DATE: May 21, 7:30 P.M.
SUBJECT: Gang Members / Prohibited Person Arrested for Firearms, Weapons and Narcotics
LOCATION: “N” Street and Elm Street, Oxnard, CA
CONTACT: Martin Cook, Sergeant
(805) 385-7600 | firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 21, at 7:30 p.m., Officers from the Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit (gang unit) conducted a traffic stop of a gold Nissan Murano for a vehicle code violation at the intersection of “N” Street and Elm Street. The Driver, Joseph Hidalgo (25yrs), and passengers, Federico Zapien (28yrs), Gabriel Garcia (25yrs) and Rafael Saucedo (25yrs) were contacted in the vehicle. Hidalgo and Zapien are known criminal street gang members in the City of Oxnard. Zapien is on Post Release Supervision, and Hidalgo is on Probation in the County of Ventura. Hidalgo and Zapien are also prohibited persons from possession of firearms or ammunition due to prior convictions.
During a search of the vehicle, Zapien was found in possession of a loaded AMT 9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun and methamphetamine. The firearm was not registered to Zapien. A subsequent probation search at Zapien’s residence, in the City of Oxnard, was conducted. During the search, additional 9 millimeter ammunition was located. Zapien was arrested for various firearms and narcotics related charges.
Saucedo was found in possession of a Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter semi-auto handgun concealed on his person. Saucedo was arrested for firearms related charges.
Garcia was found in possession of a “Cold Steel” Escrima Fighting melee weapon and arrested for weapons charges.
Hidalgo was arrested for the driver of a motor vehicle knowingly allow passengers to possess firearms in a vehicle.
Zapien 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’s Special Enforcement Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: May 21, 2020 / 2300 hours