On February 5, 2022, at approximately 9:16 p.m., officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a silver 2020 Nissan Sentra for traffic infractions near the intersection of Bryce Canyon Avenue and A Street.
The driver failed to stop and a brief 30 second pursuit ensued before the driver collided into a chain-link fence near the intersection of Bryce Canyon and J Street. Officers observed a handgun being tossed from the vehicle.
The firearm was later recovered and determined to be a loaded 9mm handgun. The driver was identified as Amanda Bustamante, age 32. There were two adult male passengers in the vehicle; Juan Rivera (age 21) and Cesar Morales (age 20).
All of the occupants are Oxnard residents. During a search in and around the vehicle, a second loaded 9mm P80 handgun was located. Additionally, a box containing over 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition was located along with an extended magazine, and a quantity of methamphetamine. Suspect Bustamante was arrested for various felony firearm related charges related in addition to felony evading. Suspects Rivera and Morales were also arrested for various felony firearm/ammunition related charges.
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.
DATE: February 5, 2022 (9:16 PM)
SUBJECT: Firearm Arrests
SUSPECTS: Amanda Bustamante, age 32, Oxnard resident
Juan Rivera, age 21, Oxnard resident
Cesar Morales, age 20, Oxnard resident
LOCATION: Bryce Canyon Avenue and J Street
CONTACT: Robin Whitney, Patrol Commander
(805) 385-7771 | [email protected]
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