Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release
On January 5, at 3:30 p.m., officers from the Special Enforcement Unit (gang unit) conducted a traffic stop at the 400 block of West Channel Islands Blvd for a vehicle code violation. The vehicle failed to yield, and pulled into the parking lot of McDonald’s at the intersection of Channel Islands Blvd. and Patterson Road, Port Hueneme. The right front passenger, David Ortiz, fled from the vehicle on foot while in the parking lot. When Ortiz fled, he discarded a loaded 9mm semi-automatic Beretta handgun. Officers contacted Ortiz a short distance away. The driver, Jaime Gonzalez, remained in the vehicle and finally complied with officers. Ortiz is a documented criminal street gang member, is a Post Release Offender and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Gonzalez was arrested for evading in a vehicle, and later arrested for attempting to bring methamphetamine into the Oxnard Police Department jail facility. The firearm that was discarded at the scene was found not to be registered to Ortiz. Ortiz was charged with several firearms related violations.
The Oxnard Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. 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: www.oxnardpd.org, 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: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.