A UCSB student carrying knives and an expandable baton was arrested in the San Miguel Residence Hall this morning.
According to a University of California Police Dept. press release, the student, 18-year-old James Fovell, was found at 3 a.m. on an all-female floor of San Miguel. UCPD spokesman Matt Bowman said that an officer became suspicious of Fovell, who is also a San Miguel resident, due to the student’s presence on the all-female floor, his attire and his fixation on one particular dorm room.
“Last night, an officer patrolling San Miguel came across a suspicious-looking male wandering an all female floor,” Bowman said. “He was unusually dressed in all black and a trench coat. The officer then contacted the individual and inquired if he had any weapons. The suspect responded he did not, but when the officer checked his person, two knives and an extendable baton were discovered.”
Fovell was then arrested without incident and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail. According to the press release, it was later determined that Fovell possessed these weapons for his own protection, and did not threaten or harm anyone at UCSB. Nevertheless, Bowman claimed that Fovell’s possession of these weapons is illegal.
The UCPD encourages any persons with further information or questions regarding the incident to contact the department at (805) 893-3446 or call Crimestoppers at 1-877-800-9100.