Retired Oxnard PD officer thwarts robbery at Fry’s Electronics

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

On July 13, 2017 at approximately 4:15 p.m., a Frye’s Electronics employee confronted two subjects whom he suspected of stealing merchandise from the store.  During the parking lot confrontation, the employee asked the two subjects to come back inside the store at which time one of the subjects brandished what appeared to be a handgun at the employee.  The two subjects were later identified as 23 year-old Oxnard resident, Nathan Saffa and 24 year-old Oxnard resident, Primitivo Pina.

The employee yelled for assistance and an armed retired Oxnard Police Officer heard the call for help.  When suspects Saffa and Pina saw that the retired officer was armed with a real firearm, they split up and fled the parking lot.  Responding officers were able to locate the fleeing suspect Saffa while the employee and witness pursued suspect Pina.

Officers followed Saffa as he tried to evade officers on his bicycle.  He was eventually apprehended near the intersection of Williams Drive and Socorro Way.  Saffa was positively identified and arrested for the robbery.

Suspect Pina was chased and detained by the retired officer and store employee until officers arrived to assist at Auto Center Drive and Rice Avenue.  Pina was positively identified and arrested for the robbery.  Neither Pina nor Saffa have previous robbery arrests, but both have had numerous larceny and drug-related arrests in the past.  The gun used by the suspects was recovered and found to be a BB air pistol.

Since January, Oxnard has been averaging approximately 300 larceny cases a month with many of these cases going unsolved.  The most common cases are shoplifts and thefts from vehicles.  The Oxnard Police Department encourages all residents to lock, take, or keep all valuables in a safe place to prevent the temptation of thefts.

Retired Oxnard Officer in Foreground

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Photo Credits: Oxnard Police Department

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