A man wielding what appeared to be a “machine gun” to an employee at Los Agaves on Milpas Street chased away a woman and man dining in the restaurant on Thursday evening.

Santa Barbara police arrived at the location at around 6:30 p.m., but the suspect had fled in a vehicle, apparently leaving a loaded gun magazine behind.

A restaurant employee who witnessed the incident but asked not to be identified described the altercation as very brief. The suspect approached the female victim, who was dining with a man, with the gun pointed down toward the floor. Everybody fled immediately, the employee said.

No shots were fired, and the police confirmed the suspect knew the female victim. Detectives continue to investigate the incident.


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