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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday September 21st, 2020 :: 03:31 p.m. PDT


Arrest of Armed Suspect / Seizure of Assault Weapons and Narcotics

Nature of Incident:
Arrest of Armed Suspect / Seizure of Assault Weapons and Narcotics
Report Number:
RB# 20-129582
1600 block of Charterwood Ct, City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time:
09-18-20 @ 07:30 AM
Unit(s) Responsible:
Thousand Oaks Patrol Services
East County Investigations Major Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Arturo Gonzalez
Thousand Oaks
On September 18, 2020, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a man in the street on Charterwood Court, who was hallucinating and armed with a rifle. Thousand Oaks Patrol personnel quickly responded to the area and located the suspect, Arturo Gonzalez. Gonzalez was armed with a loaded AR-15 rifle and displayed strong symptomology indicating he was under the influence of a controlled substance. Patrol personnel were able to gain Gonzalez’s compliance and successfully directed Gonzalez to put down the rifle. Gonzalez was arrested and the rifle was seized without further incident. The rifle was found to be unregistered and manufactured illegally, without a serial number.
Patrol deputies received additional information indicating Gonzalez was a convicted felon, who was prohibited from owning firearms. It was also reported Gonzalez fired off a shot inside his home prior to exiting and might have additional weapons inside the house.
East County Major Crimes Detectives authored a search warrant for Gonzalez’s home and vehicle. During the service of the search warrant, a loaded AK-47 rifle, numerous rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest, a set of brass knuckles, and approximately 2 ounces of Methamphetamine were located and seized. Furthermore, evidence inside the home indicated a fresh round of .223 (AR-15) ammunition had been fired inside Gonzalez’s bedroom. The round traveled through several walls and into an adjoining garage, resulting in serious risk of injury or death to others.
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Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for the following 7 felony and 2 misdemeanor charges:
PC 29800(a)(1) - Possession of a loaded firearm by a convicted felon.
PC 30605(a) - Possession of an assault weapon.
PC 30600(a) - Manufacturing an assault weapon.
PC 25850(c)(6) - Carrying a loaded firearm.
PC 246.3(a) - Discharge of a firearm with gross negligence.
PC 31360(a) - Felon in possession of body armor.
PC 417(a)(2) - Exhibiting a deadly weapon.
HS 11550(e) - Being under the influence while possessing a firearm.
HS 11377(a) - Possession of a controlled substance.
Gonzalez’s bail was set at $105,000.00. Gonzalez remains in custody awaiting his arraignment in the Ventura County Superior Court, which is scheduled to occur on 09/22/20.
Prepared by:
Detective Ken Michaelson
News Release Date:
September 21, 2020
Media Follow-Up Contact:
Detective Ken Michaelson
Telephone number 805-494-8223
Email: [email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Denise Sliva

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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