VENTURA COUNTY'S MOST WANTED FUGITIVES; WARRANTS DETAIL GETS ITS MAN - OFTEN;.
Byline: Cecilia Chan Staff Writer
Hector Hernandez shot two brothers in downtown Moorpark following a fight earlier in the day, police say.
Marwan Elshamy is accused of threatening a woman in Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. with a rifle and demanding money.
And Golan Ohayon and Asaf Cohen cohen
(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male. are wanted on suspicion of beating a man, threatening him with guns and a buck knife A buck knife (or buck-knife) is a kind of folding lock-blade knife, meaning a knife whose blade folds into its handle, as with a common pocket knife, but locks into place when opened, so that it cannot close unless the release is pressed. , then kidnapping kidnapping, in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes. him from a Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. motel in an attempt to extort To compel or coerce, as in a confession or information, by any means serving to overcome the other's power of resistance, thus making the confession or admission involuntary. To gain by wrongful methods; to obtain in an unlawful manner, as in to compel payments by means of threats of money from his brother.
What these suspects have in common is they are all fugitives from the law.
They and 88,613 others logged in the Criminal Justice Information System are being tracked by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's three-member warrants detail.
``Some of them are rarely at the address on the warrants,'' said Detective Brian Worthan, who heads the detail. ``Most of them are unemployed. They've just been released from jail or prison. They have no address, they don't have a vehicle, no property.
``It's not like you or I who have property and things that can be traced,'' he said. ``They are hard to pin down. They are very elusive.''
The warrants run the gamut from murder to violating probation.
Of the 88,617 warrants, 2,640 are for felonies, and the remainder are misdemeanors, Worthan said. Because of the heavy workload, the detectives focus on felonies.
From Jan. 1 to July 31, the Ventura County court system issued 9,557 warrants, of which 1,073 were for felonies, he said. The unit receives an average of 2,500 felony and misdemeanor warrants a month.
During the same period, the warrant detail made 132 arrests - 88 men and 44 women - and cleared a total of 434 warrants.
Their job calls for them to keep warrants active in the system to ensure they are enforceable. Law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). must be able to show that efforts were made to notify a suspect three years after a felony warrant's issuance.
``We cleared 240 (warrants) by locating people over the phone,'' Worthan said. ``We could spend a couple hours on the phone or weeks on the phone.
``We will use phone books, reports we have on file with our agency and other agencies to glean glean
v. gleaned, glean·ing, gleans
To gather grain left behind by reapers.
1. To gather (grain) left behind by reapers.
2. information and contact other resources, friends, employers and actually go to locations and attempt to get information and locate them there.''
Although telephones are the most effective tool, anonymous tips aid in nabbing fugitives, said Sgt. Ken Bailey of the county Special Services unit in Ventura.
Tipsters call into the Ventura County Crime Stoppers stoppers
see stopper pad. program, which features a weekly lineup of fugitives and up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
``That is a tremendous asset,'' said senior Deputy Al Weigand. ``There are a tremendous amount of tips.''
Weigand single-handedly mans the warrants extradition extradition (ĕkstrədĭsh`ən), delivery of a person, suspected or convicted of a crime, by the state where he has taken refuge to the state that asserts jurisdiction over him. unit, bringing criminals to justice who are captured in another county or state. The county District Attorney's Office determines which criminals are to be extradited, and that information is entered into a national computer system.
Last year, 90 felony extraditions were completed, and this year should end with 120, Weigand said. He estimates he works an average of 10 extraditions a month.
``You do get those who go to New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , Florida and New Jersey,'' he said. ``Name it, and I've been there. These guys go everywhere.
``A lot of time they go back to where there is a relative or something, and it's a matter of them doing something and getting caught.''
A good example is a case he worked on last year that involved a fugitive who moved to another state, where he worked for a computer company, Weigand said. The suspect was careful not to leave any clues, even using taxis rather than renting cars on business trips, he said.
But on one business trip to White Plains, N.Y., the suspect rented a car and parked it in front of the hotel, where it was stolen. Police found the car, which led them to the man, who was asleep in the hotel, he said.
