Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
July 30, 2021
 

On July 28, 2021, around 4:00 pm, dispatchers from the Santa Barbara Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls about a male subject brandishing a knife in the area of State Street and Anapamu Street.

It was reported the suspect, Robert J. Tobarro, a 58-year-old transient, was making verbal threats for an unknown reason, towards a family that was visiting from out of town. Tobarro then started following the family as they walked down State Street and approached the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Tobarro started directly making threats towards a young boy in the family. The father of the child began to intervene when Tobarro pulled out from his pocket a fixed blade knife. According to witnesses, Tobarro continually made threats while following the family when bystanders called 9-1-1 to report the incident.

Multiple Officers quickly responded to the area and were able to contact the victims and Tobarro who was detained on scene. Witnesses and the victims reported Tobarro had become verbally aggressive and appeared intoxicated. When the victims attempted to avoid Tobarro, he became agitated and made threats towards the victims with the knife in hand.

Tobarro was placed under arrest after the investigation was completed. Tobarro was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail for, 422 PC – Criminal Threats (felony), 273a PC – Child Endangerment (felony), and 417 PC – Brandishing a Weapon (misdemeanor). He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

The victims were fortunately not physically harmed during this incident.


Reported by Scanner Andrew
4:08 p.m., July 28, 2021
 

Police are responding with lights and sirens for a transient brandishing a knife near Old Navy on State Street

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Chip of SB Aug 03, 2021 10:48 AM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

It’s a shame that it’s no longer safe to take your family to downtown Santa Barbara. Nothing lasts forever, and this is the new direction the voters have chosen. However, there are also many up and coming towns and destinations nearby that were barely on the map back in the old days when the downtown area used to be clean and safe. I would strongly advise anyone planning to visit this area or take the family out for an afternoon to explore the multitude of great options outside of downtown Santa Barbara.

Rypert Johnson Aug 02, 2021 09:59 AM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

JAK, eloquently and accurately stated. Why do we tolerate the untolerable? Better yet, who has decided that is the way it should be? Can we start with Homeless Inc.?

Rypert Johnson Aug 02, 2021 10:00 AM
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SWARFMASTER, that is the policy in other places, but here, Homeless Inc. makes sure we're kinder and gentler to the "houseless neighbors" doing all this kind of stuff. SHIP EM'!

Rypert Johnson Aug 02, 2021 10:19 AM
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KEW, all good points made, the part you mentioned about "they drink & drug themselves into oblivion" is a real point, but also what gives the "defenders of the faith" the "mental illness" excuse to lessen the penalties for the bad behavior we've been enduring as a community.
It is NOT mental illness, it is brain damage and the worst part is it is self induced. Calling these individuals "mentally ill" is an insult to people truly suffering from mental illness.
These people chose to do the chemicals that in turn damaged their brains, it was a choice and it was a choice implemented by them.
Mental illness is something that happens from within with no choice of ours. Stop calling these vagrants "mentally ill" and you will see that the problem will be addressed accordingly.

Kew Jul 31, 2021 06:37 PM
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Did you forget about the fixed-blade knife? What? What kind of person threatens a child or family with a weapon. He knows he's a looser, that's why he's schnockered & drugged to begin with. He doesn't give a whit about anyone or anything except the sick circus that's going on in his head, and he's full-on aggressive because he has a chip on his shoulder. He doesn't care if he ruins anyone's day. Sadly, many of these street folk, are known to die within 3-6 months of being offered FREE housing, because behind closed doors, they drink & drug themselves into oblivion if no one's watchin'. The housing folk don't say much about this, except to say that, miraculously, the homeless numbers are declining. Well, they are declining because many are dying once they are housed. Devil's in the details, every time. These "house the homeless" administrators are getting paid BIG BUCKS to get these people off freeway on/off ramps, Milpas, State St., Hollister, Linden Ave. I've noticed that Housing the Homeless has become big business in the past decade. It used to be the Literacy Program, now it's House the Homeless. Hey, and while you're all out there wanting to help the problem du jour. . How about doing something for seniors! The Silver Tsunami is HERE! House that!

Kew Jul 30, 2021 06:40 PM
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When I'm on State St. , I have to scurry through there like a Mad Hatter! This area used to be the classiest part of the downtown corridor. Now, it has more bums and urine than anywhere else in Santa Barbara!

Ahchooo Jul 30, 2021 06:17 PM
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I go downtown occasionally. Went often before the pandemic. I’ve never been harassed. But I do favor some action to get the crazies off the street. It’s not like they’re happy being there. They’re disturbed, they need help.

Basicinfo805 Jul 30, 2021 04:35 PM
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We stopped going downtown years ago. Everytime we go through there it’s like a bad joke. Really pathetic situation. No place for kids or families to be. Art museum? Library? Ha! No frickin’ way. So sad. What a waste. Vote appropriately, that’s all I can say. Maybe we’ll start getting somewhere if we change the “leadership” at city hall.

biguglystick Jul 31, 2021 02:30 PM
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Yep. It's really awful. We don't have kids, but we don't go downtown either, just because we don't want to get harrassed or have smoke blown everywhere. No smoking city? HA! That's a joke. It isn't enforced.

