Ventura County – While the City of Thousand Oaks is one of the county’s most “suburban” environments, with wide avenues, manicured neighborhoods, and one of Southern California’s most active malls that attracts affluent shoppers from miles around, it is apparently not any more immune to violent crime than any other city.
Evidence of that sad reality came, apparently, just after midnight on September 28th, when Ventura County’s Thousand Oaks Police Station 911 Emergency response center received a call alerting authorities to a violent altercation on the 100 block of Rolling Oaks Drive within the city limits. Responding deputies discovered a victim suffering a knife wound, and had him immediately transported to nearby Los Robles Medical Center for treatment.
The ensuing on-scene investigation, conducted by the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, led detectives to identify Jimmy Alberto Flores-Chay, a 27-year-old local resident, as the likely suspect. Just eight hours later, Fores-Chay was located near his Moorpark Road residence. Contact with him was initiated, and he was taken into custody without incident at that time.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. James Sullivan, detectives discovered “evidence related to the crime” that connected Flores-Chay to the altercation and stabbing earlier that day, which served as sufficient probable cause for them to place Flores-Chay under arrest and transport him to East Ventura County Jail. Flores-Chay was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, with his bail set at $100,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking