Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

On Thursday, October 18, at about 3:47 PM, SMPD responded to a convalescent home in the Santa Maria city limits to a threats report. Employees reported that 56 year old Nipomo resident, Robert Clement, called and yelled profanities over more than one call before threatening to go to the business and "shoot up the place." Clement was angry over his perceived lack of care for his elderly mother by staff. The victim immediately called 911 out of fear that Clement would follow through. Clement did in fact have firearms registered to him. 

Officers obtained search and arrest warrants for Clement, who lives in Nipomo in a trailer on his brother's property. With assistance from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department, SMPD officers conducted a tactical arrest operation and took Clement into custody without incident. Several firearms were collected and booked into evidence, and Clement was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

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a-1571343911 Oct 31, 2018 03:23 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

It's all about how rich you are. Can you afford in-home care? Or will you pay out everything to assist yourself and still be alive? Then you'll be warehoused. Yes, there are good places. But they cost. Thank goodness my parents were able to avoid it. I intend to check out before I get to that state. You all realize the other demographic shift, not the brown one? Our state's and nation's aging!

RHS Oct 22, 2018 09:43 AM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

Thank goodness we have gun registration laws so the cops could check out the likelihood of this guy making good on his threats. One suspects he would not be so braggadocios if he didn't have firearms around. Or maybe he has them because he is a braggart and bully.

a-1571343911 Oct 21, 2018 03:06 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

Crossing my fingers that we don't ever go into any of these (right ages, though). In home is where we will try to stay and have care, as much as possible, in our home. Your descriptions frightened me. I guess that's good. Thanks for information. There's obviously much I don't know.

a-1571343911 Oct 31, 2018 04:19 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

You do sound as if you have some studying and thinking and talking to do. I totally support you. And anyone looking at these issues. In general, start with 5 Wishes and economic and health Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives, if you have anyone who would serve in those capacities. And financial estate planning, of course. Even if you have so little, make a will, for the sake of those left behind. If not, look into a fiduciary to handle your affairs. More detailed health care directives can be found in a POLST, Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (has several names.) Hope you have a doc you can discuss your last wishes with. And family, and a religious counselor or leader if that's part of your life. Adult Ed, hospitals, clinics and maybe other organizations run workshops on these issues. You may also wish to pre-purchase your burial or cremation plan. ============================================================ Please, all of us, let's be prepared, mostly for the benefit, and in care and love of, those left behind.

EastBeach Oct 21, 2018 03:37 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

I'd also prefer in-home when my time comes. But if you or your loved ones do have to go to a senior community for assisted living or nursing care, consider those that are run by a non-profit. That wouldn't be a guarantee but the last place you want to be in is one that's run by a company that has stock that is traded publicly. Wall Street smells big money in senior care. Another option is one that's a privately-held company - at least they won't have earnings-per-share pressure.

Bodyboarder73 Oct 21, 2018 02:21 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

Both neglect and physical/sexual abuse. Anything from ignoring a room buzzer for hours and going home, then the next shift worker comes in and finds them laying on the floor crying because they fell and are injured. Too the unthinkable.

Roger Oct 21, 2018 02:46 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

I saw my girl friend and her mother both verbally and mentally abused in fact the waste of life told me to my face what he was going to do to them....I told him what I was going to do to him if anything happened to them Belindas Mother was taken out of there that very day and put in a worse place Buena Vista....That was a bored and care home in Goleta

EastBeach Oct 21, 2018 02:46 PM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

Analysts say there is a shortage of qualified workers in nursing homes and senior living facilities in general. And the trend will continue. I personally have seen wonderful and caring nursing assistants here in CA but also some who don't really care and are "rough" with residents. Many of the most caring I've met are recent immigrants. No exaggeration.

a-1571343911 Oct 21, 2018 09:15 AM
Man Arrested for Threatening to "Shoot Up" Convalescent Home

I can see why the threat was taken seriously, and it is sad. If his mother wasn't getting good care, maybe it will improve. And maybe Mr. Clement will decide that owning firearms aren't a personally good choice for him and his temper.

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