Santa Paula Gang Member sentenced to 8 Years

Today, Rene Parra age 22 of Santa Paula, who is a documented gang member, was sentenced to 8 years and 2 months to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This was for two separate fresh cases and for violating his probation on 2 other cases. The fresh charges included brandishing, criminal threats, two counts of vandalism, throwing an object at a vehicle, obstructing a police officer, and battery. The cases where he violated his probation were a battery and a DUI.

The first case occurred on June 13, 2014 in the 100 block of S. 7th Street. Parra became involved in a dispute with a subject driving a car. Parra claimed he was struck by the vehicle, however an independent witness refuted this. Parra damaged the victim’s vehicle by striking it on the hood, the entire driver’s side and eventually breaking the back window. Parra was taken into custody shortly thereafter by officers after a brief struggle.

The second case occurred on August 30, 2015 in the 100 block of S. Steckel Drive. Three women were sitting in their vehicle when they observed Parra being involved in an argument with another woman. After Parra was done with the argument he approached the victim’s, whom he knew, vehicle and began cursing at her. Parra then opened the door and spit in her face. Parra then attempted to slam the door shut however the victim’s foot was already out of the door which struck her on the foot. Parra then kicked the door 3-4 times causing damage to the door. Parra then removed a large straight blade knife from his jeans and threatened the victim to kill her. The three women left the scene and report the incident to the police. Parra was taken into custody approximately 3 weeks later without any incident.

The Santa Paula Police Department would like to thank the public’s assistance in these cases. Without the public being willing to testify against this subject he would not be held accountable for his actions and knowing that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in this community. The Santa Paula Police Department would also like to thank the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for their zero tolerance approach to gang members being held accountable not only in Santa Paula, but also in the County of Ventura.

Rene Parra

Rene Parra

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