Use a Shovel, Get Tasered

GOLETA – Robert Tyson Martin, 47, was so upset with his wife by 8:00 a.m. on December 11th, that he took a shovel in hand and began smashing in the windows of her residence.  According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff spokesman Lt. Butch Arnoldi, Martin used the shovel to “destroy the front door of the house” as well.

Robert Tyson Martin

SBSD deputies, responding to a 911 Emergency call, arrived at the house where Martin had already gained entry and is suspected to have physically assaulted his wife just as he was getting in his car and preparing to drive away.  As he pulled his vehicle toward the street, deputies attempted to make a traffic stop but “he pulled back into his driveway, exited his vehicle, and charged deputies,” Arnoldi reported, in an apparent attempt to commit “suicide by cop”.

Goleta City Seal

At that point, deputies deployed Tasers and brought Martin to the ground where he was subdued and taken into custody.

According to Arnoldi’s background report, Martin had recently been released from a Los Angeles drug rehab program.  Martin was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of inflicting injury upon a spouse, felony vandalism, obstructing and resisting a police officer, failure to yield, dissuading a witness, and possession of an illegal weapon (presumably a shovel), with his bail set at $100,000.

Read more:

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Bail on Demand: Robert Tyson Martin of Goleta Booked on Assault Charges

Use a Shovel, Get Tasered was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by admin
Categories: California, Santa Barbara


  1. Jerry
    Jerry 26 December, 2012, 05:33

    Carol Martin is very lucky, Robert Martin is unstable and a danger to himself and the kids. Carol should have known letting bob do drugs in the house and with kids there all i can say is. unfit parents

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  2. wow
    wow 13 November, 2013, 22:02

    jerry i have to say i am very sad you would say somthing like that on a public website. i know you and you and robert were very good friends and i am going to say carol did not know he was using drugs in the house. they are amazing parents and they let you live with them. i will say something to carol about this.

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