On Monday, September 11, 2017, at approximately 1:30pm officers from the Beaumont Police Department were leaving the police station and saw a person walking towards a business, located in the 700 block of East 6th Street in Beaumont. Officers saw what they believed was the suspect removing a weapon from the front of his pants and immediately detained the individual. Further investigation by officers determined that the subject, identified as Justin Lee Hayworth, 32 YOA, from Yucaipa, was interrupted while attempting to commit a robbery at the business while armed with a steel sledge hammer.
Hayworth was arrested without incident and booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, for attempted robbery and violation of PRCS.
Hayworth was identified as being on active PRCS (Post-Release Community Supervision). It should be noted that Justin Hayworth is an Assembly Bill 109 probationer. AB109, also known as Post Release Community Supervision, was signed into law in November 2011. The goal of AB109 is to reduce the California State Prison population. It allows thousands of less serious offenders to remain out of custody and on probation, while they would have previously been eligible for prison. Local communities like Beaumont have felt the effects of Assembly Bill 109. The above arrest demonstrates the impact of this bill on the residents of Beaumont. The Beaumont Police Department recognizes the concerns associated with this bill and we continue to proactively arrest the offenders that victimize our residents.