CSUCI student charged with rape
Jonathan Henry-Walker, 23, a junior at California State University, Channel Islands, was arrested at his San Bernardino County home on Thursday, March 9, on suspicion of raping a fellow CSUCI student. Henry-Walker was booked into county jail, with bail set at $100,000.
Three women accused Henry-Walker of rape, though evidence supported only one charge according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Erik Nasarenko. Henry-Walker lived in a dorm on campus but had been on interim suspension since the alleged rapes were reported, and could face being expelled from the university after CSUCI’s own investigation.
Two of the alleged rapes occurred in September 2016, the third in October. All three incidents were reported to the school in November. The arrest warrant issued by the University Police alleges that Henry-Walker gave an 18-year-old victim alcohol and then perpetrated the assault while the victim was unconscious in his dorm room.
If convicted, Henry-Walker faces a maximum of eight years in state prison and would be required to register as a sex offender. On Friday, March 10, Henry-Walker’s arraignment was continued until Friday, March 24, after posting bail.
Pair arrested in connection with heroin overdose death
On Dec. 29, 2016, the Ojai Police Department responded to a home in Meiners Oaks after a report of a 23-year-old man suffering from a heroin overdose. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Bureau, Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit responded to the scene and found that the man had passed away.
After an investigation and multiple search warrants, deputies arrested Clinton Erickson and Gregory Ledbetter, who allegedly supplied the victim with heroin. Ledbetter was arrested for furnishing heroin to Clinton Erickson and charged with involuntary manslaughter on March 3, 2017; on March 7, Erickson was arrested and also charged with furnishing heroin to the victim and involuntary manslaughter.
Future court dates for the suspects are pending as the investigation is ongoing.
Park row leads to discovery of concealed firearm
On March 4, in the early hours of the evening, Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call regarding two men engaged in fisticuffs at Barranca Vista Park at 7050 Ralston St. in Ventura.
Responding officers found two men, one of whom was later identified as Temecula resident Gabriel Luna. Police physically restrained both men and discovered Luna in possession of a gun, which fell to the ground through Luna’s pant leg.
Officers later learned that Luna had made threats against his foe, promising to harm him using his gun. The gun, however, had not been displayed during the match.
Luna was arrested and later booked into the Ventura County Jail for possession of a loaded and concealed firearm with a high-capacity magazine and for making threats. No one was injured during the altercation.