**UPDATE** NEWS RELEASE
DATE: February 15, 2022, at 3:15 P.M.
SUBJECT: Update- Robbery Suspect Dies After Altercation with Convenience Store Clerk
LOCATION: 490 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard
SUSPECT: Rudy Navarette Dabbs
CONTACT: Michael Velasquez, Detective
(805) 385-8287 | [email protected]
Update (refer to the original news release below)
On February 15, 2022, investigators from the Oxnard Police Department Violent Crimes Unit were able to locate the deceased suspect’s next of kin in the City of Ventura and make notification of the suspect’s death. The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Oxnard resident Rudy Navarette Dabbs. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
On February 3, 2022, at 1:53 A.M., the Oxnard Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call of an armed robbery that occurred at the Circle K, located at 409 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard.
Oxnard police officers arrived at the store and spoke to the clerk. Officers learned that a suspect armed with a handgun entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money. Afterwards, the suspect ordered the clerk out of the store and away from the business. The clerk walked outside the store as ordered. In an apparent effort to defend himself, the clerk fought with the suspect. During the fight, the victim produced a knife and stabbed the suspect multiple times. In doing so, the victim disarmed the suspect of the handgun. The suspect was able to flee the scene. The clerk returned to the store and called 911.
While police officers were at the scene of the robbery, a 911 call came into the Emergency Communications Center at 2:01 A.M. of a stabbing victim in the 3500 block of Pier Walk. When officers arrived, they located a 30-year old male with stab wounds. The male with stab wounds matched the description of the Circle K robbery suspect. The male was transported by ambulance to the Ventura County Medical Center in critical condition. The male died of his wounds at 11:55 A.M.
Detectives with the Oxnard Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) arrived at the scene to assume the investigation of the robbery and the stabbing. VCU detectives believe that both incidents are related, and there are no additional suspects. The handgun used by the robbery suspect was found to be a replica handgun. The clerk was cooperative and forthcoming with officers and detectives.
VCU detectives are still reviewing evidence from the scene and are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Michael Velasquez at (805) 385-8287.