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On the night of August 5th, 2023, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department patrol deputies responded to a 911 call reporting an altercation involving an adult female victim and 40-year-old Oxnard resident Jose Ramiro Torres.
Responding deputies immediately engaged with the victims and witnesses present at the scene and learned that Torres had fled the premises. The victims and witnesses detailed Torres’ physical assault and attempted strangulation of the 38-year-old adult female victim. The juvenile female victim intervened on behalf of the adult, then suffered harm herself as Torres inflicted injuries that impeded her breathing.
In an attempt to halt Torres’ escape, the adult victim confronted Torres, but was struck by his fleeing vehicle. A witness alerted authorities to the possibility that Torres might be armed.
Following investigation by the Headquarters Patrol Station Investigations Unit, it was determined that Torres, a documented offender with a history of violent conduct, was a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms. Furthermore, he was subject to Post Release Offender Status (PROS) probation and was sought on an active felony warrant for evasion of the Ventura County Probation Agency.
With concerted efforts by the Headquarters Patrol Station Investigations Unit and the West County Special Enforcement Unit, Torres was located in a commercial parking lot and was taken into custody. A subsequent search of Torres’ vehicle led to the discovery of a “ghost gun” loaded with live ammunition beneath the driver’s seat.
Torres was arrested and transported to the Ventura County jail, where he was booked on multiple charges of domestic violence causing injury, child cruelty, unlawful firearms possession by a felon or addict, firearm possession by a prohibited individual, concealed firearm transportation within a vehicle, and for an illicit firearm transfer…all in addition to his existing local felony warrant.
Torres remains in custody on a no-bail hold.