Press release - Wanted Murder Suspect / Reward Offered

Published 9/30/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Wanted Murder Suspect / Reward Offered
DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 30th 2010
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
Detective Adam Wittkins,
Major Crimes / Homicide Unit:
(805) 385-7649 /


On August 17th 2010, Oxnard police officers were dispatched to a reported shooting in the area of San Jose Street at Halcon Street in the City of Oxnard. Upon arrival, officers located shooting victim Adrian Lerma. Lerma had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The subsequent investigation has determined Oxnard resident Rene Ramos, Date of Birth July 17th, 1985, is responsible for the Lerma murder. Ramos fled the area after the murder. A murder case has been filed by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office against Ramos and there is an active warrant for Ramos’s arrest for the murder.

The City of Oxnard has a long standing policy to offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of homicide suspects. That offer is extended to this case as well. Anyone who provides information on the whereabouts of Ramos which directly leads to his capture and arrest is eligible to share in a $10,000 reward. See the attached flyer.

Please direct all information to the Oxnard Police Departments Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070, Detective Adam Wittkins at (805) 385-7649 or via e-mail at

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