Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

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The owner of Vegan GreenGo has been charged with soliciting the murder of his ex-girlfriend, a judge, and two Sheriff's employees, reports the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Tyler David Beerman, 33 of Santa Barbara, was charged in April with 10 felony counts, including three counts of solicitation of murder, inducing false testimony by threat, and dissuading a witness. His girlfriend, Gissel Castano Diaz, is also charged with one count of solicitation of murder, dissuading a witness and destroying or concealing evidence.

Tyler David Beerman (courtesy Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office)

Beerman and Diaz were charged in December 2018 with stalking Beerman's ex-girlfriend. Beerman was also caught on surveillance cameras at the house of a Sheriff’s Lieutenant involved in the stalking case.

It's also alleged that while in jail Beerman agreed to pay another inmate $20,000 to kill his ex-girlfriend, specifically by placing explosives in her car so it would explode while she was inside. He also allegedly agreed to pay $40,000 to “hit” a Sheriff's Lieutenant as well as a detective because he thought the detective was in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, according to the News-Press.

The inmate was arrested shortly after being released from prison and confessed to law enforcement who planted a recording device that taped conversations with Beerman, corroborating the story. The inmate and an undercover detective then met with Diaz who confirmed the victim's vehicle and agreed to pay $4,000 upfront, reports News-Press.

Several weeks later a second inmate claimed Beerman wanted to kill Judge Von Deroian who previously presided over Beerman's case.

Beerman and Diaz will appear for hearing on January 15, 2020. Beerman is currently being held without bail while Diaz is currently out on bail.

The vegan Mexican restaurant located at 3613 State Street opened in 2018 and has been visited by several celebrities embracing the Vegan lifestyle. It's unknown if the business is still operational.

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PitMix Nov 26, 2019 01:30 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

Vegans are such easy targets, is it really worth the time and effort to think of something sort of clever to say? By the way, just because he ran that business, doesn't mean he necessarily embraced the life style. Some people are just out to make a buck.

a-1581979856 Nov 25, 2019 07:30 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

HA! Good story for a sick sense of humor. Especially when I'm mad at the world for burning in my front yard. I used to go to Rudy's regularly. I live a few blocks away; must soon go see if the restaurant is open. There's been several there in the last few years: previous was the poke shop, right? Who can keep track.

Flicka Nov 25, 2019 07:16 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

Why would you worry about an ex-girlfriend? With a new one, sounds like the breakup was a while ago. Just carrying a grudge? Someone mentioned the ex might know too much, possibility. This guy sounds like a very angry man.

REX OF SB Nov 25, 2019 03:10 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

Beerman was charged in APRIL and this is only just now being reported? This is quite disturbing. What else aren't we being told? No wonder so many people are having trouble accepting the validity of today's news media.

pstarSR Nov 26, 2019 07:22 AM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

Read it you tin foil weirdos, guy was arrested and while in jail threatened to murder peopke, more than once! The inmate he told it to was released, rearrested and thats when they told the police of the murder plot, the FIRST one! Then he did it again with another cellmate. Reading comprehension is your friend

a-1581979856 Nov 25, 2019 02:20 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

If this guy has been in jail for months how is this place still open ? who is paying the employees? Does he have a partner ? If not maybe there are more people involved that are on the outside. Been there once and good food but didn't think it made that kinda money.

a-1581979856 Nov 25, 2019 06:30 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

He does have a business partner. I feel like it's possibly a money laundering business as I have never seen it that busy. The guy was probably involved in some other things. Maybe the reason he was stalking his ex was because she knew too much? It's always a possibility..

a-1581979856 Nov 25, 2019 11:59 AM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

Exes can really hurt one’s feelings. But to take out a hit like this? I hope the ex is able to move on and enjoy her renewed lease on life ———-After she testifies and helps put Beerman and his new squeeze away for a long long while.

a-1581979856 Nov 25, 2019 07:27 PM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

What the?? You make it sound like it might be reasonable payback. Oh, poor little man's feelings. Suck it up. A relationship ended. His alleged crime is despicable, no matter who he's trying to kill.

Yeti Nov 25, 2019 11:04 AM
Local Restaurant Owner Charged with Soliciting Murder

Wow.. Lucky for us, most criminals are complete idiots..this guy included! 10 felonies and placing hits on law enforcement officials will send him away for a long time. Adios!

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