News release - 1/9/2013

Published 1/9/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Arrest of Homicide Suspect        
DATE/TIME:  5-27-11 at 10:07 PM
LOCATION:  300 Block of Cuesta Del Mar Drive
SUSPECT(S):  Mauricio Guzman, 31 years
PREPARED BY:  Detective Mike Young
 Detective Mike Young (805) 385-7606

On May 27, 2011 at approximately 10:07 PM officers responded to a call of a shooting victim in the 300 block of Cuesta Del Mar, Oxnard. Police units arrived minutes later and found the victim, later identified as City of Oxnard resident Jesus Valentin, on the sidewalk. Valentin was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Witnesses told responding officers that the suspect drove up in a black full-sized extra cab pick-up truck; the passenger exited the truck and started arguing with several subjects standing on the sidewalk, including the victim. During the argument the suspect pulled out a weapon and shot the victim. As the investigation into the murder of victim Valentin progressed, information was developed which identified 31-year old, then Oxnard resident, Mauricio Guzman, as being the suspect in this incident.  In January of 2012, a warrant was obtained for Guzman’s arrest for the murder of victim Valentin.  Mauricio Guzman is an admitted member of the Southside Chiques Street gang.

The investigation also revealed that Guzman fled to Mexico in the days following the murder with the intent of avoiding being held responsible for this crime.  Homicide investigators worked with the Los Angeles branch of the United States Marshall Service and the United States Department of Justice, to facilitate the apprehension of Guzman in Mexico.  In August of 2012, the Mexican government issued an arrest warrant for Guzman related to the Jesus Valentin Murder.  Guzman was located a short time later in Tijuana, Mexico and taken into custody for this warrant.  Guzman was then transported to Mexico City, Mexico where he faced extradition proceedings. 

On December 31, 2012, investigators were informed that Guzman was to be extradited to the United States.  On January 9, 2013, with the assistance of the United States Marshall Service, Guzman was returned to the United States and booked into the Ventura County Jail for the outstanding murder warrant.  His bail is currently set to $2.5 million.
This arrest is the result of an exhaustive investigation which included countless investigative man-hours and a cooperative effort involving multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies.  The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department; Ventura County District Attorney’s Office; United States Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs; and the United States Marshall Service all played key roles in this successful investigation. 
The investigation into the murder of Jesus Valentin is ongoing and members of the public are asked to contact Detective Mike Young at (805) 385-7606 or if they have any information about this incident.



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