The SBPD's Bearcat armored vehicle outside a residence in the 1200 block of Punta Gorda St.


The SBPD's Bearcat armored vehicle outside a residence in the 1200 block of Punta Gorda St.

Police Arrest Seven in Gang Sweep

Some Charged with Robbery, Others with Drug Possession or Parole Violation

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Early in the morning on October 10, Santa Barbara police carried out a sweep of the city, resulting in the arrest of seven suspected gang members.

Christian Botello, who allegedly stabbed another gang member in 2007, was arrested for robbery and committing a crime while a member of, and in furtherance of, a criminal street gang.

Marcial Garcia was also arrested for robbery and committing a crime while a member of, and in furtherance of, a criminal street gang.

Juan Gomez, who was the victim of a gang stabbing last year, was also arrested for robbery and committing a crime while a member of, and in furtherance of, a criminal street gang.

Jaoquin Perez was arrested Wednesday on marijuana charges along with a parole violation.

Ronald Contreras was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a parole violation.

Giovanny Torres was arrested for a parole violation.

A 17-year-old male was arrested whose name is being withheld.

The three robbery charges were the result of an incident in August; the victim was not gang-affiliated. A fourth suspect has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

On September 30, police responded to a call of shots fired at an address on the 1200 block of Punta Gorda Avenue. Yesterday, during the sweep, police deployed a Bearcat armored vehicle to ensure a safe search of the same address. Police recovered a quarter pound of cocaine and over $10,000 in cash.


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No comment necessary. Funny how predictable these stories are...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 12:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yup, Cowboy fans, trouble makers.

Scooter (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 12:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Okay, now that is a criminal enterprise and there is evidence that there is conjuction with the crimes and a gang or at least three or more people. This was a very strategic move by the police and one that will most likely end a public nuisance which was posed at this address. A bunch of parolees and probationees at one spot is enough probable cause to come into this residence.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 1:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another example why gang injunctions won't help. Do people like this care about parole/probation? No. Will they care about a misdemeanor? Nope. Will the misdemeanor matter if convicted? No. So what is the final result of an injuction? Hundreds of thousands charged to the public and the same people roaming the streets.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 1:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No further response necessary.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 4:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice work Coppers! You put the doughnuts down, got over the sidewalk stings, took a week off of starring in ON PATROL and were proactive about largest perpetrators of crime in the area. I applaud the effort. Now keep it up.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 4:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gang members, whoohooo, what a bunch of worthless retards. They are gross, stupid, and I hope they see how this good person feels about them. They feel all tough at great? how? I think their awful parents should be put away with them. How does a human grow up to be so disrespectful and, well, like a germ? What is in these peoples heads that make them think they are doing the right thing? I think all of that sort should stay out of beautiful places like Santa Barbara, California, well, the whole USA! Why don't they take over some other country where they can do their drugs, and kill each other?

ticklishstorm (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 9:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ticklishstorm: When we have an economy, supported by both major political parties, that justifies the exploitation of cheap (often illegal) immigrant labor, where the immigrants are encouraged not to assimilate into our culture but are given practically everything in their native language (which following the dictates of human nature, almost ensures they will not learn the language of the land in which they live) made worse by the fact that the sheer numbers of immigrants pouring into already overcrowded are staggering, you have ripe conditions for gang activity.

It's easy to say "throw them all in jail" or "let's spend more money on after school programs" but until people wake up and realize that voting for the same people and ideas is failing, we can only expect things to get much worse.

A simple comparison of immigration policy today vs. a few decades ago will explain the situation, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that many of these gang members come from good parents but when we live in a society where parents are treated like criminals for disciplining their kids, (after all, if you offend a kid, he/she might call in the Child Protective Services) where the schools (who are now raising these feral kids) are not allowed to discipline them in any way, and where the parents are often not home (because they spend all day working at menial jobs just to try to survive) you have a recipe for disaster.

Don't expect any of the mainstream politicians to address this, and don't hold your breath expecting the voters to shake up the political status quo.

People will tell you that this exploitation in needed to support our economy, but in the end, all it does is prop up the wealthy people and companies that hire them, stick the middle class with the tax bill, and shatter the dreams of people who risk their lives to come into this country as they watch their kids turn into criminals and/or end up dying because they wore the wrong color or walked into the wrong neighborhood.

For an inspiring story, rent the movie "Stand and Deliver" starring Edward James Olmos. It's the true story of a math teacher named Jaime Escalante who took on the school system and turned a bunch of potential gangbangers into a collective success story.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2012 at 3:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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