OAITW Jul 30, 2021 03:32 PM
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If threatening tourist’s children on State St doesn’t wake up the powers that be in Santa Barbara, we may have past the point of no return. Stop with all the Santa Barbara knee jerk liberal excuses. Stop spending money on failed solutions. When any of the homeless break the law, bring them before a state board of psychologists to determine if they are competent. If not, have them institutionalized. And for those who say we don’t have the money, as these people are removed from our communities, we will be spending less and less on all the failed programs we have now.

dukemunson Aug 03, 2021 12:42 PM
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Sac - That's a trick question...it's a tie! There are times and situations where Lagers are obviously the best choice...and other times where an IPA is clearly the best! (And seagulls are the worst).

sacjon Aug 03, 2021 12:26 PM
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BYZANTIUM - is there any local topic you are not an expert in and spend all day complaining about? How about sailboat races? Metal detecting on East Beach? Soft vs hard tacos? Seagull behavior? IPA vs lagers?

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 30, 2021 05:19 PM
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We are well beyond the point of no return. Remember by in Feb of 2020, when the elderly couple and their 13-year old grandson were similarly attacked by the young transient couple on State Street? The couple were arrested, released and then less than 2 months later they were re-arrested for the murder of a woman in Santa Cruz. Over 1 year later and nothing has changed. Here's a link to the old Edhat article: https://www.edhat.com/news/two-transients-arrested-for-santa-cruz-murder-following-local-incident

Byzantium Jul 30, 2021 05:00 PM
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ACLU "took away" the power to commit. ReCall candidate John Cox has put reform of the Lantern-Petris-Short Act that evolved from the ACLU case into the campaign arena. We know it needs to be reformed. And intentional disinformation about this act and its origins needs to be stopped dead in its tracks .No "Reagan" did not open all the mental care institutions - ACLU sued the state and BigPharm promised they could cure these mental impairment issues with drugs. That is who forced the state care institutions to be emptied. The rest is a very sordid history of failure by every single Democrat super-majority voters have elected ever since. When have you heard Senator Monique Limon ever address any of these concerns. Did Assembly Member Michael Bennett get your vote addressing these concerns? Stop the lies, and abject failure we are not forced to now accept in the name of "civil liberties". Reform the Lantern-Petris-Short Act now - take the hand cuffs off the police and put them where they belong - on violent, threatening street people.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 30, 2021 04:15 PM
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We are well beyond the point of no return. Remember by in Feb of 2020, when the elderly couple and their 13-year old grandson were similarly attacked by the young transient couple on State Street? The couple were arrested, released and then less than 2 months later they were re-arrested for the murder of a woman in Santa Cruz. Over 1 year later and nothing has changed. Here's a link to the old Edhat article: https://www.edhat.com/news/two-transients-arrested-for-santa-cruz-murder-following-local-incident

GeneralTree Jul 30, 2021 03:48 PM
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Your saying that local government "liberals" aren't using powers which they don't actually have. Which is a double negative......Reagan took away powers to commit.

Roger Jul 30, 2021 03:25 PM
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I guess he is mentally ill or as the activists would say "Are you sure he is homeless? , he does not look homeless." Any excuse to not lose one cent of a grant. Anyone who threatens a child ought to do hard time.

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 30, 2021 03:16 PM
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Welcome to the new norm.
Where the govt does not actually help. They are more interested in putting money in their pockets and friends pockets and not actually making progress
Our government is going to drive SB into the ground.

biguglystick Jul 31, 2021 02:28 PM
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SBLETSGETALONG: You got THAT right!!! Have you seen some of the bloated salaries and pay packages that the city employees get?! I bet every single one of them own their own million dollar homes here in SB, while lifetime locals cannot afford it.

fitz Jul 30, 2021 02:52 PM
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Of course there is a solution. Zero tolerance. My son's family was accosted by some belligerent homeless guy as they came out of the Arlington after seeing the Nutcracker. It was the same nasty guy we had encountered ourselves in previous weeks to this. The guy was yelling at them 'f.......k you' over and over again. Last time they took the family to State St. And that was 4 years ago.

a-1627685467 Jul 30, 2021 03:51 PM
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Sadly, a lot of families can relate to this experience with their kids. If you know what to expect and what is waiting for you downtown, than you simply avoid it. It's sad that local people have to make that decision, but it's a reality. Out of towners, unless doing their homework before traveling here, don't have that important information to consider, and sometimes get caught up in behavior like this kook here. I haven't taken my family down on State for years now as well - If I am alone it's no problem, but I would rather not subject my wife and young daughter to these clowns. Everyday, when you see clueless people - the "bleeding heart-types" that give $ to the gutter punks on the on and off-ramps, they don't realize it's the very same people who are causing this type of chaos downtown. They have a very well-organized con going and have for a long long time. You think Cathy Murillo is going to do anything at all about this problem? It would be almost comical to think our local gov't will ever do anything.

