Suspect arrested, second sought in robbery, slashing of teenager
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 09, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Santa Paula Police are looking for the second suspect involved in an armed robbery that included stunning and then slashing the face of a teenage boy walking on the Bike Trail Monday evening.
According to SPPD Det. Ken Clark, an arrest was made early Tuesday of one of the suspects, a 17-year-old juvenile, who is suspected of being a gang affiliate.
Clark said the August 5 robbery and attack occurred at about 8:21 p.m., shortly before officers responded to reports of a stabbing victim in the 200 block of South 7th Street.
Upon arrival officers found the 16-year-old victim had several lacerations to his face, “As well as a stun gun wound,” said Clark.
The teenager told police he was walking along the main Bike Trail just west of the 100 block of North 7th Street, “When two suspects approached him from behind,” one riding a black beach cruiser bicycle.
“ ... both suspects asked if he was a gang member, which the victim said he was not.”
Clark said the suspects demanded the victim’s belongs, and “when he refused and attempted to walk away one of the suspects produced a stun gun,” and shocked the victim.
Then the second suspect pulled out a knife and slashed the victim several times on the face.
Clark said the suspects took the victim’s belongings, “Yelled a gang slogan” and then fled the area.
The unidentified victim was treated on scene by Santa Paula Fire EMTs and emergency medical personnel then transported to the Santa Paula Hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening wounds.
Lt. Ishmael Cordero said the investigation rapidly developed leads and detectives early Tuesday, “wrote a search warrant, served it and arrested one of the suspects identified as being involved ... it worked out well.”
The suspect was arrested in the 300 block of Palm Avenue and booked into Ventura County Juvenile Hall.
Clark said that based on the description given by the victim, “I would say our other suspect could also be a juvenile,” although described by the victim as slightly older.
The juvenile arrested Tuesday morning ... the one we arrested is associated with gangs,” if not an actual gang member.
Investigators do not believe the suspects knew the victim, who is undergoing treatment for his wounds.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’ 11”, 19-20 years old, 150-160 pounds, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt with white lettering on front, black pants and riding a beach cruiser bicycle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Clark at the Santa Paula Police Department, 525-4474 ext. 277.
If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#.
Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). The caller may remain anonymous and the call is not recorded.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website, www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and criminal complaint against those responsible for a crime.