Oxnard: Gang members arrested for breaking parole–pre-school put on lockdown

purchase times; font-size: 16px;”>Officers from the Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit and Violent Crimes Unit conducted a probation search on documented gang member Jaime Duenes, remedy in the 3000 block of South “L” St.

During the search on Duenes officers contacted Justin Villa and Jesus Melendez. Villa and Melendez are also documented gang members and are on parole. 

Duenes was arrested for violation of his probation and Melendez was arrested for violation of his parole due to being contacted with other gang members. Villa already had an outstanding felony warrant for violation of parole.

A nearby pre-school was placed into a brief lock-down during this incident.

Duenes is currently in the Post Release Offender Program, created by Assembly Bill 109 – the 2011 Public Safety Realignment – which was effective October 1, 2011.  This program mandates that individuals sentenced to non-violent, non-serious (irrespective of priors) or non-sex offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison.  The public should be aware that release under AB 109 is based on the offender’s most recent committing offense. Prior convictions are not considered.

The Oxnard Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Oxnard Police Department at 385-7600, or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477 and http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx.

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Source: Oxnard PD

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