OXNARD (CBSLA) — Oxnard Police have announced the arrest of a 17-year-old they say fatally shot a man at the Hilton Homewood Suites early Sunday morning.
Guests staying at the hotel awoke to crime scene tape covering much of the back parking lot and police officers stationed in the hallways.
“I looked down the hall and there was a police officer there, I asked her what happened she wouldn’t tell me,” says guest Jeremy Brown.
CBS2’s Joy Benedict says it didn’t take many people very long to figure out something was wrong — there were police cars out front and crime scene investigations going in and out.
“I didn’t hear anything, I just know that something happened.” said guest Joshua Cooper.
Police said the 17-year-old Latino fatally shot 29-year-old Donald Reyes Jr. of Newbury Park.
Oxnard police got a call around 3:30 Sunday morning about a shooting. Paramedics were unable to revive Reyes. Detectives interviewed witnesses and went over surveillance video. They said Reyes and the suspect were involved in an argument when the suspect shot him.
“Pretty scary that it happened and we didn’t even hear about it,” said hotel guest Crystal Tavizon.
Guests said the shooting happened inside a room on the first floor at the back of the hotel (1950 Solar Drive) — however many of them didn’t even realize something terrible had happened.
“It was shocking when I woke up this morning,” said Cooper.
As alarming and upsetting at the scene was for many hotel guests, many said not much surprises them any more and their first thought wasn’t the reaction of other guests, but rather for the Reyes family.
“It is very sad. sad for the family,” said Cooper.
The juvenile suspect was arrested without incident around 2 p.m., officials said. He was arrested on a murder charge and transferred to Ventura County Juvenile Hall.
Detectives are asking anyone who might have witnessed the incident to contact Detective Ken Tougas (805) 200-5669. You can also 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 Ventura County Crime Stoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.
Detectives are also asking that anyone who video recorded or photographed all or part of the incident to upload your media directly to detectives via the following link: https://oxnardpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/1950solardr