News Story


Wanted Felon Arrested
6/22/2017 3:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Wanted Felon- Gang Member arrest

Report Number:

17-91076/ 17-91290


1600 block of Tapir Circle, City of Ventura

Date & Time:

6/22/2017 @ 0820

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff Warrant Detail

Ventura County Sheriff Headquarters Patrol Station

Sheriff's Gang Unit


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

City of Residence


Stratmann, David (A)

Valadez, Mersedez (A)







At about 0820 hours on 6/22/2017, the Sheriff's Warrant Detail was investigating a wanted subject in the 1600 block of Tapir Circle in the City of Ventura.  As the deputies drove up the street, they spotted the suspect who immediately fled from them.  The Sheriff's Deputies gave chase, but lost sight of the suspect near the rear of his residence.  The wanted subject, David Stratmann, is a known gang member, on state parole for felony charges, and was actively wanted for arrest. 


The deputies from the warrant detail were immediately assisted by patrol deputies from the Headquarters Patrol Station.  A search was conducted. It was determined that David Stratmann most likely made it back to his home and was hiding inside. 


Detectives from the Sheriff's Gang Unit responded and authored a search warrant for the suspect's residence.  Prior to entry, David Stratmann surrendered from inside the residence and was taken into custody without incident.  He was hiding in the residence for nearly 2 hours.  The wanted subject's girlfriend, Mersedez Valadez, was inside the residence with him and arrested for harboring a fugitive.


Sheriff's Gang Unit Detectives searched the residence and located a stolen .25 caliber handgun in David Stratmann's bedroom along with ammunition, other prohibited weapons, and drug paraphernalia. 


Both David Stratmann and Mersedez Valadez were booked into Ventura County Jail.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Warrant detail work tirelessly to locate and arrest people who have warrants issued for their arrest and who are fleeing the justice system. Any community member who has information about wanted subjects or gang activity should notify their local law enforcement agency or report the information to Crime Stoppers.


Anyone who believes they have a warrant for their arrest can surrender themselves to any law enforcement agency, report to court and have their case calendared, or contact the assigned attorney for the case.  This process can allow wanted subjects the opportunity to safely surrender and avoid family members or friends from being arrested for harboring a fugitive.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Brian Slominski, Sheriff's Gang Unit


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Jeff Jacobs



Approved by:

Captain Todd Inglis