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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday March 4th, 2019 :: 06:00 p.m. PST


El Rio Attempted Murder Arrest

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Suspect in Attempted Murder 
Report Number: 19-33014
Location: 2500 block of Balboa St., Oxnard, CA
Date & Time: 3/3/2019 @ 03:15 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
Sheriff’s Gang Unit  
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Eric Appel Ventura 26
On 3/3/2018, at approximately 03:15 AM, deputies responded to St. John’s Hospital reference a shooting victim that had just arrived. The victim was stabilized by medical staff and transported to the Ventura County Medical Center for further treatment for his injuries.
During the course of an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit and the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, detectives learned the victim had become involved in an argument in the 2500 block of Balboa Street in the unincorperated community of El Rio.  During that incident, a male suspect shot the victim once in the chest.
Detectives were able to identify the suspect as (S) Eric Appel. At about 11:15 AM, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit located and arrested Appel. Detectives also served a search warrant which resulted in the recovery of a firearm, ammunition and a large quantity of narcotics.
Appel was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for numerous charges, including one felony count of Attempted Murder, one felony count of Possession for Sales of a Controlled Substance, one felony count of a Prohibited Person Possessing a Firearm, and one misdemeanor count of Driving under the Influence of Controlled Substance.
Appel is currently being held in custody with bail set at $505,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on 3/5/2019.
Prepared by: Detective Joe Mulrooney  
News Release Date: 3/4/2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow
(805) 947-8129; [email protected]
Capt. Eric Hatlee
(805) 947-8253; [email protected]
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Captain Jeff Miller
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