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    Oxnard Teen Arrested for Shooting Death of 14-Year-Old

    News Release

    The Oxnard Police Department announced that an arrest was made in the shooting death of 14-year-old Leonardo Gonzalez Jimenez. Major Crimes Detectives have arrested 15-year-old Juventino Mejia, an Oxnard resident, and charged him with the murder of Jimenez.

    On September 12, 2022, at 7:45 P.M., Oxnard police officers responded to a shooting in the 1300 block of South C Street. Officers found Jimenez suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Jimenez was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center but died of his injuries.

    The Oxnard Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, assisted by personnel from the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU), and special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), worked tirelessly and diligently to uncover evidence and information on the case. Detectives were able to obtain evidence that Juventino Mejia shot and killed Jimenez. Detectives believe the motive for the shooting is gang related.

    On Sunday, September 18, 2022, at approximately 7:45 P.M., detectives assigned to the homicide investigation spotted Mejia in the 800 block of Elm Court. Detectives contacted Mejia and took him into custody without incident. Mejia was lodged in Ventura County Juvenile Hall on the charge of murder.

    Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Kaya Boysan (805) 385-7645.  Additionally, the City of Oxnard offers a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individuals responsible for committing homicides within the City.

    Detectives are asking anyone who may have video recorded or photographed all or part of the incident, to upload your media directly to the investigators via the following link: https://oxnardpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/1300southcstreet

    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.

    Also, 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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