News Story


Pre-Trail Detention Facility, Ventura / Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura
5/22/2015 1:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Inmate Death

Report Number:



Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura / Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura


Date & Time:


5/22/15 / 1:00 am


Unit(s) Responsible:


Major Crimes Unit and Detention Services Legal Unit


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

City of Residence


Richard Chester Crawford




Major Crimes detectives and Jail personnel are investigating an inmate death that occurred at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.  There was no indication of violence or suspicious circumstances.


On May 21, 2015, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Crawford suffered a medical emergency at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  Deputies and jail medical staff responded immediately and rendered aid.   Crawford was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by ambulance.  He was pronounced dead on 5/22/15 at about 1:00 a.m. by hospital staff.   


The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit, pending an autopsy by the Medical Examiner. As a matter of policy and procedure, all inmate deaths are investigated by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit.




Prepared by:

Sergeant Dave Lareva


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Tony Aguirre (805) 384-4730


Approved by:

Commander Rick Barrios



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).