Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On October 12, 2021, at 3:30pm, Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 900 block of State Street. Witnesses in the area stated a male suspect had approached a family of 4 visiting Santa Barbara and started verbally assaulting them. The family, which consisted of two juveniles, attempted to flee the area in hopes of walking away from the belligerent suspect, however the suspect continued to pursue them northbound on State Street. Eventually the family was able to flee from the suspect near the intersection of State Street and Canon Perdido Street.

The investigation revealed the suspect, identified as Mark Anthony Smith, a 57-year-old transient, had unprovokedly been yelling slurs at the family based on their clothing and perceived nationality. Smith then had focused his assault on one of the adolescents. Witnesses and the family felt if they did not actively flee the area, Smith would physically harm them.

Based on witness descriptions, Smith was located near the intersection of State Street and Canon Perdido Street where he was placed under arrest. During the arrest, Smith battered an Officer. The Officer was not injured. 

Smith was booked for Felony Hate Crime Threats, and Misdemeanor Battery on an Officer. Smith was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail with $10,000 bail.

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ger8t Oct 14, 2021 01:32 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

We need more police patrolling downtown. I live and work downtown and rarely see police. I used to ride my bike on state street about 3 times a day (Arrellaga to Cabrillo). In the morning, you see people waking up on the bench in front of the museum. People panhandling and milling about McDonalds. People camping in the entry way of stores not yet open. People yelling. There are numerous people partying on State and Canon Perdido. In the afternoon, state becomes a pinball machine. Flashing red lights on State from Sola to Carrillo. Pedestrians and bike riders sail through the flashing red lights while cars wait patiently. Losers on bikes popping wheelies and heading right at people and other bikers. Cussing and screaming at anyone who tells them to watch out. Several times a week and at different times of the day, there are random people walking State yelling, cussing and screaming. Now, I ride down Anacapa to get to Cabrillo and bypass State.

SBTownie Oct 14, 2021 02:40 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

I'm a bicyclist who rides on State regularly and I concur with you regarding the bicyclists. I am really hoping that their irresponsibility and disregard for civil society won't mean bicycling gets banned from State. I have really enjoyed having a safe thoroughfare to the water. There is one older guy in particular who I think might be homeless and he constantly does figure 8s and crazy wheelies and he takes over the entire street and refuses to acknowledge other cyclists. I've had to stop by bike dead in its tracks numerous times because he was just proceeding to jerk all over the place and nearly crashed into me (also refuses eye contact).

ZeroHawk Oct 15, 2021 12:36 PM
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i also live and work downtown. You are so off it's comical. There are two cops walking the beat downtown, there are two motorcycle cops riding up and down state daily ( i personally know them both and they stop by our business). There is also, what I call the Morning Wake Up truck, a police truck that drives down state every morning waking them up and telling them to leave. As for kids doing wheelies. Are you not able to move? I ride my bike to and from work 5 days a week. I ride right through the wheelie boys and give them an air high five. i see them do stupid things, sure, but guess what? I've also heard them time and again apologizing to people including myself. They also mainly congregate around Ortega and State. There is a greater problem with foolish pedestrians walking in the middle of the clearly marked bike path on state, staring at their phone and forcing the cyclists to swerve out of the lane which causes problems. I watched a bike cop cit a pedestrian for impeding traffic. no joke. so anyways, i'm not sure which downtown and State street that you're refering to, but it must not be the same one i have lived near and worked on for the past decade. Nice way to fluff up your complaint...over exaggerate on the problem much?

ger8t Oct 16, 2021 12:56 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

"i also live and work downtown. You are so off it's comical."
That is what I see.

'There is a greater problem with foolish pedestrians walking in the middle of the clearly marked bike path on state, staring at their phone and forcing the cyclists to swerve out of the lane which causes problems."
Agree.
"Nice way to fluff up your complaint...over exaggerate on the problem much?"
No exaggeration, just reporting what I see.

You seem to be angry. Anyway, you can have the last word.

Transparent Oct 14, 2021 12:39 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

This needs to stop. I am so tired of folks pretending that we just need to open our hearts a little more to fix this nonsense. It's going to result in a tragedy.

Support programs exist. If folks don't want to avail themselves of those opportunities, as some point you can't keep taking money away from our schools and parks. What we are doing now is attracting and enabling.

