Oxnard Pedestrian's Death Ruled A Homicide

Tuesday October 9, 2018

     Oxnard police say they are now certain that the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle in downtown Oxnard last month was a homicide.

    They say 23-year-old Jorge Gonzalez Tejada was found down in the street at the intersection of Fifth and Meta in the early morning hours of September 23rd.

     He died later at VCMC from injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle.

     At the time police believed that Tejada had been involved in an altercation in the west alley of the 600 block of South Oxnard Boulevard next to the El Miramar Bar and nightclub prior to being struck by the vehicle.

     Police say a number of people likely witnessed that altercation.

     Detectives say they've since determined that a short time later Tejada was intentionally struck by the driver of a white Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of Meta and Fifth and that the vehicle fled the scene.

     Police say the vehicle has been recovered, but they've still not identified a suspect in Tejada's killing.

     His death is now classified as the 13th homicide of this year in Oxnard.

     A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing Tejada.

     You can call Detective Miguel Serrato at (805) 385-7688 with information.

     You can also call the Oxnard Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 and remain anonymous or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.