Motorcyclist Arrested for Riding in Skate Park

Also Charged with Intimidating Witness

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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John Harris Rios
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John Harris Rios

Eighteen-year-old Carpinteria resident John Rios was arrested Saturday for allegedly intimidating a witness who saw him riding his motorcycle inside Skater’s Point Skate Park on Sunday, July 21.

After tooling around on his small off-road bike in the city skate park and on nearby sidewalks and parking lots — parts of the joy ride were caught on tape — Rios loaded his motorcycle onto his truck, which was parked nearby on Cabrillo Boulevard. As the witness wrote down the truck’s license plate number, Rios threatened him or her, according to the police report.

Four days later, SBPD Officer Jaycee Hunter obtained a search warrant for Rios’s residence and a $50,000 felony arrest warrant. Rios was served and arrested around 9 a.m. two days later. In addition to attempting to prevent a witness from reporting a crime, Rios is charged with reckless driving and use of unauthorized equipment in a skateboard facility.

According to the report, Rios admitted to illegally riding his motorcycle in and around the skate park, but he denied threatening the witnesses. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.


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This is why people throw water balloons.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 30, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

After watching the video, it was just a stupid seconds long stunt. Let it go.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 30, 2013 at 4:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I would say a water balloon filled with urine...
I would agree to drop it if he did not threaten a witness. If that is true, when combined with the stupidity of doing this during normal hours, then perhaps he needs a larger lesson in adult life.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 30, 2013 at 5:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Threatening a witness is indeed a very serious charge. This would be case of a bad action trying to intimidate a good action.

Time for a very serious lessons about how each need to conduct their adult lives. Witness needs to be validated he did the right thing, and the perp needs to face punitive consequences for doing the wrong thing -- should due process confirm this is what happened.

Life really is simple. The reward of the good life is the good life itself.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
July 30, 2013 at 8:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yo Ken, you ever hear of "Rule of Law" Someone could have gotten hurt if they would have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lies,lies,lies, Total set up trumped up charges make an example of the one that got caught more burning at the stake by the three stooges who want to take over the silly council and their tea baggin supporters have another drink boys!

Byrd (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Gang injunction for the skaters.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Gang induction for the skaters."

Um... uh... der, do I really have to point out that "gang injunction" can now be applied to virtually ANYBODY?

(Fact: If you associate with, or even know more than one other person, the psychos that pass for "law enforcement officers" can now "legally" charge you with being a member of a "criminal gang" on the flimsiest of evidence.")

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

By the way, I know this kid and he is kind of an all around butt head. Nobody is surprised, if true, by the stupidity and then the threat.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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