Oxnard police this morning arrested an AIDS patient who fled the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda two days ago after threatening to pass on the deadly virus to anyone who approached him, authorities said.
Barry Joseph Debow, 28, was found hiding in a closet at a woman friend's house in Oxnard about 9:15 a.m., Los Angeles police Officer Bill Frio said. Despite the alleged threats, Debow was taken into custody without incident, Frio said.
Oxnard police spotted Debow's car in front of the house, Frio said, and three officers and a police dog found Debow in a bedroom closet.
Debow, whose last known address is in Oxnard, was taken by ambulance to an undisclosed Veterans Administration hospital in Los Angeles for psychiatric evaluation. Police said they also have a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana against him.