Press release - Six Arrested for Fighting at Party

Published 7/26/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Six Arrested for Fighting at Party
DATE/TIME: 07-25-2010 at 2332 hours
LOCATION: 800 block of Cedar Court, Oxnard
SUSPECT(S): Jose Angel Zuniga, Jr., 23 years, of Oxnard
Rafael Valenzuela Vasquez, 23 years, of Port Hueneme
Oscar Vincent Puga, 20 years, of Oxnard
Jesse Joseph Zuniga, 18 years, of Oxnard
Javier Granados Rincon, 22 years, of Ventura
Octavio Ruiz, 26 years, of Oxnard
LOSS: Injuries to two adult males and one adult female. One of the males suffered facial injuries and required hospitalization. Names withheld by police.
PREPARED BY: Detective Alex Arnett (805) 486-6297
Detective Alex Arnett (805) 486-6297


On 07-25-2010 at 2332 hours, Oxnard police received numerous calls of a large fight in the 800 block of Cedar Court. The callers reported dozens of people fighting and throwing beer bottles, chairs and tables. Oxnard police arrived in two minutes and requested an additional two dozen police officers to deal with the crowd of 150 attending a baby shower in the courtyard of an apartment complex. Fire and ambulance were also dispatched to treat three injured victims.

Witnesses to the incident told police the party was uneventful until eight uninvited men entered the party and confronted several of the guests. The men verbally threatened the partygoers then launched an assault against some in the group using beer bottles, chairs, tables, and a baseball bat. One suspect (Puga) pulled out a folding knife and attempted to stab several persons in the crowd although no one was injured. As the group of men backed their way out of the party, another suspect (Rincon) displayed a handgun.

Witnesses pointed officers to a nearby apartment where the suspects fled. Officers detained six suspects at the location and all were identified by witnesses.

Detectives from the Oxnard police Violent Crimes Unit served a search warrant overnight on the apartment where the six suspects were located. Evidence related to the case was seized; the handgun is still outstanding.

All six suspects were arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon and committing a crime in the furtherance of a criminal street gang. Suspect Ruiz was treated at a local hospital for facial injuries sustained in the fight. All suspects were booked into the Ventura County Jail; bail was set at $100,000 for each suspect.

An investigation is continuing.

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