Armed Suspect Arrested in Isla Vista After Short Foot Pursuit

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

At approximately 8:10 p.m. last night, January 1, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a male subject armed with a handgun in the 900 block of Embarcadero Del Mar. The suspect had reportedly been asked to leave a restaurant bar because of his level of intoxication. He then brandished a firearm and reportedly threatened to shoot people. The suspect fled southbound into Anisq’Oyo Park. UCSB Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol responded. They apprehended 24-year-old Anthony Rios of Isla Vista after a short foot pursuit.

Deputies searched the area and located a black backpack in a trashcan that contained a magazine with two rounds of ammunition. A handgun was also located near a dumpster. Rios was arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession of a pistol with an altered or destroyed serial number, criminal threats, brandishing a firearm in a threatening man ner and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

Rios was released today after posting $50,000 bail. Rios does not have any firearms registered to him and its unknown at this time how he came into possession of the firearm he brandished during this incident.


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