On Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of Eliza Court to a report of several subjects vandalizing the area with spray paint. When officers arrived, they observed the suspects actively vandalizing city property with paint.
As the officers approached, the suspects fled on foot. Two of the suspects were apprehended after a brief foot chase. One of the suspects arrested, a 17 year-old documented gang member, was found to be in possession of a loaded, small caliber handgun. During the investigation, he was found to be a convicted felon and currently on parole. He was also in violation of the City of Oxnard’s gang injunction. He was transported to the Ventura County Juvenile Hall where he was booked for multiple felonious weapons violations, conspiracy and felony vandalism.
The other suspect, Antonio Magallanes, 23, also a documented gang member, was charged with violating the city’s gang injunction, conspiracy and felonious vandalism. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail.
These arrests were the result of a neighborhood resident simply calling 911 to report the suspicious activity. The Oxnard Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477 and www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.