Ventura County

Oxnard police arrest three in gang-motivated stabbing, one suspect at large

OXNARD, Calif. - Police are looking for an attempted murder suspect in Oxnard on Friday. 

On September 3 around 6:45 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of Tresierra's Market located at 133 West Pleasant Valley Road. 

By the time officers arrived, the scene had cleared and no one involved was located. 

Later on, a 27-year-old male victim showed up to a local hospital with multiple stab wounds. 

The victim's injuries were found to be life threatening, and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. 

Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit then assumed control of the investigation. 

They found that a group of male suspects confronted the victim and assaulted him. 

The suspects chased the victim when he attempted to flee, surrounded him and assaulted him. During the assault, the victim was stabbed. 

The suspects fled the scene. 

In the investigation, officials determined that the suspects were associated with an Oxnard-based criminal street gang and the stabbing was gang-motivated. 

On Sept. 20, Oxnard Police Department with assistance of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office served a multi-location search warrant in Oxnard targeting those responsible for the assault. 

Investigators arrested a 16-year-old Oxnard resident and Joseph Tamayo, 23, of Oxnard, at their homes. 

The juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall and Tamayo was booked into the Ventura County Jail. 

On September 26, investigators from Violent Crimes Unit located Jose Varela, 26, of Oxnard walking on the 6600 block of Telephone Road in Ventura. 

Investigators took Varela into custody for his role in the assault and he was booked into the Ventura County Jail. 

All three suspects were charged with attempted murder and street terrorism with gang enhancement. 

Officials are still looking for another suspect: Victor Aguiar, 25, of Oxnard. 

Aguiar remains at large and has not been located. 

Anyone with information about the assault or Aguiar's whereabouts is encouraged to contact Oxnard Police Detective Carey Everhart at 805-486-6288. 


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