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Oxnard Stabbing Victim Dies; Two DUI/DL Checkpoint Results; Stolen Car Ring Arrests; Oxnard Arson Arrest

Sunday May 28, 2023

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     Updated--Oxnard police say their Saturday stabbing victim has died.

     They say 33-year-old Edmundo Lopez Velasco of Oxnard died at VCMC at 5 AM Sunday morning.

     The stabbing was reported at 4 PM Saturday in the 400 block of North Anita Avenue.

     Velasco sustained a single stab wound to his neck and was taken to VCMC in condition as critical.

     Now that this has turned into a homicide, the OPD Major Crimes Bureau has taken over the investigation.

     No word yet regarding a suspect or motive for the killing.



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     The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has released results of two recent DUI/Driver's License checkpoints.

     In Moorpark Friday night from 7 PM to midnight, deputies conducted a checkpoint in the westbound lanes of Tierra Rejada Road near Mountain Trail Court.

     They screened almost 400 drivers and made one DUI arrest and another arrest for an outstanding warrant.

     Six drivers were cited for driving without a license or having a suspended license and one citation was issued to a driver for other offenses.

     Meanwhile, deputies in Thousand Oaks conducted a checkpoint Thursday from 6 PM to 1 AM on westbound Avenida De Los Arboles east of Kensington Avenue.

     They contacted almost 1,000 motorists.

     No DUI arrests were made but four drivers were cited for license  violations and eight others for various other vehicle code violations.




     The Ventura County Sheriff's Office says they joined with other law enforcement agencies in Southern California to take down what they described as a sophisticated stolen car ring.

     Nine people were arrested and 28 vehicles were seized.

     The operation was prompted by and focused on the theft of the Dodge "Hellcat", a high performance vehicle that sells for more than $90,000.

     Sheriff's detectives say there have been 16 of them taken in Ventura County since November of 2022.

     Ten were recovered in the raids at 18 locations.




     Oxnard police say they arrested a man for arson late Friday morning after he reportedly set clothing and mattresses on fire at a residence in the 5600 block of Cypress Road.

     The flames spread to the floor and wall.

     The fire was quickly extinguished by Oxnard firefighters but the suspect, a 51-year-old Oxnard man, was treated at a local hospital for burns before being arrested.

     He is being held in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $95,000 but he cannot be released because of a parole hold.

     He is due in court Wednesday to be arraigned.