Santa Paula: Suspect in Custody for Attempted Murder

Santa Paula Police Department – Incident Press Release

Joshua Stephenson

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at approximately 1:00pm, Santa Paula police officers responded to a call of an injured female in the area of Las Piedras Park.  The adult victim, age 18 of Santa Paula, was located and found to have massive swelling on both sides of her face.  Through the investigation, it was determined the victim was with the suspect Joshua Stephenson age 20 of Santa Paula, in a vehicle parked in the area of Mill Park in the City of Santa Paula. Stephenson became angry with the victim and struck her numerous times in the head, face and back.  The suspect also choked the victim causing her to believe he was going to kill her.  The victim was able to eventually flee and contact the police.  The victim was transported to Santa Paula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect, who was known by police, was located in the area of Mill Park and eventually placed under arrest for the following charges: 664/187 PC – Attempted Murder; 273.5 PC –  Inflicting Corporal Injury to a Cohabitant and 245(A)(1) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  After being processed at the Santa Paula Police Department he was transported to Ventura County Main Jail where he is being held on $505,000.  

If anyone has information regarding this incident please contact Detective Randy Haumann at 805-525-4474 Ext. 211 or at [email protected].  You can remain anonymous.   

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