On November 5th, 2023, at around 3:20 PM, the Sheriff’s Communications Center received multiple calls reporting a potential assault involving an unconscious man who was bleeding at the intersection of 1000 Oaks Boulevard and West Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. The victim was identified as Paul Kessler, a 69-year-old resident of Thousand Oaks, who was found lying on the ground.
During the course of the investigation, deputies determined that Mr. Kessler had fallen backward and hit his head on the ground during an altercation.
The exact details leading up to his fall are currently unclear. Investigators are considering the possibility of a hate crime and treating this incident as a homicide..