By Logan Hall
A local woman charged with elder abuse and credit card fraud remains in jail after her arrest last week.
Rosalba Hernandez, 24, of Oak View, was arrested on June 29 for allegedly stealing from the 82-year-old woman for whom she was hired to provide care. The woman, who was bedridden due to illness and under hospice care, died on May 27 after the theft had been reported, according to Sheriff’s Detective Mark Burgess.
“Hernandez came in and took advantage of an elderly couple,” said Burgess, who investigated the case. “She stole from them.”
Burgess said that Hernandez had taken jewelry from the couple’s home and had used the woman’s credit cards to make purchases. Investigators also found property paid for with the victim’s credit cards in Hernandez’s home, according to a press release issued on Wednesday.
The woman’s 85-year-old husband, who requested to remain anonymous, said it was a big surprise to him. “She had a really good personality,” said the husband about Hernandez. “I never would have seen it coming.”
However, the victim’s portrayal of Hernandez’s personality does not reflect her history.
On June 25, Hernandez and an accomplice were allegedly giving an unidentified male a ride heading east on Highway 150 toward Santa Paula. According to Burgess, Hernandez pulled a gun on the victim and demanded his wallet. After the man handed it over, Hernandez ordered him out of the car before fleeing the scene. Released after posting bail, Hernandez is still facing a court appearance on charges of armed robbery and making criminal threats.
According to Ventura County Superior Court records, Hernandez has been arrested multiple times for drug use and other offenses. Her rap sheet includes charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
“We believe that she committed these crimes and that the justice system will prevail against her,” said Burgess.
Hernandez remains in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail on $110,000 bail.