Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

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Roberto Buenaventura mug shot and the machete and baseball bat (Photo: Santa Barbara Police Department)
Update by edhat staff
6:00 p.m., July 23, 2018

On Sunday, July 22, 2018 at about 1PM, the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center received several 911 calls reporting two men physically fighting in an alley near the 300 block of West Arrellaga Street. One caller reported that one of the men was armed with a two-foot machete in one hand and a baseball bat in the other.

The sounds of fast-approaching police sirens ended the melee, causing the primary aggressor to retreat toward a nearby apartment complex and barricade himself inside one of the units.  Upon arriving, officers set up a perimeter and started taking witness statements. The main aggressor was tentatively identified as local resident and parolee, Roberto Buenaventura, age 24. Buenaventura was wanted for parole violations and a felony assault warrant from a previous incident.

Officers rapidly determined that due to his aggressive behavior and history of violence, Buenaventura posed a significant threat to the community and officers.  At approximately 2:45 PM both the SBPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Crisis Negotiations Response (CNRT) teams were activated.

Officers conducted evacuations of surrounding apartments and provided shelter in place instructions for residents of other nearby units. A CNRT Sergeant realized that the suspect’s mother was communicating with the suspect via phone, and was thus able to gain communication with him.

Buenaventura was ordered to exit the residence and surrender.

After a tense standoff, Buenaventura eventually realized he was in a no-win situation due to the SWAT Team members taking up tactical positions outside his apartment. At approximately 5:30 PM, Buenaventura peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody by SWAT officers without the need for use of force.

He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for felony use of a weapon, being a known felon participating in a local criminal street gang, disturbing the peace, and for his outstanding parole warrant and other violations.

The incident remains under investigation.


Update by edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 23, 2018

One man was arrested for attempting to fight someone with a machete in the 300 block of Arrellaga on Sunday.

Santa Barbara Police received calls about the incident around 11:00 a.m., but before they arrived on the scene the suspect fled into a nearby apartment complex.

The SWAT team and a Police Bearcat responded as the suspect refused to come out of the building. Eventually, the suspect exited the building and was arrested without incident.

A video of the incident was posted by KEYT News:


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
1:01 p.m., July 22, 2018

A person involved in a fight near 313 West Arrellaga with a machete. SBPD is responding code 3 lights and sirens.

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sbmh2015 Jul 22, 2018 11:05 PM
Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

Roger is reporting on this event and I'm always grateful for the information. But WHY is going on with all the down votes on his reports. 18 comments deleted in total and now we can't see what happened. EDHAT...can you please do something about the"down" voting option ?

FondofSB Jul 22, 2018 07:50 PM
Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

Santa Barbara is rapidly following the "glorious" path of S.F. where homeless people defecate in full view of passerbys, urinate on them and where you have to jump over needles littering the sidewalk. And all of this behavior is glorified and encourages by "city elders" who feel "great" about having encouraged these kinds of totally deviant behavior and do everything to make law abiding and civilized people feel that they are a plague in this country and are responsible for all the ills in the society. Good luck to this city which is very quickly going down the drain !!

Factotum Jul 23, 2018 12:38 PM
Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

City elders need to know you have their back when they use regulations and enforcement to stop this behavior. Are you ready to go to bat for them or let them get shouted down by the "social justice" crowd.... again.

Roger Jul 22, 2018 05:18 PM
Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

Making entry. Checking the patio, "Signs of Hypo needle use on the patio be careful "says one officer...Code 3 life the code 33 (Emergency Transmissions only) All is Well Roger over and Out...

Roger Jul 22, 2018 05:10 PM
Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

Going to conduct an interior search of apartment 11 I believe this is the apartment of the man who was armed with the machete. This was an ongoing issue other neighbors had been calling about this subject before in fear.

Roger Jul 22, 2018 01:18 PM
Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident

Every landlord in the world just wants to rent to people that get along my Landlord was that way one rotten egg can spoil the whole bunch...SBPD still looking for the other party involved in the fight.

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