News release - 4/16/2014

Published 4/16/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Multi-Location Search Warrant Operation
DATE/TIME: April 16, 2014, at approximately 0400 Hours
LOCATION: Various Locations in Oxnard, Camarillo and El Rio
SUSPECT(S): Ignacio Corral, 38-year old Camarillo Resident
Francisco Magana, 22-year old Oxnard Resident
Tabitha Ceja, 23-year old Oxnard Resident
A 15-year old Juvenile, El Rio Resident
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager
Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager,, 805-385-7631

DETAILS: On 4/16/14 at approximately 0400 hours, officers and detectives from the Oxnard Police Department, the Ventura County Sherriff’s Office, District Attorney Investigators, and the FBI served simultaneous gang-related search warrants. The search warrants were served in the cities of Oxnard, Camarillo and El Rio. The search warrants were a result of ongoing investigations related to recent violent gang crimes in the City of Oxnard.

During today’s search warrants, three adults and one juvenile were arrested:
  • Ignacio Corral of Camarillo was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • Francisco Magana was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammunition and a parole violation.
  • Tabitha Ceja of Oxnard was arrested for two misdemeanor warrants and a felony warrant.
  • A 15-year old juvenile that resides in El Rio was arrested for felony vandalism (tagging) with a special allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
At one of the search warrant locations, a two-year old sustained minor injuries. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
In an effort to address the recent increase in firearms-related crimes, Oxnard Police launched the Operation Safer and Stronger Initiative, as well as the Firearms Strike Team (FAST) led by the Violent Crimes Unit, to proactively remove firearms from prohibited persons within the city. The objective of the initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement.
In addition to those arrested this morning, the Oxnard Police Department is currently looking for other individuals with felony arrest warrants for gang-related crimes (photos attached, below):
  • Frank Ruiz, a 32-year old Oxnard resident.
  • Jacob Stephenson, a 24-year old Santa Paula resident.
  • Mario Hernandez, a 24-year old Ventura resident.
  • Joseph Ortega, a 30-year old Ventura County resident.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these individuals is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Gun and Gang Hotline anonymously at (805) 982-7043. If anyone has further information about this incident, they are encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 200-5682.  If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site to submit a tip via text or email.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: 04/16/14 5:00 pm

Frank Ruiz
Mario Hernandez

Jacob Stephenson

Joseph Ortega

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