Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

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Update by edhat staff
November 18, 2020

It's now believed Jewel died at Campus Point from a suspected heart attack following an altercation, The Independent reported on Wednesday.

Jewel was walking in the Campus Point area with his wife and their dog last Thursday around 5:15 p.m. when he reportedly got into an altercation with another man. Initial police scanner reports state there was a reported fight in that area.

The Independent stated sources close to Jewel confirmed he died of a heart attack directly on the beach during the confrontation. This has not been confirmed by officials. 

Bren School Dean Steven Gaines stated Jewel's death was tragic and a devastating loss as he was a "gracious soul."

This is a developing story.


Campus Point Victim Identified as UCSB Employee

By edhat staff
November 17, 2020

Officials have released the name of the man who died at Campus Point on Thursday prompting a widespread search for a possible murder suspect.

The victim was 52-year-old Geoff Jewel who worked as a help desk manager at Bren Hall in UC Santa Barbara's School for Environmental Science and Management. Jewel worked as a computer network technologist for the university since February 1996.

Around 5:15 p.m. on November 12, edhat scanner reporters heard of a possible fight and then a large police presence at Campus Point which led to a search for a homicide suspect. First responders discovered Jewel on the ground near the bluffs who passed away after life-saving efforts were administered. 

UCSB Police sent out several campuswide notifications stating an assault with a deadly weapon had taken place and officers were searching for a  white male adult in his early 40s, ashen-brown hair, 3-day growth of beard, medium build, 6ft tall, wearing a dark blue hoodie, blue jeans, carrying a brown guitar. 

At 8:30 p.m., UCSB Police stated the suspect had been detained and there was no longer a threat to the community. That suspect, now described as a person of interest, was released shortly after being detained and is currently not facing any charges.

An autopsy was completed on Monday but details have yet to be released. The investigation is ongoing with Jewel's death labeled as suspicious.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is urged to contact UCSB Police at 805-893-3446.

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a-1605663203 Nov 17, 2020 05:33 PM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

"That suspect, now described as a person of interest, was released shortly after being detained and is currently not facing any charges." ???? Seriously?

Basicinfo805 Nov 17, 2020 07:00 PM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

Sounds like we'll all have to wait to hear what really happened here, and the longer it takes for officials to say something more skeptical we'll be of their statement?

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 17, 2020 10:09 PM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

The DA was photographed visiting the location with a sergeant this weekend (via Noozhawk). It seems that they are deliberating charging the person of interest and probably don't want to taint the potential jury pool. It sounds like this was a disagreement between two individuals and not a full out attack for no good reason, and as such I'll bet the person of interest is saying he was defending himself and there may even be witnesses who will back that up. Because the victim is a UCSB employee who was killed on UCSB property (not necessarily during the course of work) this may be putting pressure on the DA to charge the person of interest with something at the minimum and then give it to a jury to figure out. That way the DA is protecting UC interests, looks tough on crime and the person get a trial by his peers, assuming he's local and not of the transient variety. The latter may weigh negatively on him with many potential jurors.

bosco Nov 18, 2020 12:19 PM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

That sounds about right. It appears the DA does not have enough evidence to charge anyone. If there are no witnesses to the actual fall then the suspect can claim just about anything (self defense, accident, etc.) and he may be right. Regardless of the cause of the fall, it definitely appears like whatever interaction occurred between the victim and suspect eventually led to the death. If the suspect ends up being identified as a transient (which seems possible since he was eventually located in the IV camp) this needs to be highlighted as a risk caused by the presence of homeless camps in the community. The UCSB/IV community should be up in arms about the acceptance of this camp. And so should every community seeing camps go unregulated. The COVID excuse needs to stop.

seahorse Nov 18, 2020 09:36 AM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

Somewhere it was reported that the dispute arose over an incident with a dog.
If this is logged as a murder it will make UCSB statistically one of the most violent campuses in the UC system.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 18, 2020 04:53 PM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

People have been charge for causing a heart attack, such as during a robbery, though I'm not sure what the outcome of those charges typically are, because whether or not you can prove that to a jury is a whole separate thing. Certainly a civil suit has a better chance, but what the benefit is pursuing that legal avenue escapes me, unless the person of interests is a millionaire and the victim has dependents. Here's an example from 2012: “That particular action [the robbery] caused him stress, which caused him to have a heart attack,” Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained (https://fox8.com/news/robber-charged-with-murder-after-victim-suffers-heart-attack/)

Roger Nov 18, 2020 03:59 PM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

Reported as heard over the scanner right after the incident, what ever that incident might have been at that time incident was reported as ADW and Homicide suspect.

JoeSixPack Nov 19, 2020 08:15 AM
Campus Point Death May Be Due to Heart Attack

I’m confused with all of this…
Did the altercation start on the bluffs (cliff)?
He was discovered deceased on the beach (with a heart attack).
What actually occurred where?
What am I missing?

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