Los Angeles Teen Accused of Sparking Deltopia Riot Charged as Adult

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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A 17-year-old Los Angeles resident accused of fighting with police and kicking off Saturday night’s Deltopia riot in Isla Vista has been charged by the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office with multiple felonies and will be prosecuted as an adult. Desmond Louis Edwards is charged with mayhem (the legal term for physically maiming a victim) and assault upon a police officer, among other counts.

Sheriff Bill Brown, who addressed the County of Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, said that when a UCSB police officer went to detain Edwards after witnessing him get into a fight, Edwards attempted to escape the officer’s grip and swung a backpack full of alcohol bottles at him, splitting open his forehead and knocking him to the ground. The wound required multiple sutures, Brown said, and the altercation incited the nearby crowd into eventual chaos and destruction.

Brown said that while initial estimates put the number of Deltopia attendees at around 15,000 on Saturday, a closer inspection of aerial photographs suggests there were as many as 25,000 people on Isla Vista’s streets for the annual blowout. The riot — which started at round 9:30 p.m., lasted approximately four hours, and prompted police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds — resulted in 26 people being sent to the hospital and 18 arrests. Over the course of the day, more than 100 people were arrested and 44 people were sent to the hospital.

Edwards appeared in court on Tuesday, but his arraignment was postponed. He is being held in Juvenile Hall and his bail is set at $100,000.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Fresh meat.
I was told there's a list of everyone arrested, I'd be interested in seeing from where they originate.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken's been saying it all along--the out-of-towners are a huge part of the problem. I wonder however, if there will be selective prosecution so that the rich parents of the U.C.S.B. students involved don't get angry when their "children" are tossed out of school.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2014 at 7:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I just saw a KEYT/Palinteri clip in which a kid from South-Central LA states that IV is the dream vacation for every teen within a billion mile radius.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2014 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Many who have posted about Deltopia will probably be disappointed to learn that not all UCSB students have "rich" parents. System-wide, the largest percentage of students come from rather modest income backgrounds (under $50K per year):


Still, UC parents' income distribution is not the same as the distribution for the entire state. There are lots of reasons for that, one of which is that families of the pool of UC-eligible students don't have the same income distribution as the general population. Google on "UC family income" for details.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2014 at 11:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

When the blame goes towards the "out of towners" let's remember, most UCSB and SBCC Students are "out of towners" They are not locals....

retprotector (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 1:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In an email by our Chancellor, he stated that according to UCSB police and Santa Barbara County Police Department, 276 out of the 412 arrests and citations this weekend were of individuals not affiliated with UCSB. Out of towners are a gigantic problem because they don't respect our community.

ucsbloyal14 (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 9:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What is next, retprotector, denying their local voter registration because you and COLAB do not want SBCC and UCSB students to vote in Santa Barbara County?

"Out of towners" means the drunk agitators who deliberately come here for specific events, not local college students.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In reply to ucsbloyal14, you made a typo. 376 people out of the 412 were from out of town, not 276. 91% of the crimes were from those who don't live in the area.

Kellysp (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Daily Nexus released a lot of statistics today.

laxer (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No, J_A,, let's go further back in time and only allow white, land-owning males to vote! Just kidding. I moved here in 1971 to go to UCSB, graduated, got a job, bought a house, and am still here. According to some people's thinking I should not have been able to vote while I was "just" a student.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

this kid is gonna be made an example of... rightfully so.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Those stats in the Nexus are old news. What is important is a breakdown of where people come from who've either been arrested or suspected.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 10:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Attending UCSB '74 - '79 I was present for the Halloween 'riot' on D.P. in '78 (at least I think it was '78 - those days are a bit of a blur 28 years later).

The melee that ensued was absolutely precipitated by 'out-of-towners' - a biker gang that parked 10+ Harleys in the 6600 block, directly under the balcony of my apartment. They were spoiling for a fight, and got one when a lone County Sheriff car arrived. For no reason whatsoever the bikers hurled beer cans at the car as it cruised past, bringing the deputies out of the car in a hurry.

The evening ended much the same way this year's Deltopia event ended - tear gas, police in riot gear, and more than a few terrified residents huddled in their apartments with the lights out.

sbelcap (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 10:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Best way to minimize "outsider's" is to impose maximum allowable penalties on those convicted of involvement in this riot.

Juveniles, when allowed, charged as adults is great and impose the maximum (jail) penalty for the convicted offense(s) including restitution. Our judicial system needs to send a clear and loud message that behavior of this type will not be tolerated in this County.

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Who wants to bet that he doesn't have rich parents and is black? Otherwise he would already be out of jail and had continued in juvenile court.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 1:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ - who cares what color he is or how rich his parents are? This young man (yes, he's being tried as an adult for good reason) assaulted a police officer and caused great bodily injury as a result. Should we let him go if he's black or his parent's aren't "rich?" Really, this is not about racism here, it's about being held accountable for a violent crime.

sacjon (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey, UCSB/SCBB students living in Isla Vista, here's a simple question for you, see if you can answer it:

If out of town people are the problem, the WHY DO YOU KEEP INVITING THEM?

By doing that, you're BIGGER douchebags than the out of town douchebags you complain about & you're hypocrites while you're at it.
Sure, out of town a-holes, there's an easy blame. But why'd they come in the first place? BECAUSE YOU INVITE THEM!
Quit being such little two faced whiners and accept the responsibility that comes with screwing up.
By the way, the little tard who started this whole thing... FRY HIS LAME BUTT! PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT!
I've seen some angry posts in the Daily Nexus and from what I gather, kiss your little paradise good bye, the popo is going to be clamping down on your lame behavior. Halloween? Expect hard enforcement. Deltopia? G-O-N-E-!
But hey little ones, you brought it on yourselves so stand uop, face the music & lay in the bed you made. Life is SO unfair!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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