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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Saturday March 13th, 2021 :: 06:45 p.m. PST


Firearm/Gang Arrests

Nature of Incident: Firearm/Gang Arrests
Report Number: 21-33343
Location: Ventura Avenue @ West Park Row, Ventura
Date & Time: 3/12/2021 @ 5:40 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Miguel Ortiz
Carlos Martinez
Male juvenile
Detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Gang Unit contacted and arrested three gang members for various charges after a brief vehicle pursuit in the City of Ventura. 
On March 12, 2021, detectives with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit were conducting directed enforcement in the City of Ventura.  Detectives observed a vehicle occupied by three subjects and attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle later identified as Miguel Ortiz failed to yield and a short pursuit ensued.  After a short distance, the vehicle yielded in the area of Ventura Avenue and West Park Row. 
Once the vehicle yielded, Ortiz, the rear passenger Carlos Martinez and a male juvenile were all taken into custody. All three subjects were identified as documented gang members.  During a search of the vehicle, detectives located a loaded unregistered firearm.  Based on the investigation, all three subjects were arrested for various firearms, weapons and street terrorism charges. 
Ortiz and Martinez were booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  The male juvenile was lodged at the Juvenile Justice Center.  All three subjects are awaiting court proceedings.
Prepared by: Sergeant Eduardo Malagon  
News Release Date: 3/13/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Diego Estrada
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Randy Downard
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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