K-9 Ends Standoff With Oxnard Kidnapping Suspect

Sunday May 24, 2020

(Photo courtesy OXPD)

     Oxnard police say their K-9 "Capone" helped end a more than five hour standoff with a suspect involved in a series of crimes Saturday.

    Shortly before noon, officers responded to the 2100 block of Mariposa Street to a report of an attemped kidnapping.

    They were told by the victim and several witnesses that the suspect had tried to force his way into one victim's residence.

    The suspect is then alleged to have held a sharp object to another victim's neck during the attempted kidnapping.

    The neighbors were able to intervene and stop the crime but the suspect then fled into an apartment that did not belong to him as officers arrived at the scene.

    That started the standoff that involved the SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Team.

    Surrounding apartments were evacuated, streets were blocked off, the armored vehicle, robot, less lethal weapons, and other devices were brought in as they tried to talk the man into surrendering, but with no response from the suspect.

    Finally, around 5:30 PM, officers, including K-9 "Capone", went into the apartment and found the suspect hiding under a blanket in a bedroom.

    K-9 "Capone" was deployed and after a struggle with the suspect, they were able to take the suspect into custody.

    Police say that 39-year-old Rafael Larumbe of Oxnard was taken to VCMC to be treated for injuries sustained during the tussle with "Capone" and then arrested on a variety of charges.

    Larumbe was then booked into the Ventura County Jail for three felonies: assault with a deadly weapon, attempted kidnapping, and burglary.

    His bail was set at $1 million and he remains in jail and is scheduled to be in court Wednesday.