Ventura County – Garrett Stephen Smith, a 24-year-old Oxnard resident, is apparently the victim of irresistible urges that continue to bring him to the attention of law enforcement.
One of those urges—making unwanted sexual contact with strangers by entering their homes in the dead of night—may have compelled him to commit this crime. According to Oxnard Police Department spokesman Sr. Officer Scott Aaron, Smith “removed the screen from an open window” at an Oxnard residence and summarily perpetrated a sexual assault upon a female resident who had been sleeping inside the home at approximately 4:00 a.m. on July 30th.
The victim’s brother confronted Smith, who promptly fled from the scene with the brother following in his footsteps. When responding patrol units arrived, the brother identified Smith and he was immediately detained.
Smith, who had been released from Ventura County Jail on July 26th following a six-month sentence for lewd conduct and probation violation, may have not wanted to return to the world of orange jumpsuits, because as Aaron reported, “when he was informed that he was being arrested for sexual battery, he resisted officers.”
Ultimately, Smith was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of sexual battery and burglary.
Smith’s obvious issues with impulse control may have contributed to his prior track record of petty crimes, public drunkenness, and intimidating Ventura area business owners. He was exonerated in 2014 on suspicion of arson related to a 50-acre brush fire within the city limits.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking