Undocumented peeper faces long prison sentence
An undocumented immigrant arrested in Port Hueneme for allegedly peeping and burglarizing homes in early April faces a long prison sentence for having entered the country illegally on multiple occasions.
Guillermo Damaso, 39, was arrested on the morning of April 5 when officers responded to reports of a man running through backyards near the 1500 block of North Sixth Place in Port Hueneme. A local female resident told police that when she heard her window opening, she noticed a man attempting to enter; and after being confronted, the prowler fled.
Police records found that Damaso is currently on probation for weapons and narcotics violations and had an outstanding warrant from Florida for indecent exposure. Now, Damaso is facing possible federal prosecution.
On Monday, April 24, Damaso was released from Ventura County Jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor peeping charge; the burglary charge was dropped by the district attorney due to a lack of evidence. After his release, Immigration and Customs Enforcement took him into custody for having re-entered the country after being deported six times previously.
Re-entering the country after deportation is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and the case has been deferred to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Man sentenced to 13 years for DUI accident
A man who was charged and convicted of committing gross vehicular manslaughter in 2016 has been sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison.
David Antonio Andrade-Ruiz, 24, was said to have been driving at unsafe speeds on Jan. 23, 2016, while under the influence of alcohol and while his driver’s license was suspended. Andrade-Ruiz crashed his vehicle on State Route 33 while traveling with two passengers. A rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle through the windshield and suffered spinal cord injuries that left her paralyzed, while the other became lodged in the windshield and burned to death when the vehicle caught fire.
Andrade-Ruiz fled the scene and was found half a mile away by responding officers, denying involvement in the incident and not mentioning his passengers.
At the time of the incident, Ruiz’s blood alcohol level was 0.13. Ruiz has been ordered to pay restitution to the families of his two victims and has had his driver’s license suspended for an additional three years on top of his prison sentence.
Registered sex offender arrested in Newbury Park
Deputies responding to a call regarding sexual assault in Newbury Park found that the suspect, 32-year-old Adrian Gomez, was also a registered sex offender.
On the evening of Tuesday, April 25, officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a call from a 20-year-old adult woman alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance after taking prescribed medication.
Two days later, on April 27, officers found and questioned Gomez at his relative’s home in Newbury Park, at which time they placed him under arrest for “rape of an unconscious person” and 3056 P.C., a parole hold. During the arrest, officers discovered that Gomez was currently on California state parole for allegedly molesting a child in 2010.
Gomez is currently being held on $120,000 bail and appeared in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday, May 1.
Slew of commercial burglaries strike Oxnard
Eight commercial burglaries, from April 23 through 26, struck the city of Oxnard in late April with thieves targeting cash registers and safes, using force to gain access on all occasions.
Oxnard Police Department’s Property Crime Unit is urging business owners not to leave cash in the register overnight so as to avoid being victims of crime, and instead to leave the drawer open and empty. The Unit also suggests purchasing a surveillance system and testing alarm and surveillance systems for functionality alongside regular smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tests.
Police arrest Oxnard man for investment fraud
Jose “Frank” Francisco Rodriguez, 57, of Oxnard was arrested in late April for allegedly scamming multiple people out of thousands of dollars in a phony investment scheme, during which he described himself as an investment banker, a falsehood.
Rodriguez allegedly told his victims that their money would be tripled in three years’ time, taking only cash investments, operating in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Rodriguez was arrested and charged with grand theft and embezzlement, with bail set at $1.18 million. A warrant issued in Los Angeles was discovered to have been issued for Rodriguez’s arrest under similar circumstances.