News release - 6/10/2013

Published 6/10/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Case Filed against Suspect in a Cold-Case Kidnapping for Robbery and Sexual Assault 
DATE/TIME: Date of Incident:  February 19, 1982
LOCATION: 3700 Block of West Hemlock, Oxnard
VICTIM(S): Name Withheld
SUSPECT(S): Delton Lynn Taylor, 55 years, of Bakersfield, CA
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Christopher Williams, (805) 385-7763
Detective Michael Young, (805) 385-7606


In September of 2012, the Oxnard Police Department’s Cold Case team reopened the investigation into a February 19, 1982 kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault that occurred in the parking lot of Smith Food King in the 3700 block of West Hemlock Street in Oxnard.  The investigation was reopened after detectives received a phone call from the victim, whose call was prompted after reading news of an unrelated cold case sexual assault-murder arrest in Oxnard.
Detectives worked with the Ventura County Crime Lab and were able to have evidence collected during the initial investigation forensically examined.  In January of 2013, investigators received a CODIS hit on an item of evidence which identified 55 year old Bakersfield resident Delton Lynn Taylor as being a suspect in this crime.  Additional DNA testing confirmed this national DNA database notification.
In May of 2013, Taylor was arrested in Pinal, Arizona for a felony warrant on an unrelated charge out of Kern County, California.  He has since been extradited to Kern County and is currently in custody there.  A felony complaint and arrest warrant has been filed against Taylor for his involvement in the February 1982 incident.  He will be extradited to Ventura County to face charges related to this incident upon the completion of criminal proceedings in Kern County.
The Oxnard Police Department’s Cold Case team works in conjunction with the Ventura County Cold Case Task Force and the Ventura County Crime Lab. Utilizing the latest advances in forensic science the Department continues to make identifications of suspects in homicides and other serious crimes of violence. The public is encouraged to contact investigators if they have any information regarding unsolved crimes.
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  6/11/13, 0830 Hours

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