Ventura – There are few crime events more terrifying to its victims than a home invasion, wherein the occupants of a home are awakened in the dead of night by the sound of someone unknown in the next room.
According to the media report filed by the Ventura Police Department, that is exactly what took place at approximately 3:00 a.m. on September 28th when occupants of a house in the 6000 block of Ventura’s Woodland Street awakened to the sound of a dreaded “bump in the night”. They promptly called 911 Emergency, and the Ventura Police Department Command Center responded with alacrity, immediately dispatching officers to the scene.
Upon arrival, officers observed what the official report described as “a possible suspect exiting the side yard of the residence carrying property.” Officers then, mindful of the threat such a burglary attempt poses to the safety of sleeping occupants, ascertained that all members of the household were accounted for and were unharmed. At that time, the house was “cleared”, the officers verifying that there were no other suspects lurking inside the home.
The lone suspect was soon identified as Pedro Gomez, a 38-year old resident of nearby Oxnard who claimed to be “a former acquaintance” of Minerva Huante, the 41-year old homeowner of the house he had entered via an unlocked window.
Huante was contacted by phone to ascertain whether or not Gomez had permission to enter the home for the purposes of removing personal property. Her response to the negative, Gomez was arrested, and was found to be in possession of numerous stolen items taken from the residence as well as assorted narcotics paraphernalia.
All of the purloined possessions were returned to their rightful owner and Gomez was transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of felony burglary and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
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