Reports published on Dec. 20
A man distraught over his lost kitty proved to be an unreliable source of information, making it unclear whether the lost cat incident—which he insisted was a result of thieves shanghaiing the pet—ever happened at all. He called deputies to report that the black tomcat was loose and stolen by his Carpinteria Avenue neighbors, but while investigating the neighbors on Dec. 12, deputies learned that the man was seeing things and arrested him for suspicion of being under the influence of meth.
Described as frantic and having twitching cheeks and full-moon pupils, the man, 23, told deputies that the cat went missing the previous evening. Following the vanishing of the cat, the man searched all night, he said, before calling deputies to report that neighbors were responsible for stealing his pet.
On scene, deputies observed one of the implicated neighbors as she walked from a motel room to the front desk. The officers went to the room she had emerged from and spoke to a man from the doorway. During the exchange, deputies scanned the room and observed no signs or sounds of a cat. The accused man was reportedly hostile toward deputies. He had already been confronted by the neighbor and was sick of being called a cat thief.
When deputies left the cat man to investigate, they had given him a simple instruction to stay put, but deputies noted he seemed unable to control himself and continued pacing around the parking lot. The woman who had walked to the desk returned to her room with food items in her hands, observed deputies. The officers told the man their doubts about the neighbors having the cat, which pushed the cat man to tears. He insisted that he had just then witnessed the woman stuffing his cat into her vehicle. He could hear the smuggled cat screeching from within the vehicle, he said, but deputies tried to explain that nothing of the sort had happened.
The deputies then arrested the man for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Even though his heart rate clocked at 120 beats per minute, the man said he was drug free. It was only in his past that he had had a taste for substances like heroin, he stated. A search of the man produced a paper bundle with a white residue on it, and his urine tested presumptive positive for meth.
DEPUTY FISHES FOR DRUGGIES:
A deputy who reported he is well aware of drug users frequenting the streets surrounding Malibu Drive and Sterling Avenue nabbed a man for running a stop sign on his bicycle at the intersection of the streets, only to discover that the man, 21, was likely hopped up on meth again. The incident began with the traffic violation stop on Dec. 7 at about 11:19 a.m. but escalated quickly when the suspected stop-sign roller reportedly became hostile and accused the deputy of unjustly sequestering him on his bike ride.
According to the deputy’s report, the man, who had fluttering eyelids, refused to sit on the curb when ordered to do so. Instead, he stepped up on the sidewalk, taking a position of higher ground than the deputy, an authority-undermining move. The deputy noted that the man had been arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance earlier this year, and apparently the man had already lawyered up, because he reached into his pocket and whipped out a cell phone, telling the deputy that he was calling his lawyer for help. Using the phone instead of cooperating rubbed the officer the wrong way. The man could have been phoning friends to help him make a getaway, surmised the officer, who radioed for his own backup. The deputy, not waiting to see what was coming out the man’s pocket next or who might arrive, took the man to the ground and cuffed him.
After the backup arrived, the officers took the man to jail. He complained of stinging shoulder pain resulting from the officer’s takedown. And although the man claimed that he’d been off meth since the week prior, a urine analysis came up presumptive positive for meth in his system.
Deputies brought the man for booking at the Santa Barbara County Jail for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, but first stopped at Cottage Hospital to check the shoulder injury. The man reportedly said it was a flare up from an injury previously sustained in the mixed-martial arts ring and refused medical treatment.
Burglary: Namouna Street, Foothill Road, Linden Avenue
Public intoxication: Via Real
Theft: Linden Avenue (2)
Vandalism: 6th Street, Linden Avenue, Carpinteria Avenue
Warrant arrest: Carpinteria Avenue