun. Responding officers observed a subject matching the description riding a bicycle near the intersection of Saviers Road and Bard Road and attempted to detain him. The subject refused to stop. He fled on his bicycle for a short distance before discarding it and fleeing on foot. Two officers gave chase and ordered him to stop multiple times however he refused to do so. As officers caught up to the suspect, he removed a replica handgun from his waistband, and nearly provoked an officer involved shooting. The suspect threw the weapon to the ground and continued to physically resist officers, before they were able to take him into custody. The replica handgun had all the appearances of real Glock 17 handgun. The suspect was identified as Fernando Morales Lopez, age 49. Lopez was arrested for a felony warrant along with misdemeanor charges of possession of an imitation firearm without the required markings, possession of a controlled substance and narcotic paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can also remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.