SWAT Team Arrests Man Accused of Committing Sex Crimes with a Child
Photo: David M. Justice
WALNUT CREEK — A SWAT team arrested a man accused of committing rape—and lewd and lascivious acts with a child. But before being taken into custody, he held a shotgun to his head during a four-hour standoff with police.
David M. Justice, 41, now faces six counts each for both sex crime charges. Justice presently remains in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility. Bond for his release was set at $5 million.
Walnut Creek detectives tried to contact Justice on February 7. They traveled to his residence in Orinda at 2:10 p.m. to question him about sexual assaults. However, Justice sped away in a vehicle just as detectives were arriving there.
Officers attempted unsuccessfully to pull over Justice’s vehicle, while he was driving at a very high rate of speed. Soon afterward, Justice drove back to his residence.
The situation quickly escalated. Justice entered the front door of his home and then exited from a back door—now pointing a shotgun at his head.
At this point, Walnut Creek PD put out a call for assistance from the Central Contra Costa County SWAT team. Officers responded from Danville, Lafayette, Martinez, Orinda, San Ramon and Pleasant Hill. BART Police and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.
This coordinated response included setting up a crisis negotiation team. The area around the 200 block of Hall Drive in Orinda was cordoned off. After a tense four hours, Justice surrendered himself peacefully. He was taken into custody at 6:02 p.m.
The investigation involving alleged sexual assaults is ongoing. Anyone with information can call Walnut Creek police detective Kim Gerstner at 925-943-5878.