Oxnard | Transient allegedly slashed tires/threatened victims

Juan Manuel Andrade, age 31, Transient

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

On 8/3/19, between the hours of 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., multiple callers reported a subject was slashing tires in the 400 block of N. Juanita Avenue. On each occasion, the suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. The suspect was described as driving a green Jeep Grand Cherokee. At around 6:27 p.m., officers were dispatched to a call of a subject in a green Jeep Grand Cherokee threatening the reporting party. While officers were searching the neighborhood for the suspect, they detained 31 year old transient Juan Manuel Andrade in the 100 block on N. Harrison Avenue. During the investigation, multiple victims positively identified Andrade.

One of the victims was a street vendor who reported suspect Andrade had been following the vendor around the Colonia Neighborhood in an intimidating manner and repeatedly threatened the vendor by saying that he was from a specific gang and the vendor would need to pay the suspect “taxes”, if the vendor wanted to continue selling in the neighborhood. Witnesses also reported the suspect approached several other yet to be identified victims and brandished a knife at them as well. It is believed there are other victims that have yet to come forward.  

Andrade was arrested for felony vandalism, felony attempted extortion, child endangerment, and resisting arrest. Andrade physically resisted arrest as officers went to put him into handcuffs.

Andrade has an extensive criminal history from Kern County and Ventura County, including crimes of violence, criminal threats, and vandalism.

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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