News Story


Five Arrested at Motorcycle Gang Toy Run
12/24/2016 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Five arrested at Motorcycle Gang Toy Run

Report Number:

16-188123/ 16-188078


City of Ventura

Date & Time:

December 18, 2016

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Gang Unit, Ventura Police Department Special Enforcement Team

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

City of Residence


Benjamin Gamanche


Steven Wolcott


Joshua Nichols


Daniel Zahigian


Rudolph Neidhardt





Simi Valley




Simi Valley



















The Ventura Police Department received information that an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang had planned a toy drive event at a local establishment in the City of Ventura on Sunday, December 18th.    The event was advertised to motorcycle gangs throughout Southern California and there was information that alcohol would be served at the event.  Events like these are held every year throughout the country and historically tend to have illegal street racing, alcohol fueled violence, and shootings. 


In an effort to prevent any illegal or violent activities, members of the Ventura Police Department and Ventura Sheriff's Office combined efforts to conduct high profile directed enforcement in the area.  During the day, five arrests were made for weapons or drug related charges and three handguns were seized.  Also, 16 citations were issued for traffic related violations.  The high visibility of patrols prevented any violence or street racing in the area.



The Ventura Sheriff's Office is supportive of any charity events and toy drives that help the underprivileged members of the community; however the combination of alcohol, drugs, and guns with these events is a recipe for disaster. 


The investigation into the recovered weapons and drugs is ongoing.  Anyone with gang information is encouraged to contact the Ventura Sheriff's Gang Unit detectives.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Brian Slominski


News Release Date:

December 24, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Doug Gojkovich




Approved by:

Captain Todd Inglis



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).