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Police Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect

The intended victim escaped unharmed.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Oscar Enrique Magdeleno, 19, of Moorpark for attempted murder and resisting arrest:

At about 10:00 p.m. on August 13, 2012, several suspects confronted a single adult victim in the 300 block of Sarah Avenue. At least one of the suspects shot at the victim, narrowly missing him. Several of the bullets entered a residence, placing several other people in jeopardy. Fortunately, the intended victim was able to escape and nobody was injured.

Early information led investigators to believe this was a gang related crime. This initiated an investigation involving the Moorpark Police Department and several specialized units within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 5:30 a.m. on August 16, 2012, the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, along with investigators from the Moorpark Police Department, East County Major Crimes Unit, West County Gang Unit and the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, served a search warrant in the 400 block of Sherman Avenue. In addition, personnel from these units conducted several searches of probationers at other locations in the Moorpark area.

This investigation led to the identification of Oscar Magdaleno as one of the suspects in this crime. At about 10:18 a.m. on August 16, 2012, sheriff’s deputies located Magdaleno near the 500 block of Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark. Magdaleno attempted to flee from deputies, but was captured a short time later.

Magdaleno was arrested for attempt murder and resisting arrest. He was booked into the East County Jail on $500,000.00 bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday, August 20, 2012.

This investigation is continuing. With that in mind, 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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