News Story

 

Guns, Drugs, and a False Report Lead to Arrest of Suspect
1/5/2018 8:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Unlawful firearm activity, narcotics activity, false police report

Report Number:

2017-199589

Location:

Briggs Road north of Santa Paula Street

Date & Time:

12/30/2017 8:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Gang Unit, Fillmore Patrol, and California Highway Patrol

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

City of Residence

Age

(S) Eric Escamilla

Ventura

37

Narrative:

Deputies from West County Patrol, Fillmore Station, responded to a report of shots fired from a moving vehicle in the area of Briggs Road, north of Santa Paula Street. Deputies checked the area and found no evidence of a weapon being fired. While checking the area, deputies made contact with officers from the California Highway Patrol who were investigating an overturned Dodge Ram in the same area. The officers advised that a large amount of narcotics, a loaded pistol magazine, and spent .40 caliber shell casings were found inside the vehicle.

On 12/31/2017, Eric Escamilla attempted to report the Dodge Ram as a stolen vehicle to the Ventura Police Department. Escamilla was unable to provide sufficient information that the vehicle was stolen. Detectives from the Sheriff's Gang Unit conducted a follow-up investigation at Escamilla's residence. During an interview with detectives, Escamilla admitted to driving the Dodge Ram while intoxicated and fleeing the scene after he was involved in a single vehicle traffic accident. Escamilla also admitted ownership to the narcotics, loaded pistol magazine, and spent .40 caliber shell casings found in his vehicle.

Prepared by:

Detective John Lemar

News Release Date:

January 5, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Jeffery Jacobs

805 947-8689