press release - 01281702

Isla Vista Foot Patrol Deputies and Officers Break Up Large Party Resulting in Several Arrests and Citations


Isla Vista - January 28th, 2017

On Friday, January 27, 2017, at approximately 11:15 p.m. University of California Police officers and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol were dispatched to a report of large party in the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive. The reporting party was afraid to come outside to meet with law enforcement due to the large group gathered outside.  


When deputies and officers arrived, they discovered a large crowd in front of the residence entering and exiting the exterior open side walkway and back yard. Several subjects were stopped and cited for alcohol violations. Deputies and officers then observed several subjects on balconies that overlooked the ocean cliffs.  In the group, they saw what appeared to be an active hand-to-hand narcotics deal. One subject was observed snorting a white powder off his hand and the other subject was holding a bag of suspected drugs.


When deputies and officers attempted to detain the subjects involved in the suspected narcotics activity, they began actively resisting and assaulting them. The deputies and officers gave several commands to the subjects, but they continued to fight. Additional backup was requested to assist with the extremely combative subjects. One subject was finally detained by using handcuff and ankle restraints.


As officers and deputies were prioritizing their efforts on the combative subjects, the unruly crowd of several hundred intoxicated, college-aged subjects turned hostile towards law enforcement personnel. Glass bottles were thrown in the vicinity and the crowd began yelling obscenities at law enforcement.  Several subjects attempted to interfere, causing additional altercations and a subsequent arrest.  Additional officers and deputies from various locations in the county were called in to help.  It took 25 law enforcement personnel more than 30 minutes to gain control of the scene and disperse the crowd of agitated partygoers.  


A total of three people were arrested.  One was arrested for possession of cocaine, felony resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer.  Another was arrested for assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and possession of narcotics for sales. A third subject was arrested for resisting or delaying a peace officer.  Due to the active investigation, their names are not being released at this time. The number of citations that were issued is not yet available.


The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that large parties where drugs and alcohol are prevalent can get out of control quickly and divert a large amount of county public safety resources. 


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