Press Release

 

Ojai Deputies Arrest Hate Crime Suspects
7/3/2011 7:39:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident: Criminal Threats ' Hate Crime Arrests

Location: Woodland Avenue and Silverspur Street, Ojai, CA

Date & Time/ RB#: June 30, 2011 @ 6:10 p.m. / RB# 11-14817

Unit Responsible: Ojai Valley Patrol Deputies and Detectives

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnessesCity of ResidenceAge

(V) Juvenile MaleMira Monte17

(V) Juvenile MaleMira Monte17

(S) Daniel Dockery Meiners Oaks22

(S) Shauna CrinerMeiners Oaks19

Narrative:

Two male juvenile victims were criminally threatened while standing near the intersection of Woodland Avenue and Silverspur Street in the Mira Monte area of the Ojai Valley. The crime was hate-motivated and was identified as a hate crime.

Daniel Dockery and Shauna Criner drove up in a vehicle to confront these teenagers. One of the victims is of Hispanic decent. Dockery identified himself as a 'Skinhead' and that he hated 'Mexicans.' Dockery continued to shout sexual and racial slurs at the victims. Dockery continued to question the victims to determine if they were part of the local Hispanic criminal street gang known as 'OSL', which they are not members. Dockery got out of the car then slapped one of the victims in the face. Dockery claimed to have a handgun in his possession then threatened to shoot the victims in the head if they were still at that location when he returned. Criner escalated the threats urging Dockery to steal their wallets and bicycles. Dockery and Criner drove away then returned within a few minutes. Dockery drove his car towards one of the victims narrowly missing him as an additional final act of intimidation before fleeing the scene.

The victims were in fear for their life and immediately reported the attack to a parent. Patrol deputies assigned to the Ojai Valley Station responded and met with the victims. The deputies quickly determined the criminal threats were hate-motivated and started a search of the area. Within the hour, deputies found that the suspects had returned to the nearby Circle K store in their vehicle. Dockery and Criner were arrested for the criminal threats. Xanax and Klonopin prescription drugs were found in the suspects' car that were not prescribed to either party during the vehicle search incident to arrest.

Detective Steve Michalec immediately responded and continued the investigation due to its serious nature. Based on the initial patrol investigation and detective follow-up, this hate-based crime appears to be an isolated crime of opportunity where the suspects and victims did not know each other prior to this incident.

Dockery was booked into the County Jail for Penal Code section 422 ' Criminal Threats; Penal Code section 422.7 ' Hate Crime Enhancement; Penal Code section 242 ' Battery; and Health and Safety Code section 11375(b)(2) ' Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Criner was booked into the County Jail for Penal Code section 422 ' Criminal Threats and Health and Safety Code section 11375(b)(2) ' Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Randy Watkins

Follow-up Contact: Detective Steve Michalec (805) 646-1414

Date of Release: July 1, 2011

Approved By: Captain Don Aguilar

Address/Location
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
800 N Victoria Ave
San Buenaventura, CA 93003

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511