Pair Arrested For Oxnard Arson/Insurance Fraud

Monday November 5, 2018

     The Oxnard Police Department has arrested two men for arson and insurance fraud following a year-and-a-half investigation.

    Investigators say on the night of March 2, 2017 firefighters responded to the 1900 block of South F Street where they found a 2015 Toyota Prius engulfed in flames.

    They say evidence at the scene led firefighters to believe the fire was intentionally set.

    Police say 31-year-old Manuel Abrego of Newbury Park, the registered owner of the vehicle, had reported the theft of his vehicle to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

    They say he also filed several insurance claims on the loss of his vehicle.

    Abrego collected $17,000 on those insurance claims.

    Police say during their investigation they developed evidence that alleged Abrego was a suspect in the arson and that a second individual, 40-year-old Felix Hernandez of Oxnard, had allegedly been the person who actually set fire to the vehicle.

     Detectives working the case with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office finally obtained arrest warrants for both men and they were arrested on Halloween for arson and insurance fraud.