Santa Barbara Road Rage
A local school was on high alert Monday morning due to a road-rage incident that occurred nearby. On Monday, September 30th, students at Santa Barbara Junior High School were quickly moved off of their playing field, and their parents were sent automated alerts. The incident, which was initially thought to have involved an actual firearm, happened on Cota Street just before 8:00 a.m.
Sergeant Riley Harwood, with the Santa Barbara Police Department, said that an angry driver flashed a handgun at another driver. KEYT News Channel Three reports that the gun involved in this road-rage episode was allegedly a fake. Law enforcement officials were able to track down 35-year-old Matthew Ontiveros at his apartment. He was arrested on charges of possession of a meth pipe and brandishing a gun. Ontiveros told police officers that he threw the fake gun out of his truck’s window.
Law enforcement officials still haven’t been able to locate the alleged replica handgun.