L.A. County Deputy charged with rape in Ventura
An officer given the responsibility to investigate sex crimes has himself been charged with a sex crime.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been charged with forcible rape against a minor in between October and December of 2017 in Ventura County.
Deputy Neil Kimball, 45, is accused of forcible rape, preventing or dissuading a witness from testifying, and is alleged to have bound or tied the victim, who was between the ages of 14 and 15 years old at the time of the crime.
The charges come as the result of an investigation by the L.A. County Sherriff’s Department Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau, according to Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten’s office.
Kimball was arrested on Friday, Nov. 16, and is currently being held on $2 million bail. Kimball was arraigned at the Ventura County Superior Court on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The District Attorney’s office is urging anyone who may have been assaulted to contact either the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Will Morris at 562-392-7079 or Ventura County District Attorney Supervising Investigator Tom Mendez at 805-477-1690.
Northridge man accused of stealing women’s underwear from fire evacuee
Nothing is safe from looters taking advantage of mandatory evacuation orders, apparently, as one man has been alleged to have stolen lingerie from a Thousand Oaks home at the peak of the Woolsey Fire.
Jonah Bregman, 25, of Northridge has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and a misdemeanor of engaging in lewd conduct following multiple alleged burglaries. Bregman allegedly took women’s clothing from residences and wore some of the clothes, causing a public incident.
On Nov. 10, homeowners returning to their residences on the 1700 block of Bridle Oaks Court in Thousand Oaks reported seeing a man flee from their home carrying a bundle of clothing. Four days later, police responded to reports of a suspicious person at Old Meadows Park, a half mile from the scene of the initial report.
Bregman allegedly was caught on park surveillance cameras near the restrooms, where he exited wearing lingerie, according to a police statement. Detectives identified Bregman, who is on parole for residential burglary. A search of his relative’s home where he was staying turned up clothing from the Bridle Oaks Court home allegedly along with other clothing from other homes.
Bregman is currently being held without bail due to conditions of his parole at the Ventura County Jail.
Good Samaritan in Ventura pepper sprayed by robbers
A would-be hero was foiled by burglars in Ventura after being pepper sprayed during a robbery.
A customer of the Thomas 99 Cent Plus store at 1700 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura attempted to stop a pair of robbers after they had demanded money from a store clerk. One suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at the sales clerk before taking an undisclosed amount of cash.
As the pair attempted to flee, a customer attempted to intervene, engaging in a fight with one of the suspects. It was then that the suspect allegedly pepper sprayed the customer. Both the customer and the suspects were gone by the time police arrived.
The suspects remain at large.
If you have more information on this incident, call the Ventura Police Department at 805-339-4488.