The UCSB Police Department is searching for a male suspect who attempted a burglary at the Tropicana Gardens apartments in Isla Vista early Monday morning.
Anthony McAllister, 20, is a first-year student and a former defensive back on the Santa Barbara City College football team. He is originally from Madison, Wisconsin.
McAllister was listed on the Santa Barbara City College football website Monday morning, but the listing has since been taken down.
According to Luz Reyes-Martin, SBCC spokesperson, a student named Anthony McAlister was no longer a member of the football team as of a few weeks ago. On the SBCC website, a removed football listing spelled McAllister’s name with two l’s. Reyes-Martin said a cached image of McAlister’s listing has since been removed.
UCPD responded to a report of an attempted burglary at about 1:00 a.m. on Monday at the Tropicana Gardens, an off-campus residence hall for UCSB and SBCC students.
McAllister was allegedly entering the building through a window, and residents told UCPD that he had been involved with previous thefts at Tropicana.
McAllister challenged residents to fight when they confronted him, according to UCPD, and pulled an “unknown object” out of his pocket. Residents told UCPD that McAllister then fled the apartment in an “unknown direction.”
Sgt. Rob Romero, spokesperson for UCPD, denied rumors that snipers were seen in the area, saying UCPD conducted a “high-risk traffic stop” outside Tropicana when they believed McAllister was inside the car. Romero said the suspect was not inside the vehicle.
There will be extra patrols at Tropicana while UCPD investigates the attempted burglary, Romero said.
Romero and UCPD Chief Dustin Olson both said police have not confirmed that McAllister had a weapon.
UCPD sent a UCSB Alert about the attempted burglary at 4:39 a.m.
McAllister is a 6-foot-tall black male who weighs 185 lbs, has short black hair, a goatee and was last seen wearing a gray polo shirt, red pants and carrying a red hoodie, according to the alert.
UCPD is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information can call 805-893-3446 or use their anonymous tip website.
Update, 2:43 p.m.: This story has been updated with McAllister’s current status on the football team.