LOS ANGELES — A man stole crucifixes from a Southern California gift shop and used them as weapons in a rampage in downtown Ventura, sending a 75-year-old man to the hospital and leaving several others injured.
Thirty-five-year-old Forrest Brantley was arrested and booked into the Ventura County jail Thursday on suspicion of multiple charges including one count of assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of attempted robbery and one count of elder abuse.
Ventura Police say they received multiple 911 calls regarding a person out of control after Brantley was allegedly seen committing burglaries, attempting to rob multiple victims on the street and battering them with the crucifixes.
At one point Brantley broke the window of the 75-year-old man’s car and struck him, causing him moderate injuries to the face. Police say the other victims sustained minor injuries.