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Two arrested in connection with December double shooting in Camarillo

Ventura County Star logo Ventura County Star 1/9/2021 Gretchen Wenner, Ventura County Star

Authorities have arrested two men in connection with a Camarillo shooting in late December that injured two.

The incident was reported at 5:37 p.m. on Dec. 27, a Sunday evening, near Lomita Street and Glenn Drive, about a block east of Arneill Road and just north of Daily Drive. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office, which is contracted to provide police services in Camarillo, investigated.

At the scene, deputies found two men with gunshot wounds. One had been shot several times while seated in his car, authorities said Friday when reporting the arrests. The other victim was shot as he tried to get out of the car to flee. The victims, age 23 and 38, are both Camarillo residents. They were both treated at a local hospital and have since been released.

Investigators with the sheriff's major crimes bureau worked on the case along with a special enforcement detail from the Camarillo Police Department. They identified two suspects in what authorities described Friday as a crime they believe was motivated by gang associations. Both suspects are Camarillo residents: Juan David Cervantes, 22, and Jose Adrian Rivera, 27.

Sheriff's investigators at a crime scene in Camarillo Sunday night, Dec. 27, 2020. Two people were reportedly shot near Lomita Street and Glenn Drive. © GRETCHEN WENNER/THE STAR Sheriff's investigators at a crime scene in Camarillo Sunday night, Dec. 27, 2020. Two people were reportedly shot near Lomita Street and Glenn Drive.

On Dec. 29, authorities served a search warrant at Rivera's home in the 100 block of Lemon Drive. Rivera was arrested for a violation of post-release supervision terms and booked into Ventura County jail as the investigation continued, officials said.

On Dec. 31, Cervantes was found on a bus bound for Tijuana, Mexico, according to the sheriff's account. He was apprehended with assistance from agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and officers from the California Highway Patrol's San Ysidro office in San Diego. Cervantes was arrested for a violation of parole terms and transported back to Ventura County jail.

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On Friday, both men were arrested for suspected crimes related to the Dec. 27 shooting.

Cervantes was arrested on suspicion of attempted premeditated murder, felony firearms and ammunition violations and a special enhancement of street terrorism. Bail for those items was set at $2 million, but online jail records show Cervantes was not eligible for release due to parole revocation in a separate case. As of Saturday he remained in the main jail. He is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court Monday afternoon in room 13.

Rivera was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a firearm, a felony accessory-after-the-fact violation and a special enhancement of street terrorism. He remained in the Todd Road Jail facility Saturday with bail set at $2 million. Rivera is slated for a court appearance Tuesday afternoon in room 13.

Separately on Friday, sheriff's authorities arrested two Camarillo men in connection with a fatal shooting in the city Thursday night that marked Ventura County's first homicide of the new year.

Gretchen Wenner covers breaking news for the Ventura County Star. Reach her at gretchen.wenner@vcstar.com or 805-437-0270.

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