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Teen Arrested for Deltopia Mayhem
updated: Apr 09, 2014, 9:10 AM
By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com
John Palminteri of KEYT reports that Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is looking to arrest the person photographed below, believing to be the "Number
One Suspect" involved in the Isla Vista riot. This person is believed to have thrown a brick through a van window during Deltopia. Palminteri reports the
incident was caught by KEYT cameras. Also, at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning, Sheriff Bill Brown explained that tax
payers will have to pay for much of the damage and the extra law enforcement called in to help control the Deltopia crowd. Read the full story at KEYT.com
UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang responds to the Deltopia riot with an open letter to students
I know that you all share my concern about the unfortunate events that occurred in Isla Vista last weekend. I spent several hours late Saturday night on Del
Playa, speaking with students, public safety officers, and others, including visitors and students from City College and other schools. The safety of our students
and our community is our highest priority. I am deeply grateful for the efforts of the dedicated law enforcement officers, safety teams, staff members,
administrative colleagues, and our student leaders who were there during the night to help keep our community safe.
Many of you, in conversations last weekend in Isla Vista and this week on campus and in the dining commons, have expressed outrage, disappointment,
and even embarrassment at the outcome of Saturday’s events. I thank you for sharing these sentiments with me. I know from my conversations on campus that
our students are deeply concerned about the community they live in and care about the safety of their fellow students and neighbors.
The overwhelming majority of people I spoke with Saturday night were from out of town and were not affiliated with UC Santa Barbara. Data from the UCSB
Police Department and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirm that out of 412 arrests and citations, 376, or 91 percent, were not affiliated with UCSB. It
concerns all of us that our outstanding and dedicated students, and our great university, are being defined by the actions of people who do not share our
commitment to the community in which we enjoy living, studying, working, and raising our families. But we cannot direct all the responsibility for what
happened toward outsiders. As residents of Isla Vista, and as neighbors, we have an important role to play in ensuring that both our campus and IV are a safe
and welcoming community.
We are bringing together representatives from Associated Students, Student Affairs, Administrative Services, Faculty Senate, Governmental Relations, and
the Police Department to address last weekend’s events. We are not only working to identify ways to prevent such incidents in the future, but also to make a
fundamental change in the culture of Isla Vista. This, as I’m sure you would agree, requires a persistent multi-agency, multi-faceted approach and cannot
succeed without broad student participation.
I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and contributions in making change happen. I hope that in the coming days and weeks we can come together as a
community, in partnership with local elected officials, as well as our friends and colleagues at Santa Barbara City College, to address the dangerous events of
last weekend and work to prevent future incidents of this nature. I invite you to email your thoughts and ideas to IVfirstname.lastname@example.org so we can
all share in coming up with solutions.
A 17-year-old teenager from Los Angeles is accused of assaulting an officer on Saturday night that sparked
the riots at Deltopia in Isla Vista. Desmond Louis Edwards (pictured right) has been charged with Mayhem, resisting a
police officer and assault upon a police officer, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley
Edwards is accused of swinging a backpack filled with alcohol bottles and hitting a UCSB police officer in
the head, requiring 20 stitches. Edwards will be charged as an adult and also faces special allegations of
causing great bodily injury and committing a serious/violent felony offense. If convicted he could face up
to 12 years in prison. He's currently being held in Santa Maria on $100,000 bond and is due back in court
The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office estimated that up to 25,000 people were in attendance of Deltopia this
past weekend. Of the 130 people arrested, at least 17 were related to the civil disturbance. Read the full statistics here.
(Photo by John Palminteri/KEYT)
In addition to the recent investigations and arrests, the Associated Students of UCSB released a statement
Monday afternoon asking for a civil Grand Jury investigation. The full release is below:
STATEMENT ON EVENTS IN ISLA VISTA ON APRIL 5TH 2014:
From the Associated Students UCSB Executives
"What happened the night of April 5th 2014 in Isla Vista was tragic and the students of UCSB are in part to
blame for it. Any large event held in such an unofficial capacity is doomed to end in chaos. We, the
Associated Students Executive Officers of UCSB mourn the injury of six dedicated law enforcement officers
and countless community members.
We believe UCSB and UCSB students must take responsibility for the events of April 5th 2014.
In this spirit it is our belief that part of taking responsibility is calling for more information rather than less,
asking for more student involvement rather than less, and asking for more work in Isla Vista by the County
and local stakeholders rather than less.
The time has come for a new process by which we address major events in Isla Vista, even those that are
not officially sanctioned by the County or the University. The community must be a part of the emergency
services planning process. If we give residents of Isla Vista a stake in the preservation of their own safety
and their own community we will improve the outcomes of first responder's efforts.
In no way is this a unilateral critique of the response of Isla Vista Foot Patrol and others on the night of
April 5th, but we do have a stake in knowing what happened, when it happened, and why it happened. The
community at large, including the rest of Santa Barbara County deserve to know. We will be requesting a
Civil Grand Jury Investigation into the events of April 5th. This is in no way motivated by malice towards
any stakeholder or party. We simply think that the more information we have on this event the better
equipped we will be to prevent it from ever happening again.
Once again we mourn the unnecessary injury, damage to property, and damage to public safety and health
that occurred from the night of April 5th. We hope that these efforts could lead to the alleviation of crises
in Isla Vista that require resources from neighboring communities. It is in the interest of no one to have
emergency responders leaving their original area of responsibility to work in Isla Vista on a moment's
In the end we want to work on the issues underlying this event year round, not just during a time of crisis.
We call for an investigation into the events of April 5th because whatever we are currently doing to ensure
the safety of Isla Vista and its residents is inadequate and this is clearly a moment in which we can change
Isla Vista for the better.
When the investigation is concluded we look forward to working with all of Isla Vista's stakeholders to
improve the health and safety of our community."
April 3, 2014: Isla Vista County
April 5, 2014: Isla Vista
April 5, 2014: Riot in Isla Vista
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