News Story


Ojai - Police Arrest Suspect for Explosive Devices
1/30/2015 6:07:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Explosive Device Arrest

Report Number:



N. La Luna Avenue, Meiners Oaks Ca.

Date & Time:

1-27-15 @ 7:30 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Travis Ross




On 1-27-15 at approximately 7:30 p.m., deputies from the Ojai station along with Ventura County Fire Department personnel responded to the area of N. La Luna Avenue and Fairview Road.  Sheriff's dispatch had received numerous calls of loud explosions in the area.


Patrol deputies at the scene developed information that the explosions were possibly coming from a specific address on N. La Luna.  Patrol deputies were unable to locate the person who was responsible for the explosions or any evidence to confirm the explosions.  Ojai station detectives took over the investigation and identified Travis Ross as the suspect in this case.  Their investigation revealed that Ross has been building and detonating small bombs by filling plastic bags with a mixture of oxygen and propane.  Once the bags were filled and sealed, a lighter or match was used to light a slow burning fuse.


This past summer there were several similar incidents reported to the Ojai Police Department that went unsolved.  At this time, it is unknown if Ross was involved with those explosions.  On January 30, 2015, Ross was arrested and booked into the Main Jail for making and detonating an explosive device. Ross' bail has been set at $100,000.00.


Prepared by:

R. Harwood, Sergeant


News Release Date:

January 30, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Will Hollowell (805) 947-8083


Approved by:

Captain Reilly



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).