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Authorities Make Eight More Deltopia Arrests


Eight more suspects have been arrested for participating in the Deltopia riot following an investigation that collected anonymous tips and video footage, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. Authorities say 26 civilians and seven law enforcement officials were injured when rioters threw rocks, bricks, and bottles at them during the four-hour melee on April 5. Detectives traveled to Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles to detain the suspects. “Our message is clear,” said Sheriff Bill Brown in a statement. “If you engage in this type of criminal activity, we will track you down, arrest you, and bring you to justice.”

The number of out-of-towners who flocked to Isla Vista to attend the annual unsanctioned event is unprecedented, said Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover. Of the 457 adults arrest or cited during Deltopia, 141 were identified as college students, mostly from California campuses. Of the college arrestees, 21 attended UCSB, and 22 attended SBCC. The rest were from out-of-area colleges. Thirteen juveniles were also arrested.

The person authorities say ignited the riot appeared in court again this week. Judge Brian Hill released Los Angeles resident Desmond Edwards on his own recognizance with the conditions that he stay out of Santa Barbara County except for court hearings, abstain from drugs or alcohol, and check in weekly with the probation department. Edwards had been in Juvenile Hall on a $75,000 bail since his April arrest. Charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with the enhancement of inflicting great bodily injury, Edwards will be back in court on August 12.

Names and charges of the newly arrested individuals are below:

– Agustin Guerrero, 23, was arrested at his work place in Oxnard on July 11. Authorities say Guerrero threw a large rock at a van, prompting and encouraging a mob of people to “completely destroy” the vehicle. Detectives seized several pieces of evidence at his home and booked Guerrero on a $50,000 arrest warrant. He also had a $5,000 unrelated traffic warrant, according to Hoover.

– Geddy Miller, 19, was arrested in South Lake Tahoe on April 18. Miller was booked on charges of inciting a riot and felony vandalism because video footage caught him jumping on top of the aforementioned van, Hoover said.

– William Hopkins, 22, a UCSB student, was arrested in Goleta on April 6 for refusing to disperse and remaining at a riot.

– Arron Cozza, 19, of Arroyo Grande was arrested on April 10 at SBCC. Video footage caught Cozza pulling a stop sign out of the ground and waving it around, Hoover said. He was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.

– Mike Duenas, 20, of Acton, was arrested on April 10 for charges of inciting a riot.

– Austin Escobedo, 21, was arrested in Santa Barbara on April 15 for making terrorist threats and participating in a riot.

– Jorge Santana, 21, was arrested in San Lorenzo on April 17. Authorities say Santana threw two canisters of tear gas at Sheriff’s deputies. He was charged with obstructing and resisting a peace officer.

– Justin Mott, 18, of Valencia, was arrested on May 21. Authorities say he vandalized a car in a grocery store parking lot in Goleta after the Deltopia destruction. He was charged with felony vandalism.

The Sheriff’s Office also sent four cases — ranging from being present at a riot to felony vandalism — to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

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