Already Charged with Attempted Murder, but Released from Jail
by Jae Brattain | posted 01.13.14
Santa Barbara Police arrested Ronald Anthony Beltran after he set a vehicle on fire near the corner of East Gutierrez and North Quarantina Street. Firefighters from the City Fire Department were called about 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival, they saw a minivan ablaze and quickly extinguished the flames.
Shortly thereafter, family members of the 39-year old Beltran had contacted authorities to let them know his intentions of burning the minivan. He also verbally indicated that he wanted to commit “Suicide-by-Cop,” which is when a person wants to die, but do not want to kill themselves. In other words, a suicidal individual tries to provoke a lethal response from an armed officer or deputy through threatening behavior.
At approximately 2:40 pm, officers found Beltran near Ortega park and promptly chased after him. During the chase, Beltran stopped in his tracks and made verbal threats that he possessed a weapon. This gave the pursuers momentary pause, but they continued onward and eventually used a Taser gun to bring him down into submission. Officers placed Beltran into handcuffs and proceeded to search his body. During their frisk, police found a knife.
He was taken to Santa Barbara County Jail and is being held without bail bond again. Beltran was released from custody after an incident in which he stabbed a relative last week. That case is still active and he faced charged of attempted-murder, stealing a truck, and resisting arrest. No information has been provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department about why he had been released when previously he had no bail. However, according to police, Beltran is expected to have no bail in this new case. If not released, he is scheduled to go to Santa Barbara Superior Court on Tuesday, January 14.