News Story


Threat to Courthouse
12/8/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Threat to courthouse

Report Number:



Juvenile Justice Center Courthouse, 4353 E. Vineyard Ave, Oxnard

Date & Time:

12/7/2016 @ 9:25 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Court Services Bureau and Sheriff's Gang Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) Joshua Gibson

Oxnard, CA



On 12/7/2016, (S) Joshua Gibson made verbal threats to blow up the Juvenile Justice Center Courthouse and to shoot an officer. Gibson was upset after being found guilty of a traffic violation.  Court staff immediately reported the threats to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.  The courthouse was immediately searched for possible explosive devices.  None were found. 


Investigators with the Sheriff's Gang Unit (SGU) quickly located Gibson and arrested him without incident.  No firearms or explosive items were located during Gibson's arrest and subsequent search.


Gibson was arrested and was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for PC 422 / Criminal Threats.  His bail is set at $200,000.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office Court Services Bureau is committed to providing a safe and secure atmosphere conducive to the peaceful, efficient administration of justice.  All threats against the court and judicial officers are taken seriously and aggressively investigated.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Tim Lanquist


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Denise Sliva

(805) 947-9258



Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann



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).