News release - 3/7/2012

Published 3/7/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Sexual assault 
DATE/TIME August 12, 2001 
LOCATION Rose Avenue and Lindsay Place, Oxnard 
VICTIM Female, 17 years old at the time of the incident 
SUSPECT(S) Martin Hernandez Padilla 7/22/79 
Oswaldo Hernandez Pinaloza 3/23/82  
CONTACT Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager  / PIO
(805) 385-7631
Bruce McDowell Deputy Chief Investigator, Ventura County District Attorney (805) 477-1682 


(Oxnard, CA) Oxnard Police and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announce the arrest of two men in connection with a rape and kidnapping case that occurred in 2001.

On August 12, 2001 a 17-year-old international exchange student from Japan was walking in the area of Rose Avenue and Lindsay Place when she was grabbed by a male suspect. Two men in a car kidnapped her, took her to an unknown location and sexually assaulted her. As part of the investigation, two DNA profiles were collected from the victim. One DNA sample was matched to Martin Hernandez Padilla 7/22/79 and a warrant was issued for Padilla’s arrest. The other sample did not match anyone in any current law enforcement database thus, the identity of the second suspect was not known.
On February 7, 2012, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies discovered that they had Padilla in custody in their facility; he was arrested because of the warrant. They notified the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and Padilla was extradited from the Orange County jail to Ventura County.
Ventura County District Attorney investigators conducted several interviews which led to another possible suspect. They interviewed Oswaldo Hernandez Pinaloza 3/23/82 and had probable cause to arrest Pinaloza in this case. Both Padilla and Pinaloza are currently being held in the Ventura County jail.
The victim in this case returned to Japan in 2001. Investigators are in contact with her in the event she is needed for the prosecution.
Investigators believe there may be other victims of sexual assault or attempted kidnapping by these two suspects who have not yet come forward. If you have information in this case, or believe you were a victim please notify the Oxnard PD family protection unit at (805) 385-7620.


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