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Inmate Assault on a Deputy Sheriff / Charges Filed
3/3/2016 6:21:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Inmate Assault on a Deputy Sheriff / Charges Filed

Report Number:



Todd Road Jail, 600 Todd Road, Santa Paula

Date & Time:

February 22, 2016 @ 6:00 a.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Todd Road Jail Classification Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) Lopezwhite, Gage





On February 22, 2016, at about 6:00 a.m., A Ventura County Jail inmate, Gage Lopezwhite, assaulted a Ventura County Deputy Sheriff while in custody at the Todd Road Jail.  Lopezwhite (see attached booking photo) was subsequently arrested for two felonies: Penal Code section 69(a), resisting an officer in the performance of his duties, and section 243(c)(2) PC, battery on a peace officer.  The District Attorney's Office has filed the charges against Lopezwhite and he is scheduled to be arraigned in court on March 4, 2016.


On February 22, 2016, around 6:00 a.m., the deputy was distributing breakfast to inmates in a housing unit when Lopezwhite made threatening statements to the deputy.  Lopezwhite then aggressed towards the deputy and spit on him.  The deputy immediately tried to protect himself and attempted to handcuff Lopezwhite.  While the deputy was trying to restrain Lopezwhite, Lopezwhite bit the deputy on the left bicep.  Lopezwhite also punched the deputy on the face, causing minor injuries.  The deputy was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and released the same day. 


The Todd Road Jail Classification Unit handled the investigation and Lopezwhite was arrested for assault charges and supplementally booked, with bail set at $40,000.  Lopezwhite was originally arrested for an assault with a deadly weapon charge and has been in custody since December of last year. Since that time, he has obtained another assault with a deadly weapon charge against another inmate.


With recent changes in criminal justice sentencing, the number of inmates with violent tendencies has risen, giving rise to increases in assaults on inmates and staff.  Jail staff has worked diligently to minimize violent acts through the proper classification and housing of inmates, and by instituting various evidence-based programs to educate and rehabilitate the criminal mindsets of those inmates in custody that want to avail themselves of these opportunities.






Prepared by:

Sergeant Julie Novak


News Release Date:

March 3, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Julie Novak (805) 947-8104


Approved by:

Commander Ron Nelson