On Saturday, April 23, 2016, Patrol Officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to Wells Fargo Bank, 460 East Esplanade Drive, reference a robbery possibly involving an explosive device. The suspect of the robbery was described as Hispanic male, 45 years old, bald with a long mustache. He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark colored pants and a backpack. Officers were advised the subject was last seen running toward Vineyard Avenue.
Officer Jodi Schwabauer arrived and observed a subject matching the description given by witnesses, running from the area. She gave chase on foot and subdued the subject near the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Esplanade Drive. The subject, Oscar Barretto, 51, was in possession of Wells Fargo property and arrested.
Officers later learned Barretto also attacked a patron in the bank with a large folding knife during the commission of the robbery. The patron was not harmed, and left the bank prior to officer’s arriving on scene. Investigators from the Oxnard Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene.
Barretto was charged with Robbery and Violent Assault, and later booked at the Ventura County Jail.
If anyone has further information, they are encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7796. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx to submit a tip via text or email.