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Ventura County District Attorney and Sheriff Joint Press Conference January 18, 2023

In a joint news conference held on January 18, 2023, Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko and Sheriff Jim Fryhoff discuss the murder of Jose Velasquez and the 11 felony charges filed against Rotherie Foster for the crime.

Family Justice Center Restraining Order Workshop

The Ventura County Family Justice Center is holding a new restraining order workshop for those in need. Demand for this service has skyrocketed during the pandemic years. The workshops will be three days a week. Two days in English and one day in Spanish.

If you need help or information between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, call us at (805) 652-7655, text us at (805) 947-7981, or email

Centro de Justicia Familiar – Taller de órdenes de restricción contra la Violencia Doméstica

El Centro de Justicia Familiar del Condado de Ventura está organizando un nuevo taller sobre órdenes de restricción para los necesitados. La demanda de este servicio se ha disparado durante los años de la pandemia. Los talleres serán tres días a la semana. Dos días en Inglés y un día en Español.

Si necesita ayuda o información entre las 8:00 am y las 5:00 pm, de lunes a viernes, llámenos al (805) 652-7655, envíenos un mensaje de texto al (805) 947-7981 o envíe un correo electrónico a

Murder Charge Filed in Death of Simi Valley Resident Rachel Castillo

On November 15, 2022, District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced that Zarbab Ali (DOB 01/04/97), of Hawthorne, had been charged with the murder of Simi Valley resident Rachel Castillo. The murder charge was filed in the Ventura County Superior Court. Ali was also charged with a special allegation of lying in wait and personal use of a knife.

A press conference was held to announce the charges and provide an update on the investigation, which was led by the Simi Valley Police Department.

Ventura County United Against Hate 2022

United Against Hate Week is a call for seven days of local civic action by people in every community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities.

Acts of hate can range from being called derogatory names, a threat of violence, discrimination, racism, sexism, antisemitism, bigotry, and more. If you see an act of racial harassment, there is something you can do. Safely intervene as a bystander using the 5D’s: distract, delegate, delay, direct, and document.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, County of Ventura and other law enforcement partners stand united this week and every week.

United Against Hate Week ran from November 13-19, 2022. The photo gathering at the Ventura County Government Center was organized by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

California Prosecutor [CDAA] Interview with Benjamin Moreno
California Prosecutor [CDAA] interview with Susan Park
2021 Peace Officer’s Memorial

May is Peace Officer’s Memorial Month. We normally have a full in-person ceremony in Ventura to honor all of the peace officers in Ventura County who have been taken from us in the line of duty. This year, once again, we created this video as a “virtual memorial” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a moment to watch this video and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the people of Ventura County.

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.