Suspect in fatal Oxnard home invasion case linked to Port Hueneme double shooting

The 1800 block of Arcadia Street in Oxnard. A suspect in a June home invasion case has been linked to a double shooting in Port Hueneme, police say.

Two suspects have been charged in a June home invasion in Oxnard that ended in the death of an alleged accomplice, according to the Oxnard Police Department.

One of the suspects was also arrested in connection with a double shooting two days later at a Port Hueneme park.

The Oxnard incident was reported the evening of June 27 in the 1800 block of Arcadia Street in the Cal Giesler neighborhood.

Three suspects, later identified as Antonio Molina, 37, Marco Antonio Juarez, 31, and Frankie Anthony Morales, 37, all of Oxnard, had attempted to commit a home invasion robbery at a residence, police said.

During the robbery, the homeowner, a 43-year-old Oxnard man, armed himself with a handgun and tried to defend himself from the suspected robbers, authorities said.

One suspect, Molina, allegedly assaulted the homeowner. The homeowner fired his gun at Molina, striking him in the torso. Authorities previously said the homeowner was stabbed multiple times during the incident, suffering non-life-threatening injuries but requiring hospitalization.

Another suspect, Juarez, was standing outside the residence. When he heard the gunshot, he “carelessly” fired a semiautomatic handgun inside the home, police allege. No one was hit by Juarez’s gunfire.

Molina took the homeowner’s gun and fled in a vehicle with Juarez and Morales, officials said. Molina was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center for treatment of the gunshot wound. He was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where he later died.

Firing at Port Hueneme

On June 29, two days after the Oxnard home invasion, a double shooting in Port Hueneme took place just after 4 p.m. at Bubbling Springs Park, 850 Bard Road.

A man and a woman in their 20s were both treated for serious gunshot wounds. Port Hueneme police officers searched the area but were unable to locate a suspect.

Later that night, Oxnard police officers with the special enforcement unit pulled over a car near J Street and Bard Road, near Bubbling Springs Park.

Police in Port Hueneme investigated a June 29 double shooting near Bubbling Springs Park that seriously injured a man and a woman in their 20s.  A suspect arrested Wednesday is also connected to a home invasion incident in Oxnard, police say.

Police in Port Hueneme investigated a June 29 double shooting near Bubbling Springs Park that seriously injured a man and a woman in their 20s. A suspect arrested Wednesday is also connected to a home invasion incident in Oxnard, police say.

Juarez, a passenger in the vehicle, had an unregistered semi-automatic weapon, a so-called “ghost gun,” according to police. He was arrested on suspicion of a firearms offense as well as an outstanding warrant.

Sgt. Edgar Fernandez of the Oxnard department’s major crimes unit said the police investigation linked the gun seized from Juarez to the Oxnard home invasion.

“The gun we recovered is the gun he used in Arcadia,” Fernandez said.

On Sept. 2, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Juarez for attempted murder, home invasion, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, shooting into an inhabited dwelling and additional firearms violations. It is set to be driven at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Ventura County Superior Court Room 13.

On Wednesday, Port Hueneme police arrested Juarez on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shooting at Bubbling Springs Park. As of noon Sunday, prosecutors had not yet filed charges in that case.

Juarez remained in the county jail Sunday on $1.43 million bail. He is currently ineligible for parole, according to online prison records.

Second arrest

Oxnard police later arrested Morales, the other surviving home invasion suspect, after an hours-long roadblock in July that required the use of tear gas and a police K-9 dog.

The incident began around 2:50 a.m. July 22 at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of South Oxnard Boulevard when officers attempted to serve a felony warrant. When police surrounded Morales’ apartment and ordered him out, he refused and went inside, authorities said.

A woman and a child were escorted from the unit and neighboring apartments were evacuated before police used tear gas. Nearly four hours later, Morales was arrested after a K-9 unit was deployed.

Morales was charged on suspicion of home robbery, resisting arrest, false report of a crime and street terrorizing. Prosecutors filed charges on September 2. His next trial is set for the same time as Juarez on Sept. 30.

Morales remained jailed Sunday on $950,000 bail, jail records showed, but is not eligible for parole.

Oxnard SWAT officers fired tear gas while responding to a barricaded subject on July 22.

Oxnard SWAT officers fired tear gas while responding to a barricaded subject on July 22.

No arrest of home owner

Fernandez, the police sergeant, said the homeowner has not been arrested in connection with Molina’s fatal shooting, as the incident could be classified as a justifiable homicide in self-defense.

The case has been submitted to the DA’s office for review.

“We have the district attorney’s office look into it as well to give us an independent perspective,” Fernandez said. “We want to see if it agrees with what we found in the research.”

The home invasion investigation remains ongoing, though no additional arrests are expected, Fernandez said.

If you have photos or video of any part of the incident, you can submit the evidence to investigators at: https://oxnardpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/1800arcadia.

Anyone with information about the Oxnard case is asked to call Detective Ken Tougas at 805-200-5669.

Anyone with information about the Port Hueneme shooting is asked to call Senior Detective Baltazar Tapia at 805-986-6619.

Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at 805-437-0208, jeremy.childs@vcstar.com and on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.

This article originally appeared in the Ventura County Star: Suspect in Oxnard fatality linked to Port Hueneme shooting

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