OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
Last night (4/13/09) at the Knights of Columbus annual “Public Safety Night Dinner” Oxnard officers made an arrest in a felony battery.
At approximately 9:00 pm last night several Oxnard officers attending dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall (at 6th and D St) were alerted by someone in the back of the hall about an assault taking place in an alley adjacent to the building. Two Oxnard officers, Assistant Chief Jason Benites and Commander Eric Sonstegard immediately ran outside to offer assistance.
As they arrived outside a few seconds later they saw a victim down on the ground and an individual running from the scene. The individual running was identified by witnesses as the perpetrator of the assault. Assistant Chief Benites and Commander Sonstegard, who were both in uniform, gave chase and quickly scaled a fence in the area. The chase went for approximately two blocks and lasted approximately two minutes. At that point Commander Sonstegard caught up with the suspect near the intersection of 5th and C Streets. The suspect was taken into custody by Commander Sonstegard at that location.
The suspect has been identified as Aaron Lee Hart (age 41, transient). He was arrested and is facing felony battery charges.
The victim, identified as Alex George Urratio (age 46, transient), received numerous cuts to his face, and lost at least one tooth in the battery.
It is unclear at this time what motivated the battery.