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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday September 22nd, 2022 :: 02:24 p.m. PDT


Graffiti Investigation Leads to Recovery of Multiple Firearms & Narcotics

Nature of Incident: Graffiti Investigation Leads to Recovery of Multiple Firearms & Narcotics
Report Number: 22-126162
Location: 11000 block of Violeta Street, Ventura
Date & Time: 9/20/2022 @ 3:10 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Headquarters Patrol and Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Apodaca, Carlos
(S) Munoz, Alexis
(S) Tejada, Alissa  
Ventura County
On September 20, 2022, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Patrol deputies arrested Carlos Apodaca, Alexis Munoz, and Alissa Tejada for various charges, including felony evading, felony firearm violations, street terrorism, and conspiracy to commit a crime during a graffiti vandalism investigation in the unincorporated area of Ventura known as Saticoy. Additionally, Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and recovered a stolen firearm and narcotics possessed for the purpose of sales.  
Due to an increase of graffiti vandalisms in the Saticoy area, Headquarters Patrol deputies increased uniformed patrol in the area.  
On September 20, 2022, at approximately 0310 hours, patrol deputies located fresh spray paint graffiti in the 11000 block of Violeta Street in Saticoy. Deputies attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle that was parked in the area of the vandalism. The vehicle failed to immediately yield to the traffic stop.  As the vehicle eventually came to a stop, deputies observed a handgun had been thrown from the vehicle by one of the passengers.  Deputies conducted a high-risk stop and safely detained the vehicle occupants, who were identified as Carlos Apodaca, Alexis Munoz, and Alissa Tejada. 
Apodaca is currently on CDC parole for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Munoz is currently on local juvenile probation for firearm violations. Tejada was the driver of the vehicle and her driver’s license is currently suspended.
Patrol deputies conducted a field investigation and determined the handgun’s serial number was obliterated. Deputies also located graffiti vandalism evidence and tools, which were consistent with the fresh spray paint graffiti in the area. The three suspects were arrested and booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for various charges related to the incident. 
Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives responded to the scene and assisted with the follow-up investigation, including conducting parole and probation searches. During a search of Apodaca’s residence in the City of Ventura and a vehicle associated to him, detectives located a stolen semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with live ammunition, approximately 7 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, over a pound of marijuana, and narcotics sales indicia. The investigation into the contraband recovered at Apodaca’s residence is on-going and additional charges are pending.                 
The Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase of illegal firearm activities and graffiti vandalisms in Ventura County. If you have any information about gang crimes, unlawful firearm activities, or graffiti vandalisms in the West County areas in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, including Fillmore, Saticoy, El Rio, and Ojai, please contact Detective Sergeant Beau Rodriguez at 805-767-0360.    
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.
Prepared by: Sergeant Beau Rodriguez  
News Release Date: 9/22/2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Rafael Abreu
[email protected]
Approved by:
Captain Denise Sliva  
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Ventura, CA 93003

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