Two Arrested for Ortega Park Assault

Man Hit in Head With Hammer

Friday, August 16, 2013
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David Roberto Ybarra
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David Roberto Ybarra

A 17-year-old juvenile and a 19-year-old, David Robert Ybarra, were arrested for an incident in which Ybarra hit a man in the temple with a hammer, according to Santa Barbara police. They were charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, participation in a criminal street gang, and commission of a hate crime.

According to an SBPD press release, the two suspects and a third companion told a group of men who were playing cards in Ortega Park to get lost because they were Mexican. They also demanded money. When one of the card players whistled, the three instigators — who had identified themselves as gang members — interpreted it as a challenge. They approached the victim, and Ybarra extracted a hammer from somewhere beneath his clothing before hitting the man on his head. The three alleged gang members then fled the scene. The victim was also gone by the time police arrived after receiving a 911 call at 10:08 p.m.

The police found witnesses and the crime scene, and eventually found the victim at his home. He was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room to be treated, and required a week-long stay.

Ybarra was arrested on August 9 and booked into County Jail with a bail of $780,000. He had just been released for a separate offense. The juvenile — whom the District Attorney plans on prosecuting as an adult — was taken into custody on August 11. He too had been detained for another offense.

Because the victim was allegedly targeted for his nationality, police added the hate crime charge.


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Prison time warranted for these maggots!

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

everybody needs to read Bryne's column on gangbanging in SB view today........

a hammer to the head. jeezus.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Santa Barbara, what are you doing about the cancer that has
spread to your city? If you don't cure it, you will become another Oxnard.
Better get busy.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 10:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

stop the violence

easternpacific (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 10:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I really thought you anti-gang, anti-Mexican immigrant people would have liked this one.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How 'bout some anti-whining AZ2SB. Typical response, always the victim, never the problem.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whoa is me!!!

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

lawdy: Publishing anecdotal unreferenced comments about incidents that occurred over a period of years while ignoring proven solutions to the problem is a sales and marketing tactic that's not nearly as effective as censoring comments that don't support Byrne's sales job on a gang injunction. Unfortunately, perception management (propaganda) isn't a robust solution to anything other than the personal goals of individuals or private interest groups. Byrne's attempt to encourage non-thinking emotional decision-making by ignoring all relevant facts is pretty insulting to local residents, but fortunately many of us are just too smart for that kind of non-journalism.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 2:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So let's see....BOTH just released for prior offenses! What is it with these folks??!! Really!

These people live in a Twilight Zone, Bizzaro World of logic. Young sociopaths growing up to be adult sociopaths. Where were the damn parents?? Crowned this guy with a hammer for being a Mexican National? These punks think they own the parks and the hood they live in. A sick culture for sure. if you read Edhat and Santa Barbara Sentinel you would see that similar events as well as multiple bum fights etc. are occurring DAILY. Read the article in SB Sentinal, Living with gangs, view from the street by Sharon Byrne/ or www. These gangs and wanna be's are helping, along with the unmanageable transient population, to help destroy our hard earned quality of life here. Enough is enough. WHERE are our leaders on this?? Let me guess...another similar event from the usual suspects will occur in the next 24 to 48 hours. Or less.

BacktoSanity (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

14, I'll take your word for it that you are smart. Tell me why you discount anecdotes from ground zero local residents.

The private interest groups you far as I know consists of the general law abiding public.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 3:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Take three minutes out of your life to see/hear this video about how guns aren't the only deadly weapon used in assaults.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

14 love anecdotes about the poor and downtrodden when they portray themselves as victims but hates anecdotes when they do not support his cause.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 17, 2013 at 6:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Where were the damn parents??"
-- BacktoSanity
In jail?

"14 love anecdotes about the poor and downtrodden when they portray themselves as victims but hates anecdotes when they do not support his cause."
-- italiansurg
Which makes him different from everyone else how?

SezMe (anonymous profile)
August 17, 2013 at 10:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 18, 2013 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 18, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Most reasonable folks use anecdotes to:
help explain why they hold an opinion, not as proof that their opinion is fact;
demonstrate, through submission of a contradictory anecdote, that someone foolish enough to use an anecdote as "data" has no proof of anything.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2013 at 4:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Ybarra hit a man in the temple with a hammer"

What were these gangsters doing in a Jewish Synagogue??

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A Latino or Chicano kid gets a Hate Crime rap for beating up another Latino perceived as Mexican
and sociologists will add another datum of stats for tbeir brief against White Racism

ConstructionWorker (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Two screws nailed for using a hammer.
Have fun in your new orange-is-the-new-black cellwear, boys!

Draxor (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2013 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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