Oxnard Man Arrested in Teen’s Tragic Shooting, Avocado Thieves Caught in Fillmore

In recent local crime news, a suspect has been arrested in connection with a tragic shooting in Oxnard, a group has been caught red-handed stealing avocados, and authorities have identified the victim of a fatal car crash in Fillmore. Here’s a detailed look at these incidents and more.

Man Arrested in Oxnard Teen’s Death

Oxnard, CA — A 29-year-old Oxnard man, Jose Alberto Salazar, was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy in April.

Salazar, who was already in Ventura County jail for an unrelated felony vandalism offense, is now facing additional charges, including murder and gun-related offenses, according to the Oxnard Police Department and jail records.

The shooting occurred on the night of April 15, when authorities discovered the 17-year-old victim, Miguel Angel Garcia, with a single gunshot wound to the head. Garcia was found in a vehicle near the intersection of Yucca and F streets, a residential area in south Oxnard.

He was immediately transported to Ventura County Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. This tragic incident marked Oxnard’s fourth homicide of the year.

Investigators later identified a second crime scene a little over a quarter-mile away, in the 4200 block of South G Street, where evidence of the shooting was found. Salazar is now being held on $2.16 million bail and is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court Tuesday morning for his most recent arrest.

Oxnard police continue to investigate the shooting and are urging anyone with information to contact Detective Meagan Tobey at 805-385-7755 or via email at [email protected].

Four Arrested for Alleged Avocado Theft

Oxnard Man Arrested in Teen's Tragic Shooting, Avocado Thieves Caught in Fillmore

Fillmore, CA — In a separate incident, three men and a woman from Norwalk were arrested near Fillmore on Sunday, accused of stealing hundreds of pounds of avocados.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies responded to a theft report from a ranch in an unincorporated area outside Fillmore, where the caller provided detailed information about the fleeing vehicle.

Deputies quickly located the vehicle and conducted a search, discovering the stolen avocados inside. The suspects, ranging in age from 18 to 37, were arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft of vegetables or fruit over $250, conspiracy to commit a crime, and misdemeanor trespassing.

Each of the four individuals is being held on $10,000 bail and is expected to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The stolen avocados have since been returned to the ranch. In light of this incident, the sheriff’s Fillmore Patrol Station is encouraging members of the agricultural community to join its Farm Watch program.

This initiative partners with local farmers to identify and prevent crime trends, providing a collaborative approach to protecting valuable agricultural resources.

Authorities ID Driver Killed in Fillmore Crash

Fillmore, CA — An 86-year-old man who died in a two-vehicle collision in Fillmore on Saturday has been identified.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Robert Reazer, a resident of Fillmore, died from multiple blunt-force injuries. His death was ruled accidental. The accident occurred around 6:20 p.m. near the intersection of Bardsdale Avenue and South Ventura Street.

According to reports from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Ventura County Fire Department, Reazer was driving a 2002 Honda Accord southbound on Ventura Street. As he approached the intersection with Bardsdale Avenue, which has a stop sign, he crossed into the path of an eastbound Jeep.

The driver of the Jeep was unable to avoid a collision and broadsided the Honda on its passenger side, resulting in significant damage to both vehicles. Reazer was transported to Ventura County Medical Center with major injuries and unfortunately passed away around 10 p.m. that same evening.

The driver of the Jeep and four passengers sustained minor injuries but did not require hospitalization. Authorities stated that alcohol and drugs were not suspected factors in the crash.

These incidents highlight the ongoing challenges faced by law enforcement and the community in addressing crime and ensuring safety.

Authorities continue to work diligently to bring justice in cases of violence, theft, and accidents. The community’s cooperation with law enforcement agencies remains crucial in solving and preventing crimes.

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