August 3, 2013 – It’s not every day that the elected sheriff of a county—in this case, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown—makes an arrest upon a violent suspect while astride a gallant steed and dressed in full law enforcement regalia.
But August 3rd was not just another weekday in Santa Barbara, where the Annual Fiesta Parade is the cornerstone of a weekend of revelry and celebration of “Old Spanish Days” and the cultural roots of The Mission City.
Leading that parade this year was Sheriff Bill Brown. While Brown was in the saddle at Pershing Park, according to Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman Lt. Paul McCaffrey, surrounded by “mounted deputies lining up in the staging area”, Brown noticed “an altercation” taking place at the south end of the park.
Ever at the ready to enforce the peace, Sheriff Brown rode his horse to the scene of the disturbance, and discovered two men actively engaged in a fight, one of whom was bleeding from an apparent stab wound. Quickly dismounting—as only a true “sheriff” can, presumably—Brown and his Deputies acted with alacrity to bring the fight to an abrupt end. Emergency medical services were promptly summoned and the 50-year-old stabbing victim was rushed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of an abdominal wound later determined to be non-life-threatening.
Taken into custody at the scene was Isaiah Jones, 36, who was arrested and then transported to Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Immediately thereafter, Sheriff Brown squared his cowboy hat, and swung himself back into the saddle to perform his official equestrian duty of slowly walking a brushed-and-polished equine specimen up downtown State Street to the delight of adoring Fiesta crowds.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking, Santa Barbara County Sheriff
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