Police arrested a 20-year-old for cocaine possession, among other charges, in Isla Vista Saturday morning, during which a deputy “pulled out his service weapon,” according to police.
The individual, Kole Yamashiro, was removed from his vehicle around 7:15 a.m. after deputies from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) observed said vehicle blocking a driveway on the 6600 block of Abrego Road.
After approaching, deputies removed Yamashiro from the car and called medical officials for an unresponsive female companion who appeared to be suffering from an opioid overdose, according to Kelly Hoover, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO) spokesperson.
Both were determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, while Yamashiro was found in possession of cocaine and Xanax.
A deputy then pulled his service weapon when Yamashiro “did not comply with the deputy’s commands regarding reaching into his pocket,” Hoover said.
Manuel, a 22-year-old I.V. resident who asked that his last name not be used, initially posted on Facebook after he witnessed the incident.
In a statement to the Nexus, he said the police had been called because the vehicle was blocking the entrance to his driveway.
Manuel said he saw no sign of resistance during Yamashiro’s arrest and that the officer had taken “aggressive action.”
According to Manuel, a police officer “pull[ed] out his gun” and “threatened to shoot [Yamashiro] while he was on the ground.”
“The male was not armed, was clearly confused to what was happening because he was woken up by the cops,” Manuel said.
The female, who Manuel said had woken up after police arrested Yamashiro, was shouting that it was Yamashiro’s fault they were locked out of their apartment and subsequently had to sleep in their car, according to Manuel.
Yamashiro, who is on probation, was officially charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic.
He was cited and released approximately 11 hours after the incident.
It is unknown if Yamashiro is an Isla Vista or Goleta resident because the address provided on Yamashiro’s arrest log does not exist.
Yamashiro initially enrolled at Santa Barbara City College in Fall 2016, but later withdrew later that quarter. He re-enrolled in Spring 2017, but again dropped his classes.
Hoover said SBSO does not release body camera footage of an incident for an incident that is currently under investigation, in accordance with Government Code 6254(f).
Updated [Aug. 24]: This article was updated to include Hoover’s statement regarding body camera footage.
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