Moorpark | Standoff with Suspect arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release

On the evening of April 22nd, at around 8:30 pm, patrol deputies from the Moorpark Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 14100 block of Maya Circle, in the City of Moorpark, for a call of an assault with a deadly weapon that just occurred. When they arrived at the residence, deputies learned that one of the residents in the home, identified as Ryan Rietkerk, had   assaulted his roommate with a large blunt object, causing a moderate to severe injury. Deputies also learned that Rietkerk threatened his elderly father with a knife. When deputies attempted to contact Rietkerk in the home, they learned that he had barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom and refused to come out. After attempts to negotiate with Rietkerk failed, Sheriff’s managers dispatched several detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Services Bureau who were trained in the use and deployment of special weapons and barricaded suspect techniques.

Upon their arrival, detectives continued their attempts to negotiate with Rietkerk in order to peacefully resolve the situation. However, when  negotiations  failed  for  the  second  time, detectives forced entry into the bedroom  in  order  to  arrest  Rietkerk.  When  detectives encountered Rietkerk in his bedroom, they gave him multiple verbal commands to comply and submit to arrest. When Rietkerk failed to comply with their commands, detectives utilized a less lethal weapon in order to  gain his compliance.  When the less lethal weapon failed to gain  Rietkerk’s compliance, detectives utilized a Sheriff’s K-9, which had the desired results, as the detectives were able to secure Rietkerk in handcuffs and  arrest him.   Rietkerk was transported  to    a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries from the K-9 and the less lethal weapon. Rietkerk’s roommate was also treated for his injury. Rietkerk was later  booked at the Ventura County Main Jail and charged with two counts of 245(a)(1) PC / Assault with deadly weapon, 148(a)(1) PC / Resist arrest, 368 (b)(1) PC / Elder abuse and 422 PC / Criminal threats.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible  for  this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is  not  recorded.  Call  Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


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