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Search For Man With Sword Puts South Coast Neighborhood On Lockdown

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies look for a man reported to be armed with a sword in Goleta Tuesday night

Reports of a man brandishing a sword put a South Coast neighborhood on lockdown, and even disrupted Amtrak passenger train service.

The situation started just after 8 Tuesday night in Goleta.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies received reports of someone being threatened by a man with a sword outside of a fast food restaurant on the 100 block of Fairview Avenue.

The man fled the scene before deputies arrived. Area residents were told to stay in their homes, and a helicopter and K-9 dogs were called in to search for the man.

Just after 10 p.m. officers spotted King Rosario on the 100 block of Kellogg Avenue. Deputies say he was carrying a wooden replica samurai sword. The Goleta man was arrested on charges of possessing and brandishing a deadly weapon.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.