VENTURA COUNTY — The reality that the police can’t be everywhere to protect the citizenry from crime at all times became apparent once again in broad daylight on February 24th in the city of Oxnard.
It was at approximately 1:40 p.m. on a neighborhood sidewalk when, according to the Oxnard Police Department Watch Commander’s report to the media, a 911 Call for Service indicated a sexual battery had just occurred.
Responding officers “contacted the female victim” who told officers that she had been assaulted on the street by “a male suspect” who had “physically restrained her” during a sexual battery.
The female victim indicated that she had forcibly pulled herself away from her assailant who was seen fleeing into a nearby residential area. Officers promptly moved in the direction of the suspect’s flight and found a resident who had witnessed the crime while responding to “the victim’s cries for help.”
As the suspect fled the scene, the witness reportedly followed him, observing the direction and route of his flight.
When officers caught up with 25-year-old Oxnard resident Luis Borunda, he was immediately detained and positively identified by both the victim and the pursuing witness. At that point, Borunda was arrested, handcuffed, and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on a charge of felony sexual battery.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking