November 17, 2010 | 6:50pm
News trucks started appearing on Garland Street as early as Tuesday morning, in anticipation of the controversial near-release of violent rapist, Lawrence Joseph Brown. The generator noise and lack of parking was of lesser worry to the neighbors than why the trucks were there.
One man, sitting on his yellow bike, still wearing a helmet, spoke into cell phone, which was functioning as a walkie-talkie: "I'm here, this guy lives closer than we thought," said Bob Porter, his wife on the other end.
"My daughter woke up in the middle of the night and climbed into bed with us because she was having nightmares," Porter told Navel Gazing. "I can't believe they're letting this monster into our community."
Porter is the father of three girls and the family lives a few blocks from 13071 Red Hill Ave. in Tustin, the supposed residence home of Brown, following his release.
Lawrence Jeffrey Brown today
Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's Office
He was one of numerous neighbors coming out of their house, gathering on the sidewalk, discussing the "circus" atmosphere, including the nine news trucks parked along the street and the constant flow of cars stopping in front of the house. "[The traffic] only gets like this around Christmas, but that's because people come to see the Christmas lights," said one neighbor, who's a teacher in the area and lives across the street from the house of interest.
When we arrived at the location, young children stood with their parents, some ran around freely, without supervision. "There are a lot of kids in this neighborhood," one resident said.
One neighbor, passing by in a silver car, called out to fellow neighbors who were standing with their children, "Watch your babies--God bless!"
"That's the collateral damage of this scumbag moving into this community--that kids have to live in fear," said Porter. "Some progressive judge found it right to release this monster, but he's not the one who has to live near the guy."
At one point in the evening, shortly before 5:30 p.m., a woman walked down the street with what appeared to be luggage and laundry, and after lingering outside the entrance to the home, entered through the gate--seemingly without notice by the media on hand. Minutes later, she reappeared on the street corner, smoking a cigarette. When we approached her, she started walking down the street without comment.
Neighbors who were on the sidewalk and noticed the woman initially, said when she walked past them she said, "Just so you guys know, he's not going to show up here... just so you know." She continued walking, arms folded across her chest.
The same woman entered and exited the home one more time, 15 minutes after the first incident, again without notice from the media. By that point, six of the nine trucks had already packed up and left to attend the press conference in Santa Ana