It's so often rich folks in their "well patrolled" neighborhoods telling us to be more compassionate. Kids in my neighborhood can't safely walk to school. In a City Council meeting about the arson fire that nearly burned down the Westside, one member even said she could see it "from her view on the Riviera" ... and "It was scary." Hilarious. You can't write this stuff. One Council Member suggested the gesture of using the City Hall lot for folks to camp. How brave to offer a building that you have to walk in/out of maybe twice a week. Courage! Who cares about the people who live by there, or the tourists that actually fund the jobs/economy for working class Santa Barbarans.

So tired of this. We now have kids getting assaulted on State Street. So sad in its predictability.

sbsunshine Oct 14, 2021 08:04 PM
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Agree. One thing that the bleeding hearts need to accept is that these people are CHOOSING this for their life. Their body, their choice. With choices are consequences. But the bleeding hearts given them "clean needles" from OUR tax dollars. So, this co-dependent behavior allows those choosing self-destructive behavior to keep on doing it. I was in San Fran a couple weeks ago and saw a whole group in public using on the street and who walked by but two young ladies holding plastic needle bins feeling all good about themselves. In that moment it really struck me that this is an ultra sick cycle...the people using are sick and the people thinking they are "helping" them are sick. Ultimately, the answer resides in exiting from this cycle with a higher plan. We need innovative, disruptive thinking that truly changes things. There are some programs on the east coast that appear to be working.

Luvaduck Oct 15, 2021 08:54 AM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Strickly economic: Clean needles are cheaper to the public than treating them the rest of their lives for disabilities dirty ones give them: Dialysis for kidney failure, Hepatitus C complications, etc. They eventually end up in ERs and from there into nursing homes.

Byzantium Oct 15, 2021 10:44 AM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Honoring choices made instead of rescuing revolving door dysfunction is the better path. to take. These are not cries for help, because help is already there and has been repeatedly rejected. Three strikes on one is finally out. Play ball. It is honorable to let people go, when this is finally their own choice. Karma and the wheel of life absorbs this way of thinking as enlightened and humane. Grace comes with the dignity of personal choice. Continual rescuing is a con-game.

sacjon Oct 14, 2021 01:00 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

The problem with allowing the homeless a safe place to camp is that most of them won't stay there all day. The gutter punks are still going to lounge around State street "making money." The addicts will still be around parks looking to score or get high. I've been pretty vocal about not "rounding them up" and sending them away to camps, but unless a shelter is moved and they are transported FAR from downtown, we will continue to have to deal with this. More cops patrolling maybe? It's tough. You can't just preemptively arrest or move them. We NEED to clean it up downtown though. Maybe we crack down on the begging "travelers" and addicts/drunks, while moving those who want shelter away from the downtown area. It's beyond time to do something though. It's awful down there and someone is going to get really hurt. SB Mayor needs to act.

Getoffmylawn Oct 14, 2021 01:36 PM
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I was around the safe parking lot on Carrillo and Castillo yesterday. What a frigging mess! People use the parking lot and a peeing and pooping area. Drugs and drug dealers. 95 percent of people parking there Stay there all day loiter and do drugs. Hispanic man with braided pony tail was so high on meth or herion it was really sad.
This parking lot doesn't seem to help anyone except keep RVs from getting tickets on the street.

Andrea Smith Oct 14, 2021 02:16 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Does anyone remember when that father was stabbed in the neck in Ventura, near the pier I think while he was out to dinner with his family or son, eating outside, by a transient? Just a matter of time before it happens here. And personally I think if/when it does the city needs to face liability for not doing anything about this plague for this long, blindly turning a negligent eye to it.

SBTownie Oct 14, 2021 02:26 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Yeah, we experienced a guy loading his imaginary shotgun and firing it at us while we sat at the old Hook & Press a few months ago... That was a nice, wholesome Sunday morning for the fam.

Transparent Oct 14, 2021 04:32 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Yep, there was also a completely crazy incident in Palo Alto just a little bit ago where a teenage girl was stabbed multiple times (lucky to be alive) by a completely psychotic vagrant.

bosco Oct 14, 2021 04:46 PM
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Does anyone know if that incident caused any substantial changes in Ventura? I'm curious because I've said it numerous times that it will take someone being killed to make any real change. However, my guess is that even a brutal incident like that may not trigger any real effective change.

