Ventura County – Clearly, the historical import of December 7th as characterized by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy”, and which for recent generations was seared into the annals of modern American history continues to fade into the foggy recesses of some citizens as evidenced by their failure to restrain their criminal impulses on what is recognized as Pearl Harbor Day.
It was early in the morning on that anniversary date, at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, December 7th, when Oxnard’s 911 Emergency Dispatch received a call alerting authorities to a possible sexual assault and kidnapping at a Samuel Avenue address. Upon arrival at the reported location, according to an Oxnard Police Department spokesman’s report to the media, “officers learned that the suspect might still be in the area,” which he was indeed.
Just a couple of doors away in the same apartment complex, officers located the suspect and made verbal contact with him, whereupon Lawrence Beasley, 41-year old Oxnard resident, made it clear that he was not interested in having a dialogue with them, warning them that he had barricaded himself inside the apartment and was armed.
With the arrival of Oxnard Police Department’s SWAT team, negotiations ensued with Beasley as six neighboring apartments were evacuated for the safety of anyone in the immediate vicinity. After two full hours of conversation with the SWAT negotiator, Beasley saw the error of his earlier thinking and surrendered himself.
Beasley was promptly taken into custody, arrested on the scene, and transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on multiple felonies, including sexual assault and “possible kidnapping” charges, surely making it his personal day of infamy.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking
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