Ventura – It’s doubtful that in the handbook Getting Away with Burglary, the chapter on evading arrest suggests aquatic escape routes as the best means of avoiding incarceration. Nor would any such helpful guide likely recommend swimming through a putrid, polluted duck pond and then running across eight lanes of high-speed freeway traffic, the excremental avian sludge afoot be damned.
But that’s exactly what Francisco Bonifacio, a 26-year old Ventura resident tried to do on the morning of November 6th. It was just after 8:00 a.m. when, according to the report issued by the Ventura Police Department Watch Commander, the VPD Command Center took a 911 Emergency call from a Vista Del Mar Road resident who had found a bicycle in her driveway. Apparently, the female caller had no use for the bike and wasn’t inclined to simply list it for sale on eBay, and when officers arrived to deal with the pedal-powered unit, they unexpectedly observed Bonifacio suddenly exiting the house.
Bonifacio ignored the cops’ attempts to make verbal contact with him, and sprinted off down a slope toward to the U.S. 101 freeway, suddenly sloshing through “a nearby duck pond” before sprinting onto freeway lanes packed with morning rush hour traffic.
When Bonifacio reached the other side of the freeway, another VPD unit was there waiting for him and took him into custody without further incident. He was ultimately transported to Ventura County Jail and booked on charges of residential brglary, possession of illegal drugs, and resisting arrest.
According to the Watch Commander report, “Bonifacio was not injured as a result of the arrest,” although prior to his booking he was taken to Ventura County Medical Center “for treatment”, presumably not for bird flu.
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