Wednesday, February 21 , 2018, 12:09 pm | Fair 60º


Local News

Disturbance at Storke Plazita Leads to Three Arrests

One man is accused of becoming confrontational with Santa Barbara officers trying to investigate a fight call

Three people were arrested Thursday night after a fight broke out near State Street, where witnesses say the trio were part of a group that had been harassing passers-by for hours.

Santa Barbara police responded about 8 p.m. to a fight call at Storke Plazita near 700 State St., where a witness said six men and a woman in a dark beanie were involved.

As officers worked to determine what had taken place, police said 20-year-old Andrew James Holberg became confrontational with the officers. Holberg had been drinking, according to Lt. Paul McCaffrey,  and cursed at the officers and refused to stay an arm’s length away.

Because of Holberg’s actions, McCaffrey said, officers were unable to question other witnesses in the plazita about the earlier disturbance. Holberg’s girlfriend, Melissa Margaret Kane, 19, allegedly began yelling at the officers and moved within arm’s reach of them.

Kane was filming the arrest with a camera phone and yelling, and when two other officers arrived, they told her that filming was allowed but to step back from the arrest, according to McCaffrey. Kane refused, and McCaffrey said this interfered with officers’ ability to safely arrest Holberg. Both suspects were arrested, and no weapons were used.

Two officers received minor scratches, and Kane had a minor scrape and a scratch, according to McCaffrey, adding that no one needed medical attention. Part of the arrest was captured on Kane’s camera phone, which was retained as evidence. 

David Schrader, 29, is a suspect in the earlier fight and was arrested for a parole violation.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >