Press release - Robbery Arrests

Published 5/20/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Robbery Arrests
DATE/TIME: May 19, 2010 9:10 PM
LOCATION: Teakwood and “D” Streets
VICTIM(S): V-1 16 year-old, Oxnard resident
V-2 16 year-old, Oxnard resident
V-3 15 year-old, Oxnard resident
SUSPECT(S): S-1 Eric Appel 42 year-old, Oxnard resident
S-2 17 year-old son, Oxnard resident
LOSS: 2 Cellular phones (recovered)
PREPARED BY: Violent Crimes Sergeant Terry Burr
Det. Edward Baldwin (805) 486-7386


On 5-19-10 around 9:10 PM a robbery call came into dispatch at the Oxnard Police Department from the area of Spruce and “C” street. Upon officers arrival they contacted the victims of an armed robbery.

They told officers that the victims were walking home from Taco Bell when they were confronted by two subjects. The juvenile suspect was armed with a knife and demanded the victim’s property. When the victims stated they only had cellular phones, suspect Eric Appel punched one victim and took the victims cash. The other victim’s gave up their cellular phones in fear of being assaulted. The suspects fled the area on foot.

At around 10:45 PM one of the victims saw the two suspects involved in the earlier robbery in front of a residence at 3100 South “D” street. When officers arrived and contacted the victim of the prior robbery he said he could identify the residence that the suspect’s were standing in front of. A perimeter was established by patrol officers. As a vehicle started leaving from the alley the occupants were detained. The victims were driven by and identified both suspect’s as being involved in the robberies.

Officers searched the vehicle the pair were attempting to leave in and located two of the victim’s phones. The cash was not recovered. Both suspects were arrested for multiple counts of armed robbery and conspiracy. The father Eric Appel was booked in Ventura County jail. The son was booked into juvenile hall.

All the victim’s names are being withheld due to their ages. There was only a complaint of pain injury to the victim punched in the face by the suspect.

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