A Faria Beach couple are dead after a man reportedly wearing a black motorcycle helmet and dark coveralls slipped into their house through an unlocked sliding door, stabbing them both to death late on Wednesday night. Identified by neighbors as Brock and Devina Husted, both 42 years old, the two victims – who were expecting a child – were found dead by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies. The couple’s children, a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, were in the house at the time. The boy told law enforcement officials that he witnessed the assailant’s original confrontation of his pregnant mother, while the girl was asleep in her room. The two children were able to escape without injury to a neighbor’s house, where 911 was called.
Bill Stratton, 78, who lives next door to the Husteds, said that he hadn’t heard anything at the time the attack took place. He described Brock as a successful businessman and Devina as a nice person. Located in a quiet, gated beachside community, the house that the couple was reported to have remodeled was recently put up for sale.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the crime, but currently, no new information about the suspect or his whereabouts has been released. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Ventura County Sheriff’s office at (805) 477-7000.