Oxnard | Transient arrested – Suspected of Battering 77 year old man

John Ortiz, 51 year old Oxnard transient

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

On April 3 at about 11:30AM, Oxnard Fire, EMS personnel and Police responded to a victim of an assault at Sixth and Meta Streets in Oxnard.  The victim, a 77-year old male, had been seriously battered by the suspect and was transported to a local hospital.  A witness observed the assault, and stated that the suspect approached the victim and struck him in his face, causing the victim to fall to the ground.  The suspect continued to kick and punch the victim several times about this head.  The witness was able to obtain a photograph of the suspect as he fled the scene, and shared this with Police. 

Officers contacted the victim at the hospital.  His injuries consisted of head trauma, as well as bruises and cuts to his head, lip and hand.  He was able to provide a statement to officers.  Additionally, he stated that the suspect threw rocks at his head, but missed.  He was listed in guarded condition. 

Officers contacted a person matching the suspect’s description at Plaza Park in Oxnard.  John Ortiz, a 51 year old transient, admitted to being in a fight with the victim.  He was ultimately arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, assault with serious bodily injury, and elder abuse, all felonies. 

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.  Any witness can also remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or visiting www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.  


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