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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday September 14th, 2018 :: 07:16 p.m. PDT


News Story - Fillmore Assault Suspect Arrested

Nature of Incident: Transient Arrested for Assault on Transient
Report Number: 18-143214
Location: A Street at Santa Clara Street
Date & Time: 9-12-18 / 8:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol and Detectives, Major Crimes Unit, ARTIC
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Male victim
(S) Jose Manuel Rojas
Santa Paula
On 9-13-18, a male transient from Santa Paula was arrested for assaulting a Fillmore transient in Fillmore during the evening of 9-11-18.
On 9-12-18 at approximately 8:00 AM, deputies from the Fillmore Police and Sheriff’s station responded to a call of a male covered in blood and with injuries to his face staggering on the sidewalk on A Street near Santa Clara Street.  Deputies responded along with the Fillmore Fire Department and found a 49-year old male transient suffering from significant facial injuries that appeared to be the result of an assault.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for treatment of facial fractures and wounds to his neck.
Deputies and detectives from the Fillmore Police and Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit responded and began investigating.  With assistance from the Sheriff’s Advanced Real Time Information Center (ARTIC), Jose Manual Rojas, a transient from the Santa Paula area, was identified as a suspect.  Deputies spent the next twenty-four hours searching homeless encampments in and around the Santa Paula area before locating Rojas in a tent near Mill Park.  Evidence from the assault was located in Rojas’ tent.  Rojas was arrested without incident, and he was booked at the Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious bodily injury.  His bail was set at $500,000 and he remains in custody.  The motive for the assault is still under investigation. 
Anyone who might have information on the assault are encouraged to call Detective Bill Meixner.
Prepared by: Sergeant Kevin Vaden  
News Release Date: 9-14-18  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Bill Meixner 805-947-9391  
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen  
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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Ventura, CA 93009

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