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Deputies in Ventura arrest wanted felon and girlfriend

Located with stolen handgun, drug paraphernalia

VENTURA, Calif. - Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a wanted felon and admitted gang member early Thursday morning in Ventura.

At around 8:20 a.m., deputies were searching for a wanted subject in the area of the 1600 block of Tapir Circle.

Deputies drove up the street and spotted the male suspect who immediately ran away on foot.

Deputies lost sight of the man near his suspected residence. Authorities searched the area and determined that the suspect was likely hiding inside his residence.

A search warrant was produced and served at the suspect's residence. The suspect surrendered from inside the residence before authorities made entry. He was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect has been identified as David Stratmann, 26, of Ventura. Strattman is a known gang member who is on parole for felony charges. There was an active warrant out for his arrest.

The suspect’s girlfriend, Mersedez Valadez, 22, of Ventura was inside the residence with Stratmann. She was arrested for harboring a fugitive.

Sheriff’s detectives searched the residence and located a stolen .25 caliber handgun in Stratmann’s bedroom along with ammunition, other prohibited weapons and drug paraphernalia.

 


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