Thousand Oaks | Transient Suspect Arrested After Standoff with Police– Shoots at Landscaper with BB Gun

A 54-year-old transient was arrested for shooting a landscaper with a BB gun after an hour long stand-off with police.

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

On August 15, 2018, the victim reported being shot by a BB gun while landscaping in the area of the 2300 block of Borchard Road. Thousand Oaks Police patrol deputies responded to the location and contacted the victim. Deputies observed the victim had injuries to his face and neck area. The victim was treated for his injuries by medical personnel at the scene.

Through the investigation, deputies determined the shot likely came from a Recreational Vehicle (RV) parked in the area.  Deputies attempted to contact the owner of the RV.  The sole occupant, later identified as (S) Craig Hudgins, became hostile to the deputies and refused to exit the RV. Based upon Hudgins’ hostile demeanor and the potential for Hudgins to be armed with a weapon, deputies created a perimeter and continued attempting to communicate with Hudgins. Communication via telephone was established and Hudgins agreed to exit the vehicle after approximately an hour of negotiations. Hudgins was promptly taken into custody. A search of the RV was conducted and a BB gun was recovered.

Approximately two months ago, Hudgins had been listed as a suspect in a vandalism where a BB gun was used to shoot out the window of a landscaper’s truck window.

Hudgins was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility and charged with both crimes. On August, 17, 2018, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed one count each of felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor vandalism. Hudgins remains in custody on $20,000 bail.

 


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