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    Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

    Juan De Dios Gallegos III, 26-year old Oxnard Resident

    Major Crimes investigators with the Oxnard Police Department have arrested a person in the intentional hit and run death of 31-year old Oxnard resident, Michael Holley.

    On May 23, 2019, at about 10:55 P.M., officers responded to a collision scene involving a pedestrian in the west alley of the 2000 block of Mariposa Street in the City of Oxnard. The Oxnard Police Department Major Crimes Unit responded to investigate the suspicious nature of the collision. 

    Major Crimes investigators thoroughly investigated the circumstances which led to Mr. Holley’s death.  During the investigation, Major Crimes investigators interviewed numerous people who provided investigators with valuable information which lead to the identification of the driver of the vehicle, 26-year old Juan Gallegos.

    As the homicide investigation continued, investigators collected information which indicated that Gallegos intentionally drove his vehicle into Mr. Holley, hitting and killing him.

    Investigators have located and impounded the vehicle used in this senseless killing.

    On June 4, 2019, Major Crimes investigators arrested Gallegos at the Ventura County Jail and charged him with the murder of Mr. Holley.  Gallegos was already in custody for a parole violation and will remain in custody on $500,000 bail.

    Investigators are asking the public to come forward if anyone has witnessed this incident. The public is asked to contact Detective Jose Velazquez (805) 385-7760.

    Investigators are encouraging anyone who may have video recorded or photographed all or part of the incident, to upload their media directly to investigators via the following link: https://oxnardpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/2000mariposa052419.  All submissions are immediately logged into the Oxnard Police Department’s digital evidence system.  Contact information is not stored by Axon and community members can remain anonymous, choosing to upload their files without providing contact information. 

    The City of Oxnard offers a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for committing homicides within 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 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.


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