Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department
Eric S. Sonstegard
OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
|INCIDENT:||Arrest Warrant Issued for 2003 Homicide Suspect|
|DATE/TIME:||June 15, 2003|
|LOCATION:||West Alley 4200 Block Terrace Avenue|
|VICTIM(S):||Brian Brown, 28 years old (date of incident)|
|SUSPECT(S):||David Acosta, 40 year old Oxnard resident|
Sergeant Chris Williams (805) 385-7763
CONTACT PERSON &
Detective Mike Young (805) 385-7606
DETAILS:In the morning hours of June 15, 2003, Oxnard Police Officers responded to a call for service related to a possible shooting victim in the west alley of the 4200 block of Terrace Avenue. When the officers arrived at the scene, 28 year old Oxnard resident Brian Brown was found seated in a vehicle which was parked in the alleyway. Victim Brown was found to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was in extremely critical condition. Brown was transported to an area hospital via ambulance but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Brown’s death was ruled a homicide following an autopsy examination conducted by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Though exhaustive efforts were made by the original investigators, Brown’s murder remained unsolved in the years that followed. In 2012, investigators with the Oxnard Police Department Cold Case Task Force and the Violent Crimes Unit reopened the investigation into Brown’s death. During the course of the next three years, sufficient evidence was developed to obtain a warrant for the arrest of David Acosta for murder. Acosta is currently in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and will be brought to Ventura County to face charges of murder and personally using a firearm to commit the murder. Because suspect Acosta is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated conviction, he will not be eligible for bail.
The investigation into the murder of victim Brown is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Oxnard Police Department Detective Mike Young at (805) 385-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: 11/5/2015, 9:45 a.m.