Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Man Arrested On Assault Charge


On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at about 11 P.M., several caucasian males reportedly went to a home on Santa Ana Blvd. in Oak View and began vandalizing a vehicle parked in the driveway. When the victim, a resident of the home, confronted the group, Robert Stevens attempted to hit him with a club-type weapon. During the attack, witnesses heard several members of the group yelling “Oak View,” leading police to believe that this incident was gang related. After causing several hundred dollars worth of damage to the vehicle, the group fled the area. The victim of the assault was not injured.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit and deputies from the Ojai Police Station focused their attention on the community of Oak View for several days following the assault to deter further disturbances. Following an investigation by the Gang Unit and Ojai Detectives, the suspect in the assault, Robert Stevens, was arrested for possession of an illegal weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, drug influence, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. He was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail with bail set at $55,000.

As of this report, no suspects in the vandalism have been identified. Anyone with information related to this crime is encouraged to call the Ojai Police Department at 646-1414.

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