Re­port of man swing­ing samu­rai sword in Go­leta ends with his ar­rest

The Tribune (SLO) - - News - BY GABBY FER­REIRA gfer­[email protected]­bune­

It started with a heated dis­cus­sion out­side a Mcdonald’s in Go­leta and ended with a man in cus­tody for al­legedly swing­ing around a samu­rai sword.

The saga be­gan at about 8:20 p.m., when deputies re­sponded to the Mcdonald’s in the 100 block of Fairview Av­enue at about 8:20 p.m. on re­ports of a man ap­par­ently armed with a samu­rai sword, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Santa Bar­bara County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Po­lice said the man got in a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with an­other man in front of the Mcdonald’s, “made threat­en­ing state­ments,” and bran­dished the sword.

He then fled as deputies ar­rived, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said. Of­fi­cials then be­gan search­ing for the man, even tem­po­rar­ily halt­ing Am­trak train ser­vice through the area be­cause they were search­ing on and near the train tracks.

About two hours later, a deputy found the man walk­ing in the 100 block of Kel­logg Av­enue near Hol­lis­ter Av­enue and ar­rested him at gun­point, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

The samu­rai sword? It was a wooden replica.

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied by the Sher­iff’s Of­fice as King Rosario, 38, of Go­leta was ar­rested and taken to the Santa Bar­bara County Jail on sus­pi­cion of bran­dish­ing and pos­sess­ing a deadly weapon. He is be­ing held in lieu of $20,000 bail.


The samu­rai sword a man al­legedly bran­dished turned out to be a wooden replica.

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