Jamal Jackson, 49, was arrested shortly after the attack and was charged with premeditated first-degree murder, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. Jackson was arrested after a group of people chased him to the beach, CNN reported. If convicted, he faces up to 55 years in prison.
Several hours before the attack, 911 dispatchers received a call to report Jackson for disruptive behavior on a beachfront location in Ventura, police said. After monitoring him on camera for 20 minutes, Jackson walked out of the camera's view and police determined Jackson was not a threat, police said in a statement.