Man Arrested for Shoving Trump Supporter at East Beach
By edhat staff
The man caught on camera for shoving a Trump supporter by East Beach last weekend has turned himself in and was arrested by police.
Scott J. Manser, 32 years old, voluntarily came into the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) at 10:30 a.m. Friday with his attorney to turn himself in. The SBPD report stated Manser is from Los Angeles, but he's been established in Santa Barbara for a while.
Manser previously co-owned the now-closed Champagne Room bar on W. Haley Street. While his Facebook page lists him as a co-owner of The Shop Kitchen on Milpas Street, the owners of the restaurant state he has not been affiliated with the business since 2014.
Manser was captured on video Halloween day for shoving a man involved in a Trump parade and grabbing his hat and an American flag. Police quickly responded to the scene and Manser fled towards the beach. SBPD then issued a statement with photos and videos of the incident asking for information.
The SBPD investigation determined that Manser was also involved in three hit and run collisions in the area of North Milpas and East Anapamu Streets prior to the incident at East Beach.
Around 12:15 p.m. on October 31, Manser drove his silver Land Rover SUV over a curb and into the front of residential properties hitting objects before fleeing the area. His vehicle sustained major damage and was found abandoned in the area of East De La Guerra and North Milpas Street.
A few hours later, at about 3:20 p.m., several citizens called in about a suspect who was verbally harassing people on East Beach at 1300 E. Cabrillo Blvd. This was where Manser shoved a man after taking his hat and flag fore fleeing the area.
Scott Manser (Photo: SBPD)
After an “assistance request” by SBPD was released to the public and media, numerous citizens called in to identify the assault suspect as Manser. He was also suspected to be involved in the triple hit and run that had occurred several hours before the battery. Santa Barbara Police Department Officers and Detectives investigated further and obtains warrants for his arrest before Manser turned himself in.
Manser was arrested and booked without incident at the Santa Barbara County Jail for three counts of Misdemeanor Hit & Run, one count Felony Theft from a Person, and one count Felony Battery.
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