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The Thousand Oaks Police Department is committed to keeping the City of Thousand Oaks a great place to live and work. The following arrest is an example of our commitment to the community to keep it safe and free from fear of intimidation by these thugs who live within our community. The Thousand Oaks Police Department takes a zero tolerance stand against gangs or their activity in this city.
On April 19, 2013, at approximately 2:40 P.M., a male victim was parked and waiting to pick up his younger brother from Thousand Oaks High School. The victim saw his brother walking east on Avenida De Las Flores and crossing Moorpark Road. A male juvenile, 14 years old, approached the victim’s younger brother and challenged him to a fight. The victim’s brother refused to fight. S-Felipe, brother of the male juvenile, arrived and joined the conversation. The victim exited his vehicle and went to his brother’s aide. S-Felipe threw a punch at the victim; the victim then punched S-Felipe in the face. The male juvenile then pulled a switchblade type knife from his pants pocket, and chased the victim with the knife in his hand. The victim and his brother were able to make their way back to their vehicle and leave the area. The victim did not sustain any injuries.
On April 30, 2013, at approximately 3:00 P.M., a male juvenile victim and a female friend walked from Thousand Oaks High School to Acorn Acres Park. While sitting on a park bench, the victim was approached by four subjects; two male juveniles, S-Felipe and S-Alvarez. S-Alvarez and S-Felipe claimed their gang and told the victim to fight one of the juveniles one on one. The victim refused to fight. One of the male juveniles approached the victim, claimed his gang, and then punched the victim in the face. S-Felipe and another male juvenile joined in and began punching the victim in the head and upper torso. After several minutes S-Alvarez ordered the beating to be stopped. The suspects stopped the beating, however, one of the male juvenile delivered one last kick to the victim’s rib cage.
The victim and his female friend walked back to Thousand Oaks High School to seek help. The victim did not seek medical attention.
On May 29, 2013, in the early morning hours, 20 law enforcement personnel from the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, Detectives Bureau, and the Bike Patrol Unit executed search warrants at four residences in the City of Thousand Oaks.
As a result of the investigation, 4 suspects were arrested for the attack at Acorn Acres Park and 1 male juvenile was arrested for the Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the street.
The above suspects were arrested for a variety of charges that include; Gang conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a criminal street gang, willful harm or injury to a child, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor
The adult males were booked into the East County Jail, and the juveniles were lodged into the Juvenile Justice Facility.
Suspects: Alvarez, Alain, Thousand Oaks, 19, Felipe, Jose, 18, Juveniles (Male), Thousand Oaks, 14, 16, 17