Domestic Violence at Public Library Leads to Manhunt & Arrest
Fillmore Public Library
VENTURA – Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputies responding to a call for service in front of the Fillmore Public Library may have been anticipating a case of a compulsive reader protesting overdue book fines; what they found instead was a seventeen-year-old female suffering minor injuries reportedly inflicted upon her by her boyfriend, Brandon Lloyd, a resident of Fillmore on December 20th.
When deputies arrived at the scene, however, Lloyd had made himself scarce and was nowhere to be seen. According to VCSD spokesman Sgt. Kevin Vaden, the ensuing investigation indicated that Lloyd had “taken an overdose of medication in a possible suicide attempt” prior to the altercation with the victim. Investigators learned that Lloyd had abandoned his car and walked off into a nearby orange grove. At that time, deputies called in additional patrol units of the Fillmore Police Department, as well as the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit and a K-9 deputy team.
The ensuing search, involving what Vaden referred to as “numerous law enforcement resources,” failed to locate Lloyd in the vicinity of the alleged assault. Ongoing and intensive search and investigative efforts indicated that Lloyd had been observed later that day some seven miles to the east, in the community of Piru. Deputies then tracked Lloyd down and took him into custody. Once he was cleared by medical personnel, Lloyd was transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on a charge of domestic battery.