UPDATE—Oxnard Police, Sheriff, DA and FBI conduct gang search to stem violent crime

Officers and detectives from the Oxnard Police Department, viagra the Ventura County Sherriff’s Office, unhealthy District Attorney Investigators, and the FBI served simultaneous gang-related search warrants at approximately 4am this morning. The search warrants were served in the cities of Oxnard, Camarillo and El Rio. The search warrants were a result of ongoing investigations related to recent violent gang crimes in the City of Oxnard.

During today’s search warrants, three adults and one juvenile were arrested:  Ignacio Corral of Camarillo, 38-years old, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.  Francisco Magana of Oxnard, 22-years old, was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammunition and a parole violation.  Tabitha Ceja of Oxnard, 23-year sold, was arrested for two misdemeanor warrants and a felony warrant.  A 15-year old juvenile that resides in El Rio was also arrested for felony vandalism (tagging) with a special allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

At one of the search warrant locations, a two-year old sustained minor injuries. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

In an effort to address the recent increase in firearms-related crimes, Oxnard Police 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 within the city. The objective of the initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement.

In addition to those arrested this morning, the Oxnard Police Department is currently looking for other individuals with felony arrest warrants for gang-related crimes (photos attached, below): UPDATE – At 6:00pm, April 16th , Frank Ruiz turned himself in at the Oxnard Police Department, and is now in custody – making it four adults and one juvenile arrested related to today’s operation.

 

Mario Hernandez

Mario Hernandez, a 24-year old Ventura residen

Jacob Stephenson

Jacob Stephenson, a 24-year old Santa Paula resident.

Joseph Ortega

Joseph Ortega, a 30-year old Ventura County resident.

 

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Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these individuals is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Gun and Gang Hotline anonymously at (805) 982-7043. If anyone has further information about this incident, they are encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 200-5682.  If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx to submit a tip via text or email.

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