|INCIDENT:||Gang Member Arrested for Firearm Possession|
|DATE/TIME:||July 9, 2019 / 6:45 p.m.|
|LOCATION:||2100 block of East Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard CA. 93030|
|VICTIM(S):||State of California|
|SUSPECT(S):||Andy Martinez, 22 years old, Oxnard resident|
|PREPARED BY:||Martin Cook, Senior Officer
|CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO:||Christopher Williams, Commander
On July 9th, at 6:45 p.m., officers from the Special Enforcement Unit (gang unit) were in the area of the 2100 block of East Channel Islands Blvd reference recent gang activity. Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop of a dark colored Honda Accord at the intersection of Channel Islands Blvd and Olds Road. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Andy Martinez (22 years), was found to be a criminal street gang member out of Los Angeles County. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Martinez did not have a valid driver’s license. As officer’s had Martinez exit the Honda, they saw that there was a concealed firearm under the driver’s seat of Martinez’ vehicle.
The firearm, a semi-automatic 9 millimeter handgun, was also found to be unregistered. It was also discovered that Martinez is a prohibited person from possessing a firearm, due to a prior felony conviction. Martinez was arrested and charged with numerous firearms violations.
The Oxnard Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.