News Story


Ventura - A Day at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility
3/3/2014 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

A Day at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility


800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca. 93009

Date & Time:

Mar. 2, 2014 from 2:00 am to 3:00 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Detention Services Division

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Cota, Natalie

(S) Rustali, George

(S) Zapata, Larry


Newbury Park







A female jail inmate punched a female sheriff's deputy in the neck Sunday while being booked for vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance at the Pre-Trial Detention Facilty in Ventura. The deputy immediately restrained the inmate to control her until she was handcuffed.


Natalie Cota, an Oxnard resident, was charged with battery on a peace officer and remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.


George Rustali, of Newbury Park, was brought to the jail for resisting an executive officer, resisting or delaying a peace officer, brandishing a deadly weapon, possession of tear gas, and battery. He was very intoxicated and combative with deputies when he arrived at the jail. He spit in the face of one of the booking deputies and was restrained. Deputies placed Rustali in a padded cell for observation, due to his level of intoxication and his erratic behavior.


Rustali remains in custody in lieu of $75,000.


Larry Zapata had completed the booking process early Sunday morning and was about to be moved to one of the housing units in the jail. Prior to being assigned housing, inmates are thoroughly searched to ensure they are not smuggling any drugs or weapons into the housing areas of the jail. It was during that search that Zapata was caught with 4.6 grams of heroin in his possession. Zapata had been brought to jail for several misdemeanor warrants. He is now facing a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance in a jail facility.


Zapata remains in custody in lieu of $41,500.

Sunday's activities are not unusual in a jail facility, but they illustrate the hazards deputies and jail staff members face every day.


Prepared by:

Sgt. Eric Buschow


Media Release Date:

Mar. 3, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129


Approved by:

Commander Rick Barrios