Ventura: Suspect pepper sprays victim then returns for stolen vehicle and is arrested

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On August 24th at 10:40 am, the victim parked his vehicle in a parking lot in the 11100 block of Citrus Drive. He got out of his vehicle, and when he returned, he found the suspect inside of the car stealing two cell phones.  The suspect fled from the victim, however the victim chased after him.  During the chase, the suspect peppered sprayed the victim.  A concerned citizen saw this occur and attempted to intervene, however the suspect also pepper sprayed him as well.  At that point, the suspect dropped the stolen cell phones and the victims lost sight of him as he ran away.

Officers arrived and began an investigation into the incident.  Initially, the suspect was not located. The second victim was transported to VCMC due to medical complications resulting from the pepper spray.  During the investigation, officers discovered the suspect had left a stolen vehicle in the parking lot near the original victim’s car. While the officers were processing the stolen vehicle, the suspect reappeared in a nearby business parking lot.  When the officers saw him, he ran from them.  After a brief foot pursuit, the officers were able to arrest him. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect, Raymond Gonzalez, 29 years of Santa Paula, was booked into Ventura County Jail for robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, unlawful use of pepper spray and prohibited person in possession of pepper spray.


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