Police Arrest Machete Wielding Parolee Without Incident
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
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:
A person involved in a fight near 313 West Arrellaga with a machete. SBPD is responding code 3 lights and sirens.