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Las Positas Incident
updated: Apr 03, 2014, 7:31 AM

UPDATE: The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office have released an official press release, you can view it here.

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Edhat subscribers are reporting that 35-year-old Travis Rosenblatt was arrested in the 1400 block of Las Positas Way after refusing to come out of his home. According to residents the standoff took pace for more than 2 hours, estimating Police arrival around 5:00 am. Police were serving a search warrant for Rosenblatt due to his possible involvement in an armed robbery of a Mobile Gas Station in February of 2013. As subscribers reported below, guns were not used but instead flash-bang guns.

By Edhat Subscribers

Several subscribers are reporting gun shots, Police, and SWAT teams near Las Positas. Any more information?

  • 7:03am: What is happening on Las Positas Place? There has been a lot of noise since about 5am. I got a call saying we should shelter in place. Yet I see nothing on the news sites.

  • 7:17am: Gun shot sounds awhile ago and again right now and then a call from the sheriffs office to say Incident on Las Postias please stay inside residence". Anyone know what is going on?

  • 7:19 am: swat and sheriff's dept. on scene, las positas place, since before 5am on 04/03/14. three flash bangs and calls over the loud speaker for police dogs to be sent in. reverse 911 call for shelter in place an hour ago. anyone know what's going on?

  • 7:48 am: there weren't gun shots... they we're flash bangs or concussion grenades. it's on las Positas place and they finally got the guy. shelter in place has been lifted

    (KEYT photo)

    The suspect wanted for robbing the Mobil Gas Station on Los Positas Road in Santa Barbara back in February of 2013 is in custody. [mug] (04/04/14)
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    Santa Barbara Standoff Leads to Arrest of Well Known Criminal (04/04/14)
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     COMMENT 508147 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 07:56 AM

    So it was a raid it sounds like? Roger what have you heard?


     COMMENT 508152 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:26 AM

    I just saw a photo of the guy being arrested, sheriff car parked sideways in the street, and the somewhat young white male being cuffed with swat guys around him. The photo was taken out of the neighbor's window. Im sure this all got their attention in that quiet neighborhood


     COMMENT 508156P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:34 AM

    Wonder what the punk did to cause suck a ruckus in the morning.


     COMMENT 508160 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:41 AM

    I heard the popping sound as I was getting into my car on Flora Vista. It sounded like something on a Fourth of July night.


     COMMENT 508163 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:44 AM

    Why are people making arrests so much more difficult? I don't remember so much resistance in the past. Law enforcement typically has much more power they can bring to bear than any ordinary citizen can so why the delusion that one can fight it out and win?

    Video game induced delusions, perhaps? Movies showing cops to be poor shots and crashing into each other in car chases is the reality these folks expect? Whatever it is ... it's brain damage.


     COMMENT 508165 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:47 AM

    KEYT has the story. I can't post the link.


     COMMENT 508166 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:48 AM

    Criminal warrants are often served very early in the morning to catch the criminal when he is at home and the least aware of his surroundings.


     SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 08:58 AM

    Suspect allegedly robbed a gas station.


     COMMENT 508184 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 09:21 AM

    Probably downloaded a copyrighted movie so they sent the SWAT team in...

    163 - its the cops who make mountains out of molehills... They're the ones who over react, over arm and storm into people's homes like they're warriors. Happens far too often to not be SOP...


     COMMENT 508186 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 09:24 AM

    Noozhawk has a more thorough story than KEYT. (i can't post the link)


     COMMENT 508190P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 09:34 AM

    Thanks for the update ED!


     COMMENT 508197 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:00 AM

    184, the criminal was wanted for an armed robbery. He refused to surrender so the officers used the proper protocol. Fortunately, none of the officers were hurt.


     COMMENT 508200 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:07 AM

    186, thanks..Noozhawk didn't have the story when I looked earlier.


     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:14 AM

    no shots were fired according to noozhawk..


     COMMENT 508207P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:16 AM

    Here's the Noozhawk story:



     COMMENT 508213 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:38 AM

    Travis Rosenblatt is a real piece of work. Back in 2010, when arrested in Santa Barbara for DUI, he tried to kick the arresting officer in the head. Resisting arrest was added to the DUI charge at that time.


