Photo: Jesurun Cyrus, Dawn Allen, and Travis Ccolett
Ventura County – The shortage of affordable housing throughout Southern California’s coastal communities has forced many residents into less-than-optimal housing arrangements. Evidence of that became apparent late on the afternoon of June 18th with the arrests of three Fillmore area roommates.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Bill Meixner, it was at 4:30 p.m. when VCSD’s Dispatch Center was alerted to a report of a man “pointing a shotgun” at his male roommate “during a dispute.”
Deputies attached to the Fillmore Police Department responded to the reporting address and “quickly set up a perimeter around the home.”
Contact with 59-year-old Travis Collett and 55-year-old Dawn Allen was made. Shortly thereafter, Collet and Allen exited the home and reported that 65-year-old Jesurun Cyrus—their roommate—had confronted Collett and “accused him of eating the last of Cyrus’ food.”
Collett and Allen told deputies that their offer “to make dinner for Cyrus” went unappreciated, at which point he pointed a shotgun at Collett and demanded that he and Allen leave the premises.
During their investigation, deputies made telephone contact with Cyrus, convincing him to “exit the home without the shotgun.”
Cyrus complied and as promptly taken into custody. Deputies then searched the residence and found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in Cyrus’ bedroom. While that was going on, deputies determined that Collett and Allen were under the influence of a controlled substance.
All three roommates were transported to Ventura County Jail, where Cyrus was booked on a charge of brandishing a firearm, with his bail set at $10,000. Collett and Allen were each booked on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, with their bail amounts unspecified.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking