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The job requirements of a career criminal much be daunting for anyone who isn’t absolutely dedicated to the job. But those challenges don’t seem to have fazed 28-year- old Oxnard resident Juan Torres who appears bent on continuing his life of crime.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Will Hollowell, Torres was considered by law enforcement to have been “a wanted felon on probation” on the morning of April19th when VCSD Dispatch personnel send deputies out to investigate a report of “two suspicious subjects loitering in a parked vehicle” in a Fillmore residential neighborhood.
Once on the scene of the loiterers, deputies made contact with Torres who “provided a false name and immediately fled on foot,” leaving behind a female in the car who was later identified as 19-year-old Camarillo resident Victoria Nunez. The abandoned Ms. Nunez was then searched and found to be in possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and assorted drug paraphernalia, which earned her pair of stainless steel bracelets for her ride to the Ventura County Jail.
While Nunez was being trundled off to be booked on multiple narcotics violations, the search for the fleet-of-foot Torres continued to frustrate deputies. “Several hours later,” however, a sharp-eyed resident reported seeing Torres and capturing his image on a surveillance camera. Reporting to that location, deputies spotted Torres “who fled again on foot,” leading them through several residential backyards and ultimately to a shopping center parking lot where he was taken down.
The immediately ensuing investigation led to the discovery of evidence indicating that Torres had broken into a local residence earlier in the morning and stolen “personal items including a bicycle.” All the purloined property was located and returned to its rightful owner while Torres was transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of trespassing, residential burglar, and evading arrest.