Press release - Robbery, Kidnapping for the Purpose of Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempt Carjacking, and a Gang Allegation

Published 6/20/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Robbery, Kidnapping for the Purpose of Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempt Carjacking, and a Gang Allegation
DATE/TIME:  6/16/11 1900 hours
LOCATION:  Ventura County Jail
VICTIM(S):  Name Withheld
SUSPECT(S):  Manuel Martinez, 20 year old Oxnard Resident
 A booking photo of Manuel Martinez has been attached.
PREPARED BY:  Sergeant Christopher Williams
 Detective Jeff McGreevy (805) 385-3982 or


The Oxnard Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) has been investigating a string of armed robberies and carjacking incidents that occurred in South Oxnard over a 3 week period. The suspect was identified as Manuel Martinez, an Oxnard gang member. Follow-up revealed that Martinez had recently been released from Folsom Prison just 2 months earlier. Gang Officers from the Special Enforcement Unit located Martinez at his home and arrested him for armed robbery. They conducted a parole search of his residence and located a wallet belonging to another victim, that had been robbed at gunpoint earlier in the day.

On 6/16/11 about 1715 hours, Martinez was arrested for two additional robberies. The robberies occurred in late March. One of the robberies was of a high school student, who was walking to school. During that incident the victim was forced to a secluded area, threatened, assaulted and some of his valuable were taken. Martinez has also been identified and arrested for an attempt Carjacking incident that also occurred in late March. During this incident, the victim sustained a serious injury to the upper body while the suspects tried to steal a vehicle.

A second suspect is being sought in at least one of the cases. The Oxnard Police Department is requesting anyone with information about these crimes or other crimes involving this suspect is urged to contact Detective Jeff McGreevy at (805) 385-3982 or remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.

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