Assault Suspect Arrested In The Santa Clara River

Sunday July 14, 2019

     The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they arrested a man for allegedly assaulting several people living in an illegal homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River near Ventura.

    It happened around 5:30 PM Saturday in the river bottom near Johnson Drive and the Ventura Auto Center.

    Emergency personnel found one victim, a man in his 40's, with a significant head injury that was caused by being struck with a pipe.

    Further investigation found other victims who had allegedly been assaulted by the same person.

    Deputies say they ultimately arrested 37-year-old Eliseo Castro on multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.