News release - 12/17/2011

Published 12/19/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT  Brandishing a weapon 417 PC, false imprisonment 236 PC, barricaded subject
DATE/TIME  December 17, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
LOCATION  500 block of West Hill Street, Oxnard
VICTIM(S)  Octavio Hernandez, 42, Oxnard resident
Three juveniles ages 3, 10, and 13
SUSPECT  Leonardo Ramirez, 11/6/1975 Oxnard resident
PREPARED BY  Detective Steven F. Funk (805) 385-7796
CONTACT  Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager  / PIO
(805) 385-7631

On December 17, 2011 at about noon, Leonardo Ramirez was outside of the residence located in the 500 block of West Hill Street waiting for Octavio Hernandez to arrive. Ramirez owed Hernandez money from a previous business arrangement. As Hernandez arrived, Ramirez pulled a semi-auto handgun from his waistband and pointed it directly at Hernandez.
Ramirez ran into the residence in the 500 block of West Hill Street where he held three juvenile children (unrelated to him) inside of a bedroom. Ramirez was still in possession of the handgun and held the children for about an hour prior to releasing them to the patrol officers who were outside.
Oxnard patrol officers, SWAT officers with the armored police vehicle, and hostage negotiators were sent to the location as suspect Ramirez barricaded himself inside of the bedroom. There were many attempts to contact Ramirez but all met with negative results.
SWAT officers eventually deployed several diversionary devices into the residence and at about 4 p.m. Ramirez walked to the front door and gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident.
None of the hostages were injured including Ramirez.
The weapon Ramirez used in the incident was eventually recovered inside of the residence.
The investigation is ongoing.If anyone has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7740 or Detective Steve Funk at (805) 385-7796. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site to submit a tip via text or email.


DATE / TIME PREPARED:  12/17/2011, 7 p.m.


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