Five Arrested for Involvement in Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case in T.O.

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

Five people have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a gang-related assault that sent two victims to the hospital.

On the evening of December 15, 2017, there was a small gathering of people in the area of Avenida Del Platino and Calle Diamonte in Newbury Park. The gathering was described as an informal memorial service for David Smith who was shot and killed in the same area on November 30, 2017. An argument began during the gathering and several suspected gang members assaulted three non-gang members. One victim was attending the gathering and the other two came to the aid of the first victim. During the assault one victim was cut with a sharp object, another suffered a serious injury to his mouth and the third was badly beaten. The victims with the cut wound and mouth injury were both transported to the Los Robles Hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released. The subsequent investigation led to the identification of four suspects who were involved in the assault and one suspect who made statements during the incident intended to intimidate the victims and prevent them from cooperating with the police.

On January 4, 2018, Jessica Macias and a male juvenile were arrested in Newbury Park for assault with a deadly weapon and gang allegation charges. Macias was booked into the Ventura County Jail and later released on bail. The male juvenile was lodged into Juvenile Hall where he remains in custody awaiting trial.

On January 12, 2018, Joe Higareda and Alexis Martinez were arrested in Simi Valley for assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancement charges. Both were booked into the Ventura County Jail where they remain in custody awaiting trial. Fabian Higareda was arrested in Simi Valley this same day for dissuading a witness and gang enhancement charges. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail and later released pending further investigation.

Joe Higareda

Jessica Macias











Fabian Higareda

Alexis Martinez














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