News Story


Deputies in El Rio Looking for Man with a Gun and Making Criminal Threats
9/28/2014 7:35:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Search in El Rio Area for Man with a Gun and Making Criminal Threats

Report Number:



1000 block of Will Ave. , El Rio Unincorporated Area

Date & Time:

September 27, 2014 @ 10:05 a.m.

Unit(s) Responsible

Sheriff's Administration

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Lopez, Ralph Angel

Oxnard (El Rio)



A subject reported to be armed with a handgun in an El Rio neighborhood who threatened to harm family members was not located after a search of the area and a residence.


A call was received at the Sheriff's Communication Center at about 10:05 a.m. reporting Ralph Lopez was last seen in front of a residence in the 1000 block of Will Ave.  Headquarters Station patrol deputies arrived on scene shortly after and searched the area.  A perimeter was set up and more resources were called in.


Sheriff's resources arrived in attempt to locate Lopez, who was believed to be at the residence.  Sheriff's SWAT, Tactical Negotiations Unit, Bomb Team, Major Crimes, and other investigators responded to the incident.  There were several road closures in the area during the incident.  At about 5:30 p.m., the road closures were lifted after the search was concluded.


After a thorough search of the area and residence, deputies did not locate Lopez.  An active criminal investigation is continuing in reference to the incident reported this morning.  Ralph Lopez is described as a Hispanic male, age 21, 6'1", 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  If you see suspect Ralph Lopez, dial 9-1-1.  See attached photo of Lopez.


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).

Prepared by:

Captain Don Aguilar


Media Release Date:

September 27, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349



Approved by:

Commander Monica McGrath