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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday February 18th, 2021 :: 05:18 p.m. PST


Arrest of Criminal Threats and Vandalism Suspect

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Criminal Threats and Vandalism Suspect  
Report Number: RB #21-21699
Location: Agricultural Lands near Las Posas Road and Laguna Road, Camarillo, CA 93010
Date & Time: 02/17/2021 @ 9:25 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail (SED)

City of Residence

(S) Jose Rodriguez Oxnard 29
On 02/17/2021, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call of a male subject, later identified as Jose Rodriguez, in possession of a rifle and knife in the agricultural fields located near Las Posas Road and Laguna Road in the unincorporated areas south of Camarillo. The reporting party further advised Rodriguez was a former employee and was “Looking for trouble.”
Deputies from the Camarillo Police Department and Special Enforcement Detail arrived shortly after receiving the call and located Rodriguez walking within the agricultural crop, in close proximity of working employees. Deputies began giving commands to Rodriguez, whose hands were partially obscured by the agricultural produce. Rodriguez ultimately complied with the deputies’ directives and was detained pending further investigation. Deputies conducted a search of the area where Rodriguez was initially observed and located a rifle and baseball bat hidden within the agricultural crop. The rifle closely resembled a firearm, however it was deemed to be a pellet gun.
Deputies conducted an investigation and learned Rodriguez had used the baseball bat to vandalize a vehicle belonging to one of the employees. Rodriguez also brandished the firearm and made statements to the employees in a manner which placed the employees in eminent fear for their safety. 
Based on the investigation, Rodriguez was arrested for violation of Penal Code section 422-[Criminal threats] and 594(B)(1)-[Vandalism-Felony]. While processing Rodriguez for booking, deputies learned Rodriguez was arrested by the Oxnard Police Department on 1/30/21 for violation of Penal Code sections 422-[Criminal threats] and 594(b)(1)-[Vandalism-Felony] and posted $20,000.00 bail. Rodriguez was booked at the Ventura County Jail and remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail is comprised of six plain clothes detectives who focus on efforts that negatively affect the quality of life of the law-abiding citizens of Camarillo. The goal of Camarillo SED is to reduce property and violent crime through investigations and directed enforcement.
Anyone with information about criminal activity occurring within the city of Camarillo is encouraged to contact the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail (SED) at (805) 388-5100. Callers can remain anonymous. Information can also be provided by email at [email protected].
Prepared by: Sergeant Brian Whittaker  
News Release Date: 02/18/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Brian Whittaker
(805) 388-5140
Approved by: Captain Shane Matthews  
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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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