Police crack down on illegal firearms in Oxnard

medicine times; font-size: 16px;”>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 in the City. The objective of the initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement.

During the month of May, the Oxnard Police Department seized twenty one firearms through directed patrols, probation and parole sweeps, and the services of search warrants. Fourteen of those firearms were seized from persons being arrested.

On May 2, 2014, wanted gang member Jovan Mathews, a 22 year old Oxnard resident, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. During his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two loaded firearms.

On May 2, 2014, Mykal Rodriguez, 22 year old Oxnard resident, was stopped for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, officers located a sawed off shotgun concealed in the vehicle. Rodriguez was arrested for carrying a loaded and concealed firearm in a vehicle.

On May 7, 2014, Jorge Ortiz, 27 year old Oxnard resident, was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. During his arrest, Ortiz was found in possession of a firearm. He was also arrested for brandishing a firearm and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

On May 18, 2014, John Carrillo, a 24 year old Oxnard resident, was contacted reference a domestic dispute. Carrillo fled from officers but was later detained. Officers conducted a search of the area where Carrillo was located and found a handgun. Carrillo was arrested for the weapons violation and for a misdemeanor warrant.

Anyone with information about persons illegally in possession of firearms may call the Violent Crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070, or contact the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Persons can also visit the website http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.

Source: Oxnard Police Department


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