News Story


Oak Park Hate Crimes - Suspects Sought
2/15/2017 7:35:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Assistance Requested to Identify Hate Crime Suspects

Report Number:



Oak Park, California

Date & Time:

February 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

East County Investigations Bureau

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

City of Residence




15-20 yrs


On February 11, 2017, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office responded to several calls for service in response to notes containing handwritten anti-Semitic symbols, including swastikas and derogatory messages left at the homes of residents in Oak Park, which is located in the unincorporated area of Ventura County.   


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is aggressively investigating this case and has developed a task force, and is collaborating with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to identify the suspects involved. 


During the investigation, investigators learned unknown suspects placed the 4x6 notes on seven homes and the Chabad of Oak Park.  The four suspects were captured on video surveillance attaching the notes to the front door of a home and a vehicle.  With the exception of the Chabad of Oak Park, it appears the notes were randomly placed and did not specifically target Jewish residents.


Some of the suspects' actions were caught on video surveillance.  Based on the surveillance, investigators believe at least four male suspects are involved.  It appears the suspects are in their teens, and investigators suspect they are from the local area. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects in the attached video.  If you have any information on this crime or can identify the suspects, please contact Detective Marta Bugarin at (805) 371-8342 or at


A photo of one of the hate notes and a video of the suspects can be viewed by visiting the following link:





Prepared by:

Detective Tim Lohman (805) 947-8255


News Release Date:

February 15, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Tim Lohman (805) 947-8255


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).