Press release - Murder Suspects Arrested

Published 12/22/2010 (all press releases for this day)

Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Murder Suspects Arrested
DATE/TIME: December 21st 2010 / 1330 hours
LOCATION: Ventura County Main Jail
VICTIM(S): Uriel Loya Bucio, an Oxnard Resident
SUSPECT(S): Miguel Pena, 27 year-old, Oxnard resident
Gerardo Mariscal, 30 year-old Oxnard resident
PREPARED BY: Detective Adam Wittkins, Major Crimes / Homicide Unit
Detective Adam Wittkins (805) 385-7649


On December 1st 2008 at approximately 2040 hours, officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a call of a shooting victim in the 800 block of S. Oxnard Blvd. Upon their arrival, they found a victim who had been shot. Uriel Loya Bucio died as a result of the shooting.

Detectives learned that Mr. Bucio worked at a car dealership in the 800 block of S. Oxnard Blvd. Mr. Bucio was leaving the business with his young son when they were confronted by the suspect Miguel Pena. Pena ordered Mr. Bucio and his son to the ground at gunpoint. The suspect demanded personal property from the victim and the victim complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect subsequently shot the victim and ran from the area. Mr. Bucio’s son was not harmed.

The investigation has progressed to the point that two suspects have been identified as being responsible for the robbery and murder of Uriel Bucio. These two suspects were currently in-custody on an unrelated robbery charge at the Ventura County Main Jail. On December 21st 2010, Miguel Pena of Oxnard and Gerardo Mariscal of Oxnard were arrested for the special circumstance robbery and murder of Uriel Bucio. Miguel Pena shot Mr. Bucio during the robbery while Gerardo Mariscal assisted in the planning of the robbery. Both suspects are being held without bail at the Ventura County Main Jail.

Booking photographs are below.

Miguel Pena

Gerardo Mariscal

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