Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On March 8, 2022, around 7:00 pm, the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communication Center received a report from a Harbor Patrol Officer about an unknown type of explosive device that was ignited inside local restaurant located at in the 100 block of Harbor Way. Police Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

During the investigation, and from watching surveillance footage from inside the restaurant, officers learned a male subject walked out of the restroom and threw an unknown object near the kitchen. A bright flash could be observed from the object that was thrown by the subject. Upon further inspection it was learned the item thrown was a flash-bang that is similarly used by trained law enforcement and military personnel to create sound and light diversions.

After the flash-bang detonated, the subject, identified as Eric Carl Strand, a 55-year-old Goleta resident, returned to the table where he was eating. Witnesses were able to identify Strand and pointed him out to officers.

Probable cause was established to arrest Strand. He was taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail where he was booked for Maliciously and Recklessly Possessing a Destructive or Explosive Device (felony) and Exploding or Igniting a Destructive Device (felony). Strand’s bail was set at $500,000.

No one reported any injuries during this incident and the motive is unknown at this time. This case is still under investigation.

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Babycakes Mar 09, 2022 03:00 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

$500,000 for lighting a firecracker? Seems that is a bit excessive amount to me. I know that type of firework is loud, but it is not going to kill anyone (unless they swallow it!).

Alexblue Mar 09, 2022 06:39 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

BABYCAKES, you really should consider just shutting up once in a while.

An explosive device of that magnitude inside is no joke, it's not a "firework" it's designed to incapacitate people for a period of time. Now imagine that happens with a small child or someone with medical issued nearby. What a god damn jackass.

sacjon Mar 09, 2022 06:44 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

Baby - or they have a heart condition (https://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/29/nyregion/city-to-pay-1.6-million-in-fatal-mistaken-raid.html) or it ignites a fire, burning the patrons alive. https://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/county-pays-million-to-survivors-of-man-killed-by-swat/article_f5e1a254-08fd-11e3-b623-001a4bcf6878.html

"Firecracker" indeed..... How out of touch can you get?

Babycakes Mar 11, 2022 07:00 AM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

My comment was that the bail was quite excessive and for that, apparently, I am a moron, jackass, troll, idiot, etc. For comparison......from the SBSO:

"Goleta, Ca. – As part of the ongoing investigation into a gang related attempt homicide that occurred in Goleta on March 6, 2020, ................18-year-old Miguel Angel Arizmendi was contacted and ultimately arrested for participation in a gang (felony), assault with a deadly weapon (felony), and accessory charges for his part in the attempt homicide (felony). He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $100,000."

Let's see:
- Attempted homicide by known gang member bail = $100,000
- Dodo-bird tosses flash bang into a restaurant bail = $500,000

sacjon Mar 11, 2022 12:22 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

DUKE - really? "Firecracker" was the key word leading to the pushback. As for bail, it's not just the crime that is considered in establishing the bail amount. Further, did you guys even read the article about the gang charges? The 100K bail guy was only charged as an accessory to the attempted homicide. The guy who actually was charged with "Attempted homicide" (unlike Baby incorrectly states at 7:00am) was hit with $1 MILLION bail. It's important to read the words in the articles.

Alexblue Mar 11, 2022 12:25 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

Duke, because Babcakes loves to dismiss and minimize to get reactions.

A flash bang is not a "firecracker", claiming it can only kill you if you "swallow it" is just so idiotic.

Is the bail high? Sure. Is Babycakes high? It would be a good explanation.

dukemunson Mar 11, 2022 12:58 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

Sac - As I stated...500k jumps out as seemingly high. As per the felony bail schedule below vehicular manslaughter is 100k, Human Traficking is 100k to 200k, Assault with a firearm on a police office is 100k, rape if victim is under 14 is 250k, arson causing great bodily injury is 250k, grand theft over 1 million is 120k.

Basicinfo805 Mar 09, 2022 08:43 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

Holy cow, what a clown move. I don’t like their service either but Jesus Christ, anyone who does that needs to be evaluated for mental illness and likely stew in jail for a long while.

Lucky 777 Mar 10, 2022 09:35 AM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

OK, so why wouldn't the PD press release say which restaurant it happened in? It is unlikely it was Brophy's since the bathroom for that complex is downstairs and there is no kitchen in the small annex below the restaurant proper. And in what mentally ill scenario does he explode it and then sit back down to finish his meal after scaring everyone in there half to death. So many questions.

a-1646944361 Mar 10, 2022 12:32 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

2 of 3 local news sites I regularly check out say it was Brophy's. Location questions come down to the phrasing of the press release, not that they need to specify he came back up the stairs. Maybe we'll hear from a witness. There is just nothing to say about the craziness and stupidity of this act, I'm speechless.

Luvaduck Mar 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

It was a premeditated act by a 55 year-old man. He can't claim he was drunk (as if that's ever a defense.) He planned it, had time to think about it and still thought it was a good idea and isn't an adolescent. His brain (such as it is) is fully developed.

EastBeach Mar 10, 2022 01:32 PM
Goleta Man Detonates Flash-Bang at Harbor Restaurant

The PD's press release says "100 block of Harbor Way". That means it could be any of the restaurants by the breakwater. The Harbor Restaurant's address is 210 Stearns Wharf.

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