News Story


Thousand Oaks - Five Arrested for Gang-Related Assault
1/18/2018 12:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Five Arrested for Involvement in Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case

Report Number:

RB# 17-192029


Avenida Del Platino and Calle Diamonte in Newbury Park

Date & Time:

December 15, 2017 / 5:40 PM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement and Major Crimes Units

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Joe Higareda   Simi Valley   21

(S) Fabian Higareda   Simi Valley  20

(S) Alexis Martinez    Thousand Oaks   28

(S) Jessica Macias    Newbury Park   21

(S) Juvenile Male    Thousand Oaks    17

(V) Juvenile Male    Newbury Park   17

(V) Adult Male    Newbury Park   18

(V) Adult Male    Newbury Park   24


Five people have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a gang-related assault that

sent two victims to the hospital.

On the evening of December 15, 2017, there was a small gathering of people in the area of

Avenida Del Platino and Calle Diamonte in Newbury Park. The gathering was described as an

informal memorial service for David Smith who was shot and killed in the same area on

November 30, 2017. An argument began during the gathering and several suspected gang

members assaulted three non-gang members. One victim was attending the gathering and the

other two came to the aid of the first victim. During the assault one victim was cut with a sharp

object, another suffered a serious injury to his mouth and the third was badly beaten. The

victims with the cut wound and mouth injury were both transported to the Los Robles Hospital

where they were treated for their injuries and released. The subsequent investigation led to the

identification of four suspects who were involved in the assault and one suspect who made

statements during the incident intended to intimidate the victims and prevent them from

cooperating with the police.

On January 4, 2018, Jessica Macias and a male juvenile were arrested in Newbury Park for

assault with a deadly weapon and gang allegation charges. Macias was booked into the

Ventura County Jail and later released on bail. The male juvenile was lodged into Juvenile Hall

where he remains in custody awaiting trial.

On January 12, 2018, Joe Higareda and Alexis Martinez were arrested in Simi Valley for assault

with a deadly weapon and gang enhancement charges. Both were booked into the Ventura

County Jail where they remain in custody awaiting trial. Fabian Higareda was arrested in Simi

Valley this same day for dissuading a witness and gang enhancement charges. He was booked

into the Ventura County Jail and later released pending further investigation.

Prepared by:

Sgt. John Wright

Media Release Date:

January 18, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:


Sr. Deputy Gabriel Gonzales

Approved by:

Captain Bill Schierman