Suspect arrested in 2014 Oxnard Homicide

Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

After a three-year ongoing investigation, detectives with the Oxnard Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit made an arrest in a 2014 homicide case. Detectives arrested 21-year old Abraham Gonzalez, of Oxnard, and charged him in the shooting death of 24-year old Austin Martin. Gonzalez was 18-years old at the time of the shooting.

On February 23, 2014, at approximately 9:34 p.m., Oxnard police officers responded to a shooting victim at a residence in the 200 block of West Juniper Street. The police officers arrived on scene and located the victim, Austin Martin, suffering from a gunshot wound. Martin was transported by ambulance to the Ventura County Medical Center. Unfortunately, Martin died as a result of the shooting.

Major Crimes Detectives responded to the crime scene and led the investigation. The detectives were determined to identify the person or persons responsible for Martin’s death. Eventually, detectives obtained information that Abraham Gonzalez was involved in Martin’s murder. Detectives continued to investigate the case and obtained sufficient evidence in order to obtain an arrest warrant for Gonzalez.

On July 13, 2017, Major Crimes Detectives officially arrested Gonzalez for murder. Gonzales is currently incarcerated at Centinela State Prison for charges unrelated to the homicide investigation. Gonzalez will be brought back to Ventura County to face murder charges.

The arrest of Gonzales for the murder of Austin Martin was due to the hard work and dedication of Major Crimes Detectives and in direct partnership with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Detectives will continue to investigate the murder of Austin Martin, and additional arrests are probable. 

Anyone with information about the murder of Austin Martin, or any homicide investigation, is encouraged to contact Detective Ken Tougas at (805) 200-5669, or the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600. You can also provide valuable information and remain anonymous by calling the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site to submit at tip via text or email.

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