A small memorial has been created on Stearns Wharf to honor Robert Gutierrez of Camarillo, who was fatally shot last month.
Rest in peace, Rob Gutierrez. Credit: John Palminteri / KEYT News photo

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged three men with murder in the shooting death of a Camarillo man near Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf in December.

A fourth man was charged with being an accessory to murder.

The four Santa Barbara men were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting of 52-year-old Robert Dion “Rob” Gutierrez.

After the arrests, Santa Barbara police identified Gutierrez as the victim and described him as an “innocent bystander.”

He was gunned down the night of Dec. 9 along Cabrillo Boulevard near State Street and the wharf — in the center of the city’s tourist area.

According to police, Gutierrez died 11 days later, on Dec. 20.

The health-care professional and AYSO coach is survived by his wife, Gerallie, and their daughters, Ariana and Carisa. His funeral service and burial is Tuesday in Camarillo.

Police did not confirm Gutierrez’s death from his wounds until Thursday, when they announced the homicide arrests.

The men charged with murder include 22-year-old Jiram Tenorio Ramon; 21-year-old Christopher Dave Miranda and 20-year-old Ricardo Tomas Jauregui-Moreno.

The three are accused of committing the killing for the benefit of the Westside criminal street gang, according to the District Attorney’s Office complaint filed Monday.

Tenorio Ramon is specifically accused of using a handgun to intentionally kill Gutierrez, and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury.

Santa Barbara police have arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of 52-year-old Camarillo resident Rob Gutierrez — an “innocent bystander” who was gunned down near Stearns Wharf six weeks ago.
Santa Barbara police arrested four suspects Thursday in connection with the murder of 52-year-old Camarillo resident Rob Gutierrez, “an innocent bystander” who was gunned down near Stearns Wharf six weeks ago. Credit: KEYT News photo

James Lee Rosborough, 21, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

All four men appeared in Santa Barbara County Superior Court on Monday morning via Zoom rooms from the Main Jail, where they are being held without bail.

Bail review hearings were scheduled for next week, and their arraignments on the charges were continued to Feb. 17.

The criminal complaint alleges all four men committed the following:

  • Verbally challenged a group of pedestrians while driving on Stearns Wharf in the city of Santa Barbara
  • Stopped their vehicle for the purpose of deploying two of their party to attack the group of pedestrians with a firearm
  • Discharged a firearm at the group of pedestrians and murdered Robert Dion Gutierrez, an innocent bystander
  • Fled the location of the murder, two on foot and two by vehicle
  • Traveled back to the location of the murder in vehicles to extract those who fled on foot to avoid apprehension

All four men also were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, street terrorism and criminal street gang conspiracy.

According to the criminal complaint, the defendants “did unlawfully and actively participate in a criminal street gang with knowledge that its members engage in and have engaged in a pattern of street gang activity and did willfully promote, further, assist and benefit from felonious criminal conduct by members of that street gang.”

Tenorio Ramon and Jauregui-Moreno are accused of committing these offenses while on probation for previous convictions.

Tenorio Ramon was convicted of disturbing the peace by fighting/street terrorism in 2020.

This is a second-strike offense allegation for Jauregui-Moreno, who was convicted in 2020 after pleading no contest to assault with a deadly weapon (a hammer) and brandishing a weapon during a fight, according to Superior Court documents reviewed by Noozhawk.

Deputy District Attorney Tate McCallister is prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

On Monday, attorney Doug Hayes represented Tenorio Ramon; Deputy Public Defender Brian Mathis represented Jauregui-Moreno; Doug Ridley represented Miranda; and Neil Levinson represented Rosborough.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Gutierrez at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Road in Camarillo, with burial to follow at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, and a celebration of life back at the church’s Serra Center.

A GoFundMe account established to help Gutierrez’s family had raised nearly $38,000 as of Tuesday. Click here to make an online donation.

Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at gmagnoli@noozhawk.com.