News release - 2/18/2014

Published 2/18/2014 (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 fifth suspect in 2009 Homicide
DATE/TIME: 02/18/2014
LOCATION: 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue
SUSPECT(S): Alejandro Jimenez, 29 years old, of Oxnard, CA
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Chris Williams, Supervisor, (805) 385-7763
Det. Mike Young, Cold Case Unit (805) 385-7606  

DETAILS: On January 17, 2009 at approximately 8 PM, officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a call of a fight with shots fired in the 2700 block of El Dorado Ave. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located two victims who had sustained stab wounds. A third victim showed up at the hospital an hour after the incident with a minor stab wound.  The 28 year old homicide victim, later identified as Alfredo Vargas, underwent emergency surgery and died at approximately 2:30 am the following morning.

In July of 2013, the investigation into this murder resulted in criminal indictments against four Lemonwood Chiques gang members, charging each with murder for their involvement in this attack.  These four subjects, Jonathan Gallegos, Alexis Ramirez, Jorge Cervantes and Guillermo Galvan are currently in-custody, awaiting trial. 
The investigation into this murder has remained active, with investigators assigned to the Cold Case Task Force continuing to pursue the outstanding suspects responsible for this murder.  On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, investigators arrested a fifth suspect, Alejandro Jimenez, for his role in this murder.  Jimenez, who was in the custody of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department on unrelated charges at the time of his arrest, was charged with Murder, with special allegations that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang and that Jimenez personally discharged a firearm during this crime. 
The success of this investigation is the result of countless hours of investigation and a cooperative effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies including the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.  The investigation into the murder of Alfredo Vargas 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.  A previous booking photograph of Jimenez has been attached to this press release.

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