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Homeless man gets 16 year jail sentence for attack with metal pole on woman at South Coast beach

Tim Hufner
A homeless man is headed to prison for an unprovoked attack on a woman at a Ventura beach.

Victim of Ventura incident may have permanent nerve damage.

A homeless man has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for an unprovoked attack with a metal pole on a woman walking on a South Coast beach.

The attack happened in August of 2021, on the boardwalk near the Ventura Pier.

Prosecutors say the victim was walking with a friend when Ernesto Estrada attacked her with the pole. She was struck on the face and neck, and may have suffered permanent nerve damage.

Estrada pled guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, and admitted special allegations relating to prior felony convictions.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.