Standoff Shuts Down Oxnard Boulevard For Hours

Monday July 8, 2019

(Photo courtesy OPD)

   Updated--A standoff between Oxnard police and a wanted man with a machete in a parked vehicle shut down Oxnard Boulevard in both directions south of Five Points for several hours early Monday morning.

   The incident actually began shortly before 3 AM when officers were called to a family dispute in the 500 block of Sherwood Way.

   They say that the suspect, 52-year-old Francisco Camarena of Oxnard, had acosted his family members and had broken out windows at the house.

   When officers arrived, they say he got into a vehicle and sped off, hitting a parked car in the process.

   There was a pursuit through several city streets that was called off for safety reasons.

   But a short time later officers spotted Camarena in his vehicle parked in front of the Budget Garden in the 1500 block of South Oxnard Boulevard.

   Oxnard Boulevard was closed in both directions between Date Street and Commercial Avenue.

   Police say Camarena was armed with a machete and refused police commands to come out of the vehicle and surrender.

   That started a standoff that lasted some three hours as police brought in armored vehicles from not only their department but also Ventura PD and the Sheriff's Department.

   K-9's were also brought in along with the SWAT Team.

   They evacuated the Budget Garden and continued to try to get the man to come out of the vehicle but he continued to refuse.

   Then, shortly before 6:30 AM, officers deployed pepper balls, tear gas, and a K-9 as they went into the vehicle and dragged out Camarena and finally took him into custody.

   Oxnard Boulevard was reopened about an hour later.

   Police say Camarena was checked out at the hospital and then booked into the Ventura County Jail for vandalism, felony reckless evading, obtructing police, and several outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

   No injuries were reported.