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Friday May 3rd, 2019 :: 02:00 p.m. PDT


Arrest of Assault with Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment Suspects

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Assault with Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment Suspects
Report Number: 19-48137
Location: 100 Block of W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: March 29, 2019
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Intelligence Led Policing/School Resource Officer Unit, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement/Gang Unit, Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Salas, Bridgette
(S) Puga, Gilbert
(S) Juvenile Female
(S) Juvenile Female
(V) Juvenile Female
Simi Valley
Simi Valley
Thousand Oaks
Simi Valley
Thousand Oaks
On 3-29-19, patrol deputies with the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a fight call in the 100 block of W. Hillcrest Drive. A subsequent investigation revealed Bridgette Salas was involved in a verbal argument with the 13-year-old female juvenile victim.  Salas threatened to return with her “niece” for the purpose of battering the female juvenile victim.  Salas left the location and returned in a vehicle a short time later with Gilbert Puga and two female juvenile suspects, ages 16 and 13.  The 16-year-old female juvenile suspect battered the female juvenile victim, resulting in the victim being transported to Los Robles Hospital for treatment for a significant head injury.  All suspects were arrested for their involvement in this crime.
During this assault, the 13-year-old female juvenile suspect brandished and activated a taser, displaying an electric arc at nearby witnesses.  While brandishing the taser, she threatened to use the taser on anyone who attempted to intervene with the attack.  Salas and Puga watched as the 16-year old female juvenile suspect battered the victim and made no attempt to stop this attack from occurring.  Uninvolved witnesses eventually stopped the fight and Salas drove Puga and the female juvenile suspects away from the scene.
On 5-1-19, after completing a thorough investigation, a search warrant was served at residences of the suspects involved in this crime.  Salas, Puga and the two female juvenile suspects were arrested for California Penal Code section 245(a)(4), assault with a deadly weapon, and Penal Code section 182(a), conspiring to commit a crime.  Salas and Puga were also arrested for Penal Code Section 273a(a), child endangerment.  Evidence related to this crime was located during the service of this search warrant.  Salas and Puga were booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility with bail set at $50,000 for each.  The two female juvenile suspects were lodged into the Ventura County Juvenile justice Center.    
Prepared by: Sergeant Dillan Alvarez  
News Release Date: May 3, 2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Damian Alvarez
(805) 947-8111
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Don Aguilar
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