Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
July 30, 2021

On July 28, 2021, around 4:00 pm, dispatchers from the Santa Barbara Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls about a male subject brandishing a knife in the area of State Street and Anapamu Street.

It was reported the suspect, Robert J. Tobarro, a 58-year-old transient, was making verbal threats for an unknown reason, towards a family that was visiting from out of town. Tobarro then started following the family as they walked down State Street and approached the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Tobarro started directly making threats towards a young boy in the family. The father of the child began to intervene when Tobarro pulled out from his pocket a fixed blade knife. According to witnesses, Tobarro continually made threats while following the family when bystanders called 9-1-1 to report the incident.

Multiple Officers quickly responded to the area and were able to contact the victims and Tobarro who was detained on scene. Witnesses and the victims reported Tobarro had become verbally aggressive and appeared intoxicated. When the victims attempted to avoid Tobarro, he became agitated and made threats towards the victims with the knife in hand.

Tobarro was placed under arrest after the investigation was completed. Tobarro was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail for, 422 PC – Criminal Threats (felony), 273a PC – Child Endangerment (felony), and 417 PC – Brandishing a Weapon (misdemeanor). He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

The victims were fortunately not physically harmed during this incident.

Reported by Scanner Andrew
4:08 p.m., July 28, 2021

Police are responding with lights and sirens for a transient brandishing a knife near Old Navy on State Street

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FondofSB Jul 30, 2021 05:04 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Basic : Fully agree !
Let's defund the police so that people like that can really go after small children and use their knives on them.
It'll be such a glorious society and way of life !

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 04:50 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

BASCI - I get it, but I think the "taxpayer dollars" are what keeps places like Long Beach clean (increased police patrols, etc), and will be need to clean up SB. Problem is, whenever $$ is used to try to clean up our town (remember the recent clean up and hotel debacle), people lose their s*#t complaining about not wanting their tax dollars going to take care of the homeless.

Basicinfo805 Jul 28, 2021 04:26 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Sacjon - great question. We have been on a road trip throughout the western states for the past couple weeks and your question resonates with me. We travelled through 5 states and dozens of cities, small towns, etc and I would say it’s a tie for the worst homeless issue in the southwest : Santa Barbara and Los Vegas are the worst. In fact, these are the only places where we really saw any homeless on our thousand mile journey. We didn’t run up into NorCal and the likes of Portland/Seattle, which would probably be right up ther

a-1627523037 Jul 28, 2021 06:43 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Santa Cruz is just as bad as SB if not worse. We have to enforce existing laws and create new legislation to get people off of the streets who are a danger to themselves and others. Enough is enough. There are daily problems. Until people take action to make some changes it will only get worse. So I think we should all go pitch tents on the beach and in parks this fiesta, have bon fires and camp all weekend. Have open containers and drink away since that seems to be acceptable.

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 04:20 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

I was in Long Beach last weekend down by the Aquarium and noticed a SURPRISING lack of any homeless people, despite all the tourists. I kept wondering why. There were plenty nice shady grass areas, plenty of foreign tourists to beg from, yet NO homeless people lying about or gutter punks with drums and dogs. Really curious why.

biguglystick Jul 31, 2021 02:14 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Well, think about it for a second: Solvang is in the middle of a hot valley, difficult to get to via public transportation. Cities that run alongside railroads, bus lines and freeways obviously have more homeless people. I don't see why any homeless people would make their way out to the SY Valley.

popcorn Jul 31, 2021 10:47 AM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Parvopup: It's not so easy to separate people who have unfortuneate lives. There is much overlap in your groupings, e.g. those with "mental issues'" are often "the druggies, the drunks, the hoboes + the bums" and those currently with "dumb luck" may develop mental + substance misuse issues in the future, due to the stress. To quote Longfellow: "If we could know the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each person's life, sorrow + suffering enough to disarm all hostilities."

Alexblue Jul 30, 2021 12:45 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Sacjon, because we make it very easy for them to hang out here. It's a terrible situation, but basically the only way (other than a massive state and federal effort to freaking deal with this issue, which won't happen) to get the homeless out of here is to make them so miserable that they leave of their own free will. Basically city sanctioned police harassment is the only way to do it.

Byzantium Jul 29, 2021 08:58 AM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Solvang has no bums either. Only saw one sprawled out on the sidewalk in front of a public restroom recently. What are they doing right that this city keeps doing wrong?

ParvoPup Jul 28, 2021 08:37 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

So what is the solution? Is there even one?

As I see it an admittedly grossly generalized way is that we have three categories of the "homeless".

The most distressing are the trouble-makers - the one's that gives Roger and ScannerAndrew their purpose. This group includes the "travelers", the buskers, the druggies, the drunks, the hoboes and the bums. They are not part of acceptable society and they appear to not want to be. Screw these people. They have exited our world by choice and should not be indulged in any manner.

The second group is more problematic. They are the people with mental issues, disabilities of a physical nature, the abused and the vulnerable. Once upon a time, this state had facilities that would collect and care for these people but that program was killed by Reagan back in the 1980's. Society has no place for these people to go for permanent care and with the impending dooms of fire, drought, climate change, no water and no electricity - no one will ever succeed at funding the massive social programs and infrastructure to care for this group. They are screwed and that is unfortunate.

The last group of my hypothetical are the "dumb-luck" crowd. The people who just lost a job, or filed for medical bankruptcy. The ones whose landlord just evicted them from their home so he could sell it to a Hedge Fund Flipper or turn it into an AirBnB.

Of the three groups - this last category should be our first priority, assuming we, as a taxed society, agree to fund their reentry. They were more likely to be contributors to our society and our economy and will be again if given a break. I would be willing to support recovery programs for this group if asked to do so.

If we had the resources, the physically or mentally afflicted in category number two would be great to help - but in reality, not enough of society will go along with paying for it to make it happen.

As for the bums - I have zero sympathy for parasites.

edney Jul 28, 2021 05:15 PM
Transient Arrested for Threatening Child with Knife

Speaking for myself, its not that I don't want to pay towards housing people, I just disagree with home much they want to spend per unit or per person.
I realize housing homeless people takes money for security (In LA Venice Bridge Housing, LAPD responded there 117 days out of a 144 day period and on some of those 117 days, responded multiple times. That is not for emergency housing that is in the Bridge or Transition group.
I also realize that there will be high cleaning costs. Some people get high, crap in the corner because the bathroom is too far and other messy nonsense.

So I expect security costs, cleaning costs, but $3000 per month and up per person seems steep.
In LA they were charging taxpayers $2600 a month per tent space in an asphalt parking lot.

At those type of prices we have to decide how many we can afford and also figure out if the money going to which non profits and the homeless corporate complex people are expensive wastes and which are great value.
There are people who make over $200K and all they have ever done is "advocate" which is a nebulous benefit and "raise awareness" which is even less substantive


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