Weigand said some fugitives mistakenly believe once they leave California they are out of the law's grasp. However, they get caught if they apply for a driver's license Noun 1. driver's license - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle
driver's licence, driving licence, driving license
license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something
or register a car in their own name and an agent happens to scan that state's records.
Not only does Weigand have to juggle his cases, but he helps outside agencies with their fugitives in Ventura County.
Weigand said it's hard to determine how long fugitives are on the loose before they are caught.
``Some are gone for years,'' he said. ``We've gone and got some people who have been loose for three to five years.''
Worthan said the oldest warrant in the system is from the mid-'60s, for a probation violation.
Although Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley rank regularly among the safest cities in the nation, they have their share of criminals to deal with.
Police are still looking for Looking for
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``We're not sure what set it off. It might be bad blood between the two and it erupted into a physical altercation with Jesus attacking Antonio repeatedly,'' said sheriff's Capt. Arve Wells.
``There are no leads, but we believe he may be in Mexico, and we are pursuing that,'' he said.
Wells said they also are looking for Pablo Figueroa Rojas, 48, who witnessed the incident and may have been injured while attempting to subdue sub·due
tr.v. sub·dued, sub·du·ing, sub·dues
1. To conquer and subjugate; vanquish. See Synonyms at defeat.
2. To quiet or bring under control by physical force or persuasion; make tractable.
``We have yet to locate him and would like to talk to him,'' Wells said. ``He's not wanted for the incident.''
Police also want to locate Tomas Alfonzo Gamez, 23, suspected in the 1997 rape of a 14-year-old girl he accosted ac·cost
tr.v. ac·cost·ed, ac·cost·ing, ac·costs
1. To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
2. To solicit for sex. in a Thousand Oaks park.
And Juan Francisco Morales, 26, is being sought in a 1998 robbery of a pizzeria in Thousand Oaks. The robber held the manager at gunpoint and fled the scene with money and checks from the safe.
One more fugitive in Ventura County is Silvestre Mondragon Meza, 30, who was on trial for attempted murder In the criminal law, attempted murder is committed when the defendant does an act that is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the crime of murder and, at the time of these acts, the person has a specific intention to kill. in 1994 when he escaped from a temporary holding area during a break.
Additionally, Charles Long "Colonel" Charles "Chuck" Long (born 1945) is the founder of the America's Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association. (The title of colonel is self-styled. Long only attained the rank of lance corporal while serving in the U.S. Marines. , 54, is being sought for failing to appear for sentencing after he was convicted of drunk driving in 1995. Long has a history of DUI convictions and is facing a substantial state prison sentence.
Sometimes the identity of a suspect is unknown, such as the serial rapist being sought by Simi Valley police. Authorities say the suspect has attacked nine women, with the most recent attack occurring in May.
``We would like anybody with information to call Crime Stoppers and pass it on,'' said police Sgt. Bob Gardner. ``We have some very good physical evidence that will positively identify the person.
``We just have to find the person to match it to.''
Anyone with information about these suspects can call Crime Stoppers at (805) 385-TALK or (805) 494-TALK.
Photo: (1 -- color) Tomas Alfonzo Gamez, 23
Charged with rape
5-foot-6, 160 pounds
Black hair, brown eyes Brown Eyes (브라운 아이즈) was a Korean musical duo, specializing in ballads. Although both members have powerful voices, they were initially disregarded because of their physical looks. .
Last known address was in Thousand Oaks.
(2) Jesus Gonzalez-Guzman, 36
Charged with murder
6 feet, 180 pounds
Black hair, brown eyes.
Last known address was in Thousand Oaks.
(3 -- color) Charles Long, 54
Wanted for multiple DUIs
6 feet, 165 pounds
Blond hair, blue eyes Blue eyes are eyes that have blue irises (see eye color), and may also refer to:
Last known address was in Westlake Village.
(4 -- color) Silvestre Mondragon Meza, 30
Charged with attempted murder
5-foot-5, 120 pounds
Brown hair, brown eyes.
Last known address was in Camarillo.
(5 -- color) Juan Francisco Morales, 26
Charged with armed robbery
5-foot-7, 140 pounds
Black hair, brown eyes.
Last known address was in Thousand Oaks.