Press release - Homicide/ Suspect Arrested

Published 2/17/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Homicide/ Suspect Arrested
DATE/TIME: 02/16/10 1745 hours
LOCATION: 300 Block Cooper Rd
VICTIM(S): Name with-held/ Identity pending
SUSPECT(S): Salvador Medina Tena / 54 years / Oxnard
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Jim Seitz, Homicide Supervisor


A 65 year old Oxnard man died this morning from complications due to a stab wound sustained yesterday evening. On 2/16/10 at approximately 5:46 pm, officers responded to a call of a stabbing victim in the 300 block of Cooper Rd. The victim who has not been positively identified was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The victim subsequently succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:40 am today.

During the investigation, Detectives were successful in identifying the suspect responsible for the stabbing. The suspect was identified as 54 year old Salvador Medina Tena of Oxnard. On 2-17-10 at 1130 hours, officers spotted Tena walking in the 300 block of East 5th St. The suspect was contacted and taken into custody without incident. Apparently the suspect and the victim were involved in a verbal altercation prior to the stabbing taking place. The victim was able to walk into a nearby business and ask for help after having been stabbed.

Tena was arrested on murder charges. The identity of the victim is pending. His name will be released once the identity is confirmed and next-of-kin have been notified.

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