     COMMENT 508215 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:42 AM

    All that when a traffic stop would have done the job....

    But I guess it was more fun to put on the army gear, load up the automatic weapons, get in the bearcat, blockade a residential neighborhood, surround the house, get on the PA system at 5am, start blowing concussion grenades, tell all the residents to shelter in place, toss in a remote controlled robot, get the police dog ready and finally send in the seal team to capture the suspect.

    I was sure he'd turn out to be an international terrorist, who'd sworn to "never be taken alive"

    I'm sure it was good practice and after all, what could possibly go wrong with all those loaded machine guns.


     COMMENT 508222 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 10:53 AM

    I am with 215. What a joke just for one guy. The Militarization of our Peace Officers is not a good thing.


     COMMENT 508228 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 11:01 AM

    Yes why doesnt the PD just send these nice guys a letter telling them to please report to the police station. ps leave any weapons at home and we will trust that you do. Sure would save all of this police action. I am sure the receiver of the letter would surely comply and they could all have a group hug. If the letter doesnt work I see there are many who post here that think they could talk to these people and bring them in with an ice cream cone or something.


     COMMENT 508237 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 11:19 AM

    @ 228 thank u!!!


     COMMENT 508243 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 11:41 AM

    Sheriff's office completely mishandled this arrest. They went into a peaceful neighborhood and created a fake war zone for hours. I hope the citizen review board takes notice and puts the SBSO on check.

    What happened to the old fashion bust the door down and get 'em while they sleep?


     COMMENT 508250 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 11:55 AM

    More evidence of the militarization of our local police forces. We have crossed the line. Shelter in place is unconstitutional. They have no right to force you to remain in your home. None.

    These keystone cops think they're warriors yet actual soldiers do not act anywhere near as combative. Talk to any Marine and ask them how they deal with actual enemies in actual combat. You'd be shocked to know that they are far more kind than our police and far more in control of their emotions, their weapons and the target.

    We have spent 35 billion since 2001 arming our local police force with more weaponry than most small countries... Who are they arming against exactly? Why do they need a SWAT team to arrest an unarmed guy who has lived at the same house for years?


     COMMENT 508256 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 12:15 PM

    Great info Ed, thanks for being the first news site to have it up!


     COMMENT 508257P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 12:16 PM

    Agree...the cost to the tax payer for that arrest was significant and unwarranted.
    Police department militarization is a threat to democracy.


     COMMENT 508258 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 12:19 PM

    The Noozhawk stated there were tenants, was this simply a rental with multiple renters or a halfway house?


     COMMENT 508264 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 12:35 PM

    Gosh maybe the SBPD should give up their guns and just carry around balloons to give out. I doubt many of you have every been in a possible life threatening event. If you had a job that put you in possible harms way wouldnt your loved ones like you to have the best tools for the job so that you have a better chance of coming home each night?


     COMMENT 508269 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 12:46 PM

    264 - The people have had to give up their guns, so why not? I have been in many life threatening events and am put in harms way every day. We, however, are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon in Santa Barbara or even open carry a rifle anymore. Yes, I would like to have the tools to have a better chance of coming home every night. If I am allowed to have these tools, then I am OK with police having them too.


     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 01:19 PM

    Ice Cream did someone say ice cream?


     COMMENT 508294 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 01:31 PM

    I don't know what giving up guns has to do with this story. Any request for the citizens to disarm would only decrease the number of weapons in the hands of those that can assist law enforcement. The evil doers that use weapons for ilk won't voluntarily turn in or give up their weapons.
    I like the Swiss approach, armed and peaceful citizenry.
    Vote often and inspire your kids....


     COMMENT 508320P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 02:14 PM

    The mere fact that the SBSO has a Bearcat and SWAT team (or whatever silly acronym the Sheriff chooses to call his little wannabe army) increases the pressure to use the fancy weapons and unnecessarily harm or kill someone.

    I predict that in the very near future innocent people are going to be killed by the very people who are supposed to protect them, and all we're going to get from the Sheriff is a bunch of pathetic excuses.