SBTownie Oct 14, 2021 02:36 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Check out Seattle Is Dying (available on YouTube) and its follow up documentary from this year. Shocking stuff. I just got delivery of the new book San Fran-Sicko and have read about 30 pages so far. It's pretty clear that a few things don't work:
1) The neoliberal model of decentralizing responsibility and roles, resulting in the non-profit industrial complex: an army of dozens of local non-profits with little accountability or oversight
2) Progressive policies I used to support when I was younger (much like the author of San Fran-Sicko) like decriminalization of hardcore drugs, etc. This is not working. Any supporters are free to explain to me how allowing people to shoot up in public is good for anyone, especially those who are addicts. It's one thing if you want to support something like forced in-patient treatment programs, but just allowing open-air drug use is seriously insane.
3) I never supported decriminalization of crime like theft, etc. but this is another part of "criminal justice reform" that is infecting our society leading to people committing crazy crimes and not even going to jail for it. Stuff like raising the level of misdemeanor theft to being able to steal nearly $1000 worth of stuff is crazy. I was at CVS on Calle Real a couple of months ago and due to these policies you cannot even buy a $2 nail file anymore without having to ask a clerk to come unlock it. It was crazy.

sbdude Oct 14, 2021 04:28 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

The only way to truly stop the homeless problem is to violate their civil rights and force them into residential treatment programs against their wills. I am not talking about the temporarily down and out who are well served by the many services available to them, I am referring to the very public substance abusers and mentally ill folks we see on the streets.

sacjon Oct 14, 2021 04:39 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

SBDUDE - there has to be another way. How to other cities deal with the addicts and mentally ill? I was in Long Beach last week again for work and the waterfront area is pristine compared to ours. No homeless camping or just laying out all over. There was clean grassy areas where families were hanging out. Same story in many other beach side towns. Why do we have such a problem with them down town and along East/West beaches? How do we "clean up" downtown without hauling them off to camps or asylums?

Byzantium Oct 14, 2021 04:56 PM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

The only way is to get new state legislators, who actually care about this and work hard to reform the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, (LPSA) because its current application is not working. Nor is the unaudited mess of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) - passed decades ago, which is wasting billions of tax dollars every year. Real state legislators who cared about the destruction of their communities would have done this long ago. But our string of machine politic legislators let this problem grow out of hand and held no one accountable for the failed LPSA legislation and the misdirected MHSA funds. That means Limon and Bennet now, but H-B Jackson and Das Williams blew this necessary reform for too long as well. We have been very badly served for decades by our elected state representatives. They can do something, but they refuse. They do not deserve re-election.

SBTownie Oct 14, 2021 05:11 PM
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Jon, a few things we can do are enforce sit and lie rules and then make it so they cannot camp anywhere. The courts have ruled that we cannot tell people they cannot camp on public property unless we can offer them reasonable alternative accommodation, but what we can do is make it so people cannot leave tents up anywhere during the day, have campsites, leave their shopping carts filled with junk, etc. This would cause things to get a lot harder for the vagrants and they would not have the luxury of camping all over which eventually could spur many of them to leave town to go places like LA or SF where they can do that.

SBTownie Oct 14, 2021 05:12 PM
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Sorry if i wasn't being clear. I just reread what I wrote. What I mean is we cannot stop them from camping in say a park OVERNIGHT, but we can stop them from camping there 24/7 and if they have to clean up their camp site every single day then it's a lot harder to camp LONGTERM.

Luvaduck Oct 15, 2021 08:34 AM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Asylums are EXACTLY what's needed. Not 18th century Bedlam, movie sensationalism or abuse, but places where identifiably mentally ill can be placed with or without their consent to be clean, fed healthful food, diagnosed, treated, medicated or detoxed and be safe, as much for themselves as for others. Wounded/sick brains need treatment just as bodies do, even if the wounds are self-inflicted. Nothing is more of a handicap than a disabled brain; no one is left to bleed to death b/c he essentually can't give consent to be treated. Family and friends can't deal with this. Homelessness and theft are only survival side-effects. The issue isn't homelessness.

sacjon Oct 15, 2021 10:33 AM
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LUVADUCK - actually a good point. We admit and treat injured people in the hospital when they are physically incapacitated and unable to consent, so why can't we admit the mentally ill who are so far gone they can't effectively give consent? I mean, we can do a 5150 hold for 72 hours, but nothing more. Civil rights, I get it, but how is it "civil" to allow people to roam the streets who are completely detached from reality?

Eggs Ackley Oct 15, 2021 10:52 AM
Transient Arrested for Hate Crime and Battery on Officer

Santa Barbara rolled over and let the terrorists win a long time ago. Populace only take thumbs out of rears long enough to wring hands. Human rights and no accountability and a myopic vision of what society can achieve. Just set the bar so low that even a sloppy drunk who’s crapped in the doorway can still crawl over it while pushing himself.
Need to dip the city in hand sanitizer.

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