Man Arrested for Assaulting La Cumbre Plaza Employee
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at approximately 6 P.M. several Santa Barbara Police Officers and Santa Barbara Fire personnel responded to the vicinity of La Cumbre Plaza Mall for a report of an assault-in-progress at a store within the mall.
The initial investigation concluded that a suspect, now identified as Marshal Anthony Coates, age 50, behaved erratically outside the store then entered the business with a lone-employee. That employee sensed danger and attempted to immediately retreat. However, the approximately 6’3”, 250 pound Coates advanced toward the victim and an unprovoked violent assault ensued. The victim was eventually able to exit the confines of the store and seek help from an adjoining business. By-standers then called 911.
Subsequently, Coates still in the area and matching the description provided by witnesses, was taken into custody without incident.
The victim, who was medically assisted by Fire was eventually transported to the hospital. The victim and the attacker had no prior relationship.
As a part of this active, ongoing investigation, patrol officers and detectives looked into the suspect’s background, including his behavior and activity earlier in the day and week.
Through additional witness interviews and background investigation, detectives concluded that the suspect entered the store not only to assault the victim, but with the intent to commit a sexual assault.
There is also evidence that the suspect forcefully prevented the victim from calling for help. His booking was amended to reflect additional/modified charges. The investigation into this violent attack continues. The Police Department has requested the subject be held without the opportunity for bail.
Thus far felony charges include:
- Assault with intent to commit rape
- Assault with a deadly weapon with Great Bodily Injury
- Second Degree Burglary
- Dissuading a victim with force or fear
- Criminal threats that terrorize
- False imprisonment
- Kidnapping for ransom
Santa Barbara Police are seeking an assault suspect in the 3800 Block of State Street. The suspect is a Black Male Adult (BMA) wearing jeans and a grey shirt. This might be the same suspect from the indecent exposure earlier today.