Crime

Oxnard woman arrested in connection to prostitution ring

Also arrested on gun charges

SANTA PAULA, Calif. - An Oxnard woman was arrested early Sunday morning in Santa Paula for her connection to a prostitution ring.

At around 3:45 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the 700 block of East Main Street.

Before the stop was made, officers observed an adult woman running across Ebell Park. The woman did not appear to be associated with the vehicle, but officers found the sight unusual. The responding officer called for an additional unit to check the area for the woman.

The original officer proceeded with the traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jamisha Jones, 20, of Oxnard. During the traffic stop, the officer reportedly could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. Because Jones is under the age of 21, the vehicle was searched.

During the search, officers found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the vehicle. Jones was then taken into custody.

Other officers located the woman who was seen running from Ebell Park and determined the two women were associated with each other and were part of a prostitution ring.

While interviewing the woman, she disclosed that she had just been the victim of a sexual assault.

The victim described the suspect as an Hispanic man, between 20 and 30 years old, with a full beard. He was wearing a red shirt, dark colored pants and had tattoo on his right hip.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The female victim was transported to the Santa Paula Police Department where she was provided counseling and medical services.

Jones was transported to the Ventura County Main Jail where she is being held on $50,000 bail. She faces possible charges for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, minor in possession of concealed weapon, minor in possession of live ammunition, pimping and pandering. 

Due to the nature of the incident, the Ventura County Human Trafficking Enforcement Team assisted the Santa Paula Police Department with the incident.

Anyone with information on the incident is aksed to contact Detective Walter Harper at (805) 525-4474 ect. 221 or at wharper@spcity.org.  Information can submitted anonymously.


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