Pixel Tracker

Friday, December 14 , 2018, 2:33 pm | Fair 65º


Suspect Subdued, Arrested to End Orcutt Standoff

A standoff in an Orcutt neighborhood on Tuesday ended with the suspect being subdued with a taser and arrested for allegedly assaulting deputies, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m., when deputies were called to the 4600 block of Sweetbriar Court on a report of a distraught man who possibly was armed and threatening to harm himself and law enforcement, said Kelly Hoover, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

“When deputies arrived, they discovered 51-year-old Robert Foster of Orcutt in his vehicle parked outside of his residence,” Hoover said. “Foster refused to come out of his truck, and sheriff’s deputies observed an unidentifiable object in his hand that they were concerned could be a firearm.”

Roads in the area were shut down, and nearby residents were advised to shelter in place, Hoover said.

A sheriff’s sergeant called Foster’s cell phone and encouraged him to peacefully exit his vehicle.

“During the conversation, Foster verbally threatened to run deputies over, revved his engine, and accelerated towards deputies in a threatening manner,” Hoover said.

At about 10:40 a.m., Foster left his vehicle and attempted to flee into his residence, Hoover said.

At that point, deputies employed a taser to take Foster into custody.

While he was being arrested, Foster sustained a head injury, and he was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center.

He was to be booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, threatening a peace officer, and driving under the influence, Hoover said.

“Following the incident, sheriff’s deputies searched Foster’s vehicle as well as his residence, and discovered a .22-caliber rifle inside the home,” she added.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton 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.

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 using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • 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 >

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 >