xpander Jul 30, 2021 01:15 PM
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This will probably be incredibly unpopular, but one of the ways to a solution might be to make it so uncomfortable for these types of homeless (the one's we have all been reading about and dealing with for our most our lives, or at least those of us who were born and raised here) that they may not want to or think twice about pulling this type of crazy s**t. Take a large group of local volunteers (cito rats, pit mafia, mesa rats, northsiders, or anyone willing to help) that are absolutely fed up with this crap and walk State. Think of it as a local "Guardian Angels" that deal with this kind of trash. When innocent people who are just trying to live and enjoy life, have to have theirselves and their kids threatened in this manner it's unacceptable. I feel so bad for anyone with kids who have to experience that kind of crazy.

biguglystick Jul 31, 2021 02:27 PM
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XPANDER: I'm down! Let's do it! If the cops and the city won't clean it up, us locals will! I just heard a story about Oakland's Pothole Vigilantes, who go out under the cover of night and fill up potholes because the roads have been so bad for years and they were fed up with it. We can do the same here, cleaning up and clearing out the homeless camps! Sign me UP.

Andrea Smith Jul 30, 2021 01:12 PM
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I regularly to go: Ventura, Carp, Oxnard, SLO, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Buellton and NEVER do I see so many homeless people if any as I do here in SB. No, it's not the nice weather b/c those places have nice weather too. It's the tolerance by the city and some residents to this and the enabling. Like one poster said, we should be compassionate and sympathetic towards some categories of homeless but not people like this and like the bums. Enough is enough already now a young boy is threatened! When are the normal people in this city finally going to stand up and say ENOUGH

Byzantium Jul 29, 2021 09:05 AM
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Parvo, Agree. Anyone who continues to lump all "homeless together" instead of triaging them as you just stated, should be ignored. We are spending huge amounts in this country on our social welfare programs which do address the "have nots" - those with temporary set backs. Not sure why it is implied we are "doing nothing" for this sub-group population since social welfare programs remain a very large part of our tax payer funded expenses and have been for decades. The new growth areas started after ACLU got the state to close down state care institutions for the mentally impaired subgroup who cannot function outside on their own. But agree, the biggest and newest subgroup - the will nots - the addicts, grifters and con artists who refuse to even enter treatment programs is the group that causes 100% burnout in the rest of us. Target. this group first. They made choices not to conform to general societal rules and standards of public behavior. We owe them nothing and they must be banned from our city limits due to their chronic health and safety abuses against the rest of us that they now represent.

Babycakes Jul 29, 2021 08:40 AM
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The reason why there is a lack of street folks begging near the Aquarium of the Pacific is because....the nearest liquor store is 1 mile away. Most of your homeless hot spots from coast-to-coast are within close proximity to retail businesses that sell alcohol. That's not quite the case at the Ellwood Reserve, but you will notice a constant flow of bicycles between the reserve and the 7-11 on Hollister near Ellwood Shores and/or the liquor store in the Target shopping center. Like bees needing to have their hive in close proximity to flowering plants.

Byzantium Jul 28, 2021 08:55 PM
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There is no upper limit to the numbers of vagrants a small city like Santa Barbara can be forced to handle. Therefore, it is total insanity to even pretend or even mouth the words that we can. Stop trying. Enforce the same laws that are enforced against everyone of for trespass, public camping, open fires, public nuisance and indecent behavior. Any. public care obligation rests entirely with the state of California or the federal government. Refer all cases to either the criminal justice system, state senator Monique Limon's office, state Assemblyman Michael Bennett's office or Congressional Rep Salud Carbajal. Stop playing games. This is not Santa Barbara's duty or obligation to solve. It exceeds our resources as a small town. Stop electing locally those who continue to make excuses, wring their hands and stop electing state and federal officials who entirely shirk their clear duties to get these people off our streets and into state/federal care institutions.Or jail. Let Homeless Inc howl all they want. More importantly let Homeless Inc go broke and pack up shop. Mission accomplished. The torch has been passed to Limon, Bennett and Carbajal. Our little city died trying.

Basicinfo805 Jul 28, 2021 04:32 PM
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Sorry, hit the return button prematurely…

Anyways, SB is a real Mecca for people who aren’t interested in being housed, and I think a lot of us know why. Unfortunately, even more of “us” believe in endless taxpayer dollars getting handed out to no end around here, so there’s no end in sight in the area until we have leaders with different visions about how society should work.

Go ahead ultra liberal subset of us edhatters, hit me with some downvotes. Im ok with it. Just remember the old adage, “you reap what you sow”.

biguglystick Jul 31, 2021 02:21 PM
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FONDOFSB: Clearly you don't understand what the whole "Defund the Police" movement means. It means putting money into social programs that would help tackle and prevent this kind of circumstance in the first place instead of giving hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars to police for them to have revved up state of the art parking meter maid mobiles or Terminator level motorcycles and gear. They don't need that sh!#. We need social programs to tackle these mental issues that land people on the streets in the first place. THAT is what the Defund The Police movement is about.

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