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Ventura – Inmate Found Dead at Pre-Trial Detention Facility

Nature of Incident: Inmate Death
Report Number: 19-02443
Location: Pre-Trial Detention Facility; 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura
Date & Time: 01/05/2019 @10:48 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau

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(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(D) Ricardez, Andrew William Ventura 31
On 01/05/2019, at approximately 10:48 AM, deputies at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility discovered that Andrew Ricardez was unresponsive in his cell. Deputies immediately began to render aid and summoned jail medical staff. Ventura City Fire and American Medical Response personnel also responded to provide more advanced care. Mr. Ricardez was transported to Community Memorial Hospital for additional advanced medical care. Ultimately, Mr. Ricardez was pronounced deceased at 12:05 PM.

The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, pending autopsy results from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. As a matter of policy, the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau investigates the causes of all inmate deaths.

Prepared by: Detective Joe Mulrooney
News Release Date: 01/06/2019
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Garo Kuredjian

(805) 797-6322

Approved by:


Captain Jeff Miller