Couple killed at Faria Beach home
Originally published 06:38 a.m., May 21, 2009
Updated 12:28 p.m., May 21, 2009
Brock and Davina Husted taken in December 2008. Courtesy of Monica White
Brock and Davina Husted were stabbed to death the night of May 20 in their home. Their children escaped and called police from a neighbor's home.
Chuck Kirman / Star Staff -- Law enforcement officers investigate a Faria Beach home where Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said a man wearing a motorcycle helmet entered the Husted home on the 4200 block of Faria Road and stabbed Brock and Davina Husted multiple times, killing both of them.
A quiet beach community northwest of Ventura was reeling this morning after a husband and wife were stabbed to death late Wednesday evening in their beachfront home.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said a man wearing a motorcycle helmet entered a home in the 4200 block of Faria Road at Faria Beach and attacked the couple about 10:30 p.m., authorities said. The husband and his pregnant wife, both 42, were stabbed multiple times, Bonfiglio said.
Authorities identified the couple as Brock and Davina Husted.
Two children, a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, were home at the time. The boy, who was watching television, witnessed at least the initial confrontation between his parents and the suspect, Bonfiglio said. Neither child was injured. The girl was asleep in a bedroom.
The children went next door and notified a neighbor who called 911.
Bonfiglio said they have questioned many people in the incident and have detained at least one person, but have made no arrests.
“There’s been no one we’ve been able to connect directly to this incident,” Bonfiglio said.
Bonfiglio described the suspect as wearing a black motorcycle helmet and a dark jumpsuit. The assailant apparently entered the house through an unlocked sliding door at the rear of the beige house, which sits in a gated community and backs up to the beach. He confronted the woman in the kitchen. The husband was in the master bedroom at the time.
Chief Deputy Dennis Carpenter told reporters that the two were stabbed in the living room. They did find the knife they believe was used.
“It seems more random than targeted,” Carpenter said of the crime.
The Ventura Police and California Highway Patrol are helping with the investigation.
Both children attended Pierpont School in Ventura, where counselors, school psychologists, district administrators and parents were caring for students today.
Because the elementary campus is small, everyone knows each other, said Trudy Arriaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District.
“It’s just a saddened community,” Arriaga said. “We’re grieving the loss of the parents and tending to the fear and anxiety, and the sadness of the children.”
Next-door neighbor Bill Stratton, 78, said he was awakened by the helicopters about 1 or 2 a.m. His home is just a few feet away, and “I would have heard any ruckus,” he said. Adding that he didn’t hear a motorcycle, either.
“It’s one of those things the more you think about it the creepier it gets,” Stratton said.
Sipping coffee and smoking a cigarette this morning Stratton said he has known the family since they moved into the area four or five years ago. They have been remodeling and the house recently went up for sale.
Stratton uses a cane and said his neighbors had been very nice to him, bringing cupcakes over after a recent surgery and helping him out when he needed it.
He said Brock was a successful businessman and Davina had a sweet personality. “She was a beautiful woman,” he said.
The sheriff’s department used a community telephone activation system to notify neighbors of the attack. A helicopter, bloodhounds and canine units were searching the area for the suspect.
Bremen Schmeltz, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he would never expect something like this.
“It’s horrible,” he said. “It is a quiet community”
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the killing.
Anyone with information about the crime can call the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (805) 477-7000.