Press release - Robbery, False Imprisonment, Conspiracy

Published 7/11/2011 (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, False Imprisonment, Conspiracy
DATE/TIME:  7/10/11, 10:00 PM
LOCATION:  100 block of West Sixth Street
SUSPECT(S):  Evaristo Palma (27 yrs), Francisco Salazar (19 yrs)
PREPARED BY:  Detective Jaime Miranda
 Det. Jaime Miranda (805) 385-7665


On July 10, 2011 at approximately 10:00 PM, officers were flagged down by a citizen reporting a robbery that had just occurred. The citizens pointed out the suspect vehicle as it was leaving the area. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Evaristo Palma, and his passenger Francisco Salazar.

It was later determined that a 20 year old female was walking in the 100 block of West Sixth St when she was approached from behind by the suspects. The suspects grabbed the victim by the arms and attempted to pull her away. After a brief struggle the victim was able to break free, but the suspects removed some personal belongings from her and fled towards their vehicle. The victim immediately notified several citizens who were nearby. The citizens chased after the suspects and were able to flag down Officer Greg Reynolds who was in the area.

A traffic stop was conducted on the suspect vehicle, and the victim’s property was located inside the suspect vehicle. Both suspects were arrested without incident. The suspects were later booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for robbery, false imprisonment and conspiracy.

Investigators are still investigating this case and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Jaime Miranda at (805) 385-7665 or remain anonymous and call the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-TIPS.

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