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Man Sought For San Diego County Murder Arrested In Ventura County

A man wanted for a San Diego County murder has been arrested in Ventura County. Forrest Robert Brantley was spotted and arrested on a Ventura street Wednesday morning.  Tuesday afternoon, someone reported seeing him near Ventura College, prompting an hour-long campus lockdown.

San Diego Police identified Brantley as a suspect in the Thanksgiving morning fatal stabbing of a man near the San Diego Sports Arena. 

Detectives looked for him in San Diego County, but also issued an alert that he might be returning to Ventura County.

The 38-year-old man was on parole for a number of convictions. He was known to Ventura Police. They arrested him for a 2016 incident in which detectives say he stole crucifixes from the San Buenaventura Mission’s gift shop, and used them as weapons in random attacks on some people.

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.