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District Attorney Nasarenko’s Statement Regarding the Armenian Rememberance Day

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko’s statement regarding Armenian Remembrance Day.

District Attorney Nasarenko’s Statement Regarding the Guilty Verdicts in the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Statement of District Attorney Erik Nasarenko – April 20, 2021 – regarding the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

DA Nasarenko takes a stand against violence aimed at Asian American Pacific Islander Communities

District Attorney Erik Nasarenko speaks about Tuesday night’s deadly shootings of eight people, including six Asian American women, was horrific. As prosecutors and human beings, our calling has always been to take a stand against hatred, misogyny, bigotry and violence. In memory of the victims and in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander communities.

Notable Cases

2013 People v. Kenneth Powell, Katie Rose, and Paul Lascola
Three convicted and sentenced in real estate investment fraud scheme The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office successfully prosecuted one of the largest real estate investment fraud schemes uncovered in the county involving victim losses exceeding $3 million.
2012 People v. Calvin Sharp
Judge finds killer who used meat cleaver sane and sentences him to multiple life terms In August 2007, Calvin Sharp chased down, attacked, and brutally killed a 6-year-old boy, Sev’n Molina, with a meat cleaver. When Sev’n’s mother, Sandra Ruiz, tried to stop the attack, Sharp attacked her as well, causing major life-long injuries. A neighbor, ...
2011 People v. Ricardo Villa
1993 murder case solved with aid of DNA—killer receives death penalty Victim Beatrice Bellis, age 87, was deaf and functionally mute. She lived at the Mar Vista apartment complex, an elder care facility located in Port Hueneme, California. In June 1993, an unknown assailant slipped into her unlocked apartment, stabbed her repeatedly with a large kitchen ...

News Releases

May 7, 2021
District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that a final judgment and permanent injunction was entered against Alliance Chemical & Environmental, Inc. (Alliance), and its CEO and responsible corporate officer, Mark Edward Hyman.
April 28, 2021
On April 27, 2021, District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced, to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, the expansion of the Ventura County Family Justice Center’s (FJC) services to help victims of hate crime.
April 28, 2021
District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Laura Leonard (DOB 05/01/75), of Simi Valley, was sentenced to serve 3 years 8 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution following her embezzlement convictions in two cases.
April 27, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Luis Aceves (DOB 03/23/56), of Camarillo, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and personal use of a knife for the April 6, 2017, killing of his brother Gilbert Aceves, also of Camarillo.
April 23, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Samuel Matthew Rocha (DOB 01/25/93), of Port Hueneme, was charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder, which occurred during the evening of April 19, 2021, in Port Hueneme. The complaint charged five special allegations that Rocha personally used his vehicle ...
Friday, April 23, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Edward Ayans (DOB 3/26/72), of Thousand Oaks, was charged with committing the crimes of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, and elder abuse under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death.

Public Reports

February 12, 2021
Report on the July 5, 2019, shooting of Joshua Ortiz by California Highway Patrol Officer Timothy Putzel.
December 17, 2020
Report on the November 7, 2018, Use of Deadly Force by California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Barrett and Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ronald Helus at the Borderline Bar & Grill Mass Shooting Incident.
October 2, 2020
Report on the October 10, 2018, shooting of Michael Johnson by Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russell King and Deputy Justyn Czyrklis.

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