Photo: Stephen Gilbert Montijo
March 28, 2020 – Ventura County – One can only imagine the primal rage that must accompany certain physical altercations, particularly those that involve any weapon other than a firearm. And when the weapon of choice is a samurai sword, the consequences of any attack can be serious.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. James Douglas, the arrest early in the evening of March 26th of Camarillo resident Stephen Gilbert Montijo came after Camarillo Police Department deputies were called to the scene of a physical assault on Penzance Avenue.
Upon arrival, the deputies discovered “two adult victims suffering from several lacerations.” Both victims were given emergency medical attention at the scene and were then transported to Ventura County Medical Center for further treatment.
The ensuing investigation and witness interviews indicated that Montijo had arrived at the victims’ residence “armed with a large sword.” When the victims exited the residence, they were attacked by Montijo.
The victims managed to escape, at which point Montijo “fled the area” himself. During the course of this investigation, another 911 Emergency Call reported “a second disturbance involving Montijo.”
Having seen the injuries and mayhem at the first scene, deputies wasted no time in responding to the second location, where they made contact with Montijo and took him into custody. He was then transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on two felony counts of attempted homicide and a single count of felony mayhem, with his bail set at $90,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking