On Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 1 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department Neighborhood Policing Team received a tip from a citizen that a young man was in the courtyard of an apartment complex with a gun in his waistband. Officers arrived at the apartment complex in the 1300 block of Edgewood Way and found a 16 year old male who matched the description exactly.
Officers made contact with him and he immediately reached for his waistband and tried to run away. One officer was able to control the suspect’s hands and quickly take him into custody without further incident. The 16 year old suspect had a replica semi-automatic handgun in his front waistband and a second replica firearm in his backpack. Because our officer’s arrived on-scene within minutes, they were able to quickly locate, identify and restrain the suspect with minimal force. This was a rapidly evolving situation and it was mitigated peacefully due to the quick actions of the on-scene officers.
This incident is a clear example of how our partnerships with the community directly resulted in real time information sharing on quality of life issues surrounding this complex and gang activity. The reporting party in this incident was able to communicate directly with the responding officers and provide detailed information and descriptions that resulted in both juveniles being arrested. One of the persons arrested was a documented member of a criminal street gang.
The 16 year old who had possessed the replica firearms was arrested for resisting arrest, possession of illegal prescription medication, and for altering a replica firearm. A second male juvenile, 17, who was with the first suspect was also arrested for a violation of probation and later released to a parent.
In an effort to address the increase in firearms-related crimes, the Oxnard Police Department launched the Operation Safer and Stronger Initiative, as well as the Firearms Strike Team (FAST) led by the Violent Crimes Unit, to proactively remove firearms from prohibited persons within the city. The objective of this initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement. Persons with additional information may call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070, or contact the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Case #16-71931.