Perhaps hoping to dispense with media inquiries in one press release swoop, the Irvine Police Department has released information far and wide about the June 2006 arrest of John Patrick Bedell.
He, of course, is the slain “Pentagon Shooter” and subject of my Weekly colleague Nick Schou's previous blog post.
Here is the Irvine police account from the desk of Lt. John Hare:
June 2, 2006, Irvine Police Officers responded to an apartment at 238
marijuana plants being grown on the balcony of an apartment.
Responding officers could plainly see
marijuana plants on the balcony. Based on this information, Detectives obtained
a Search Warrant for the apartment which was served on June 6, 2006.
Bedell was present when the Warrant was served and he was the only resident of
Inside the apartment,
Detectives found a marijuana growing operation which included artificial
lighting, irrigation systems and other components used for the cultivation of
marijuana. Detectives seized this
equipment along with 16 marijuana plants.
Bedell was not cooperative with officers during this encounter and refused to
speak with them other than providing basic identification information. In
addition, during the arrest procedure Bedell refused to walk with the police
officers and had to be carried down the apartment stairs and to a patrol car.
Orange County District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges for cultivation
of marijuana and resisting/delaying police officers.
On August 10, 2006, John Bedell pled guilty
to the charges. Specifics regarding the
court disposition can be found through Orange County Criminal Court.