Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On Tuesday, August 16, Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney Layla Arshi secured a plea agreement for Kenneth Riley to spend 32 months in prison for his May crime. 

On Thursday, May 10th at approximately 11:30 P.M., patrol officers responded to a report of a suspicious male subject in the Granada parking garage elevator. 

Officers responded and contacted Kenneth Riley Jr., age 35.   Riley was evasive in questioning and found to be in possession of an illegally-concealed knife.  An investigation yielded elevator video that showed the suspect lurking in the elevator concealing himself in the corner of the elevator as he was peering outside the open door – with a knife behind his back.

While Riley was evasive in questioning at first, when confronted with the existence of video evidence, he provided an altered suspicious account.  He was subsequently arrested for felony charges relating to the knife.  

 

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a-1553545637 Aug 28, 2018 01:33 PM
Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

Sounds like he needed a better lawyer. As Horsegirl implies, his lawyer should have cleared the air by repeating, again and again, that "He thought he was going to be attached, the elevator provided some protection, and his story changed as he was very nervous when confronted by the police"...

a-1553545637 Aug 28, 2018 02:56 PM
Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

...plus he had apples, cheese, and a baguette in his backpack because he was simply having a picnic in the elevator....the concealed stabbing dirk was needed to slice the cheese, apples and so on...

horsegirl Aug 28, 2018 02:29 PM
Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

do you know something we don’t when you say he should have cleared the air? Do you know that he was running from someone? Genuinely curious not being snarky

a-1553545637 Aug 28, 2018 01:39 PM
Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

No Horsegirl, I just want you to come out and admit you don't know the circumstances better than any of us. You are assuming, based on "facts" from other commenters. I don't know what happened or why he did it or what his priors were or what he was actually charged with. That's why I asked.

horsegirl Aug 28, 2018 01:33 PM
Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

You really want to give the benefit of the doubt to a person hiding in an elevator at night with a large knife who has previously violently attacked someone with a deadly weapon in order to commit robbery?

a-1553545637 Aug 28, 2018 01:31 PM
Felon Sentenced for Hiding in Elevator with Knife

He has prior felony charges of attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, great bodily injury in the commission of a felony, and more. The charges in this case are possession of concealed dirk or dagger with enhancements of prior prison sentences and second felony strike

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