News release - 8/8/2013

Published 8/8/2013 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Arrest of Murder Suspect
DATE/TIME: August 2, 2013
LOCATION: Homicide location: 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue, Oxnard
Arrest location:  Ventura County Main Jail
VICTIM(S): Alfredo Vargas
Ramiro Huerta  
SUSPECT(S): Jorge Cervantes, 19 Years of Age, Oxnard resident
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Alex Arnett, Violent Crimes Supervisor, (805) 385-7600, alex.arnett@oxnardpd.org
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Det. Mike Young, Major Crimes Unit (805) 385-7606
mike.young@oxnardpd.org  

DETAILS:

(OXNARD, Calif)– On August 2, 2013, Oxnard resident Jorge Cervantes was served with a criminal indictment, charging him with two counts of murder, attempted shooting at an inhabited dwelling and numerous enhancements related to these charges.  This indictment was related to the murders of Alfredo Vargas and Ramiro Huerta.
 
Alfredo Vargas was murdered during a gang related incident on January 17, 2009.  Cervantes was arrested on April 2, 2013 for his role in this murder, and has been in the custody of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Three additional defendants, Guillermo Galvan, Alexis Ramirez, and Jonathan Gallegos, who had also been previously arrested for their role in Vargas’ death, were also indicted for murder as it relates to the Vargas incident.   
 
Additionally, Cervantes was indicted for the January 27, 2009 murder of Ramiro Huerta.  Huerta was murdered just 10 days after Alfredo Vargas.  Huerta was shot to death just outside his apartment, after walking home from a nearby convenience store.  Huerta was killed just a short distance away from where Vargas had been killed less than two weeks before.  Investigators believe that Huerta’s murder was also committed for the benefit of the Lemonwood Chiques street gang. 
 
This additional arrest is the result of a task force the Oxnard Police Department formed in August of 2012 to solve a series of homicides which occurred between 2006 and 2012.  The Oxnard Police Department received significant assistance in these investigations by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. 
 
There are additional outstanding suspects in the Alfredo Vargas homicide and this and other investigations continue to be actively worked.  These investigations also include the 2006 murder of Oscar Gonzales and the 2012 murder of Jose Gonzales.  Investigators believe members of the Lemonwood Chiques criminal street gang are responsible for all of these murders.
 
Jorge Cervantes remains in the custody of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department with bail currently set at $1,610,000.  Members of the public are asked to contact Detective Mike Young at (805) 385-7606 or mike.young@oxnardpd.orgif they have any information about this or any other homicide case.
 
 
 
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  August 8, 2013, 02:00 p.m.



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