Simi Police are looking for a person of interest, more local news

Here is a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies:

Deadly jump closes Highway 23 bridge

MOORPARK – Authorities closed Highway 23 northbound in Moorpark late Wednesday afternoon when a man threatened to jump off the bridge.

The man finally took a fatal leap about two hours later.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol reports. A man reportedly suspended his feet from the bridge when transitioning to Highway 118 eastbound.

Ventura County Sheriff’s officials closed the road shortly before 5 p.m. as authorities negotiated with the man. Some ramps have also been closed.

Shortly before 6 p.m., crews at the scene said the man had jumped, according to radio traffic. Sheriff Captain Cameron Henderson confirmed the man jumped.

It was first said that medical personnel were attending to him and he was being transported to Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Subsequent traffic revealed that he had died and ambulance transport had been cancelled.

Princeton Avenue, which runs under the bridge, was closed in both directions at Moorpark. After the man jumped, authorities planned to keep Princeton closed until the body was recovered, the CHP newspaper notes said.

According to the CHP log, Ventura County Fire Department officials had deployed a bag below deck before the man jumped.

The incident slowed traffic on the 23 northbound through Thousand Oaks to Conejo Creek North Park. Traffic continued to be delayed from 6:45 p.m.

Motorists were asked to detour around the closure by leaving 23 northbound at Madera Road to connect with 118, the CHP’s Moorpark office tweeted shortly before 5:45 p.m.

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This article will be updated.

Simi authorities are looking for a person of interest

SIMI VALLEY — Simi Valley Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they describe as a person of interest after a teenage girl told officers she was accosted on Tuesday afternoon.

Simi Valley authorities are trying to identify a person of interest seen in and around Harley's Valley Bowl on Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was returning home from Simi Valley High School around 2 p.m. As she was in the Harley’s Valley Bowl parking lot at 5255 E. Cochran St., about half a mile from the school, a man allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to pull her towards her. his vehicle, the teenager told Simi Valley Police Department officials.

The girl reportedly nudged the man and ran to campus to contact her mother, school staff and police. Officers checked the area but could not find the person.

Police released a surveillance image of a man and a vehicle, described as a champagne-colored Ford Explorer SUV from the early 2000s, on Tuesday evening.

An early 2000s Ford Explorer outside Harley's Valley Bowl in Simi Valley on Tuesday afternoon.  The police hope to speak to the driver.

On Wednesday, Cmdr. Ritchie Lew described the man as a person of interest, not a suspect. The surveillance image was from inside the bowling alley, he said. The man was described as Caucasian, in his mid to late 40s, with gray hair and about 5ft 10in tall with an average build. In the grainy photo, he appears to be wearing a T-shirt with The Eagles music group on the front.

The interaction was not videotaped, Lew said, and no witnesses had come forward Wednesday afternoon.

Police are hoping to find the man to speak to, Lew said. No identification had been made Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact agent Gene Colato at 805-864-4827 or [email protected]

Simi police identify officers in recent shooting

SIMI VALLEY – The Simi Valley Police Department has identified the two officers involved in a fatal shooting April 28.

The names of two Simi Valley police officers who fatally shot a man after he allegedly shot them on April 28, 2022 have been released by the department.

The officers, Senior Officer David Maupin and Officer Daniel Stradling, both shot a man who allegedly shot them as they attempted to make contact near First Street and East Los Angeles Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. this that evening. Los Angeles man Derrick Padilla, 29, had been wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department as a homicide suspect. He died at the scene.

Maupin has over 17 years of law enforcement experience and began his career as a deputy in the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in 2005. In 2016, he joined the Simi Police Force Valley. He is currently assigned to the patrol office as a field training officer, officials said in a statement late Wednesday.

Stradling has 10 years of experience and began his career as a deputy with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in 2012. He joined the Simi Department in 2015 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, officials said.

1 arrested after gunshots

OXNARD – A 34-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly fired shots in Oxnard on Tuesday evening.

Oxnard Police Department officers were on an unrelated call shortly after 5 p.m. when they heard shots fired from the north side of W. Lathrop Memorial Park near the 500 block of East Guava Street. The site is generally east of Saviers Road in the Cal Gisler area.

Officers reportedly saw a man running west through the park where the gunshots were heard, authorities said.

As officers ran towards the man, he threw a loaded .45 caliber handgun, police said. The suspect, a resident of Oxnard, was detained without incident.

During a search, officers reportedly found drugs and .45 caliber casings in the area. No victim has been located. The suspect, who is prohibited from owning firearms, was arrested on suspicion of firearms and narcotics offences.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Oxnard Police at 805-385-7600.

3 arrested after local thefts linked to regional incidents

Stolen catalytic converters recovered by authorities last month from suspected thieves who allegedly operated in the Simi Valley and Southern California.

SIMI VALLEY — A catalytic converter theft in Simi Valley led authorities to a suspected crew who operated in Southern California, officials said.

On March 23, Simi Valley Police officers responded to a robbery that resulted in a pursuit involving three vehicles. The chase was called off for security reasons.

In the weeks that followed, Simi Police worked with law enforcement in Palmdale, Oceanside, Burbank and the Los Angeles area after they linked the Simi incident to other thefts.

Multiple agencies conducted warrant searches in Los Angeles on April 28. They located stolen catalytic converters, replica firearms and other evidence.

Three men, all in their early 20s and from Los Angeles, have been arrested on suspicion of grand larceny, conspiracy, escape and other crimes.

Cytlalli Salgado is a breaking news reporter for the Ventura County Star. She can be reached by calling 805-437-0257 or emailing [email protected].

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