Photo: A. Elroy Orduno
June 30, 2020 – Ventura County, Ca.
A lot of unnecessary drama and expense might be avoided if only those with criminal instincts
were more familiar with the outcomes of popular classic movies like Dog Day Afternoon, and
Those films are clearly instructive as to the likelihood of the central antagonists enjoying a positive outcome after barricading themselves in a confined space in defiance of law enforcement’s entreaties for a peaceful surrender.
Case in point: the June 28th arrest of 36-year-old Simi Valley resident A. Elroy Orduno which
followed a ten-hour period wherein he refused to allow contact between himself and an army
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Marta Bugarin, it all
started late on the night of June 27 th when a 911 Emergency call reported “a possible domestic
disturbance” at a Moorpark residence with the alleged miscreant “possibly armed with a
Responding deputies spotted Orduno as he “ran into the victim’s residence” and immediately
barricaded himself inside as the victim and two other individuals managed to escape to the
outside of the house.
At that point, additional law enforcement resources were summoned, and before the long night
was over, units from the VCSD SWAT team, Tactical Negotiation Unit, Unmanned Aerial Systems
Unit, and the Simi Valley Police Department SWAT team were on the scene.
When verbal contact with Orduno was established, he “claimed to be armed with a rifle and threatened to shoot at deputies.” This lead to the firing of “a non-lethal chemical agent” through the window of the house, whereupon Orduna “immediately surrendered” and stepped outside with his
Orduno was immediately taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he
was book on charges of stalking, unlawful entry, resisting an offer, and—as an active
parolee—violation of parole.
He remains in custody with his bail set at $1,000,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking