On Aug. 13, 2018, at approximately 10:22 p.m., Oxnard Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding a shooting victim in the 5300 block of South J Street. When officers arrived, they located Mr. Juan Cerda who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his head.
Mr. Cerda was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center where he underwent surgery. At the time, he was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.
On Aug. 24, 2018, Mr. Cerda passed away from complications due to the injuries he sustained on August 13th, despite the lifesaving efforts of the medical staff. His body was transferred to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. Mr. Cerda’s death is now under investigation as a homicide.
Cerda is the 12th homicide of the year in the City of Oxnard.
Detectives are requesting anyone who might have witnessed the incident to contact Detective Robert Valenzuela 805-385-7645. You can also provide valuable information and remain anonymous by calling the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. You can also visit www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.
The City of Oxnard offers a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individuals responsible for committing homicides within the City.
Detectives are also encouraging anyone who videoed or photographed all or part of the incident to upload your media directly to investigators via the following link: oxnardpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/5300sjstreet.
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