A 24-year-old Isla Vista resident was arrested Tuesday night for waving around a handgun and threatening to shoot people at Dublin’s Sports Bar & Grill in I.V., police said.

Rios was arrested
Tuesday night for brandishing a gun at Dublin’s.
Courtesy of SBSO

The resident, Anthony Rios, was initially asked to leave the bar at around 8 p.m. because of “his level of intoxication,” according to a press release sent out by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO) Wednesday night.

He then “brandished a firearm and reportedly threatened to shoot people.”

UC Santa Barbara police officers and I.V. Foot Patrol deputies responded and followed Rios through Anisq’Oyo Park. He was apprehended shortly after.

Following the altercation, officers found a black backpack that contained a magazine with two rounds of ammunition in a trash can. A handgun was also found nearby, the press release stated.

The initial press release did not specify which bar this incident took place in. SBSO spokesperson Kelly Hoover confirmed the bar was Dublin’s.

Dublin’s declined to comment on the incident.

Rios was booked on a $50,000 bail for possession of a pistol with an altered or destroyed serial number, brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner, criminal threats and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

He was released today. Police said he does not have any firearms registered to him and it is not known at this time how he obtained the handgun he pulled out in the bar.

Evelyn Spence is the county news editor at the Daily Nexus and can be reached at evelyn@dailynexus.com or news@dailynexus.com.


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