     COMMENT 508329 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 02:41 PM

    286 - I'm not a criminal, psycho or lying. There have been ZERO concealed weapons permits issued in SB county in the past two years. It is also illegal to open or closed carry any weapon (long rifle or handgun) in California. Therefore, there is no way to keep a gun for protection in public. But you are correct, they have not taken away our guns yet (its coming soon, look at Connecticut). We have lost all freedom in this country, some of us are not going to go down quietly.


     COMMENT 508335P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 03:00 PM

    Of course no concealed weapons permits are issued anymore - although the Sheriff pretends to support the constitution, he doesn't believe US citizens have the right to defend themselves or their property - that's HIS job.

    So if someone breaks into your home and is murdering your family, the Sheriff expects you to dial 9-1-1 and wait the 45 minutes or hour it takes for his boys to dress up in their army costumes and crank up the old Bearcat. By the time the cavalry gets there to "save" you, about the best you can hope for is that they'll put you out of your misery.

    As for actually using a licensed concealed weapon to defend yourself in public, it would have to be the absolute last resort... kinda like the way it SHOULD be with police officers who now casually blow away anyone who they feel the least bit "threatened" by.


     COMMENT 508360 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 03:37 PM

    I repeat, nobody has had their "guns taken away". That is an NRA lie, and repeating it will not make it true.

    If you don't like our gun laws, you're welcome to move to a state that gives criminals and psychos the unlimited ability to arm themselves. Thankfully, we're more civilized here.

    And yes, in a perfect world, people would only use their permitted concealed weapons only as the "last resort", but as we've seen again and again, too many concealed carry people choose to use them as their first resort.


     COMMENT 508367P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 03:48 PM

    Actually, NO, we have not seen "too many concealed carry people" abuse the right to defend their selves - although widespread mayhem was predicted in states that became 'shall issue', with the exception of the Zimmerman/martin case there hasn't been much abuse at all. Nice try at propaganda though.


     COMMENT 508373 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 03:57 PM

    360- Didn't you read my comment that you were right and they have not taken our guns away yet. Just restricted what kinds we can own and not be allowed to carry outside of the house. That is taking away rights and might as well be a complete ban on guns. I have lived in many different states and countries and most have CCW and have never had a problem. I even have been to one county that there is an order that every home owner must have a gun. They have had one homicide in 10 years (none gun related). Most of those areas are much safer than here or other areas where guns are banned. And a lot more civil too. Trust me you will never hear a person there say something like "if you don't like it you can just move" If you were as civil as you say then you would just say "to each there own".


     COMMENT 508380 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 04:08 PM

    228 I love you


     COMMENT 508385 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 04:21 PM

    Wait, what would Jesus do? I think he said you should openly bring your gun to church with you like they do in some states.


     COMMENT 508411P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 05:39 PM

    Actually, "the concealed carry guy" involved in the theatre shooting didn't need a permit - he's a retired cop, and as such doesn't need a permit. What he does need (like most every cop nowadays) is to be relieved of the idea that he can get away with shooting anyone who's the slightest threat to his personal safety.

    And no, I didn't write off anyone's life, you're putting words in my mouth - I said widespread mayhem was predicted in states that became 'shall issue' for CCW, and there has been no such thing.


     COMMENT 508419P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 06:43 PM

    Dream on folks who think a better method may prevail in the future. You may really like the guy who smiles and hauls the dumpster out on the right days.

    Knock on his door to see what you get..wanna share tomato seedlings, gardening items, etc.? Most drugs suck and your pals and kids may know more than you do, so do most armed bank robbers.


     COMMENT 508421P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-03 07:26 PM

    Dream on? Actually there was a better way in the past - back when police officers were peace officers and didn't view everything through the war-on-drugs lens, there wasn't any need for SWAT teams and armored cars... certainly not to serve a two bit warrant on some guy who may have been involved in robbing a gas station.

    The police now seek to escalate every situation instead of de-escalating, and there is absolutely no doubt that thousands of completely innocent people have been unnecessarily maimed and killed by this faux-warrior mentality.


     COMMENT 508489P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-04-04 07:52 AM

    I have read comments from both sides of the political spectrum and I wish to say I am with the conservative thought and I will state although I do not own or carry any concealed weapon I fault no one who does and I just wish to add that the problem could be that those that like us to give up our rights, is it because you would act the way you fear, others would act. Just my humble take.


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