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Nov 26, 2012 6:41 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Police: man intentionally hit another man with car at party

Pasadena Police arrested a former Montecito resident accused of using his car to intentionally hit a man after an argument at a Santa Barbara party.

Santa Barbara Police say on September 13, Avery Anthony Morris Jr., 29, was asked to leave a party in the 500 block of Gutierrez Street but resisted, threatening to have a gun and punching another partygoer. Investigators say Morris got into a black Audi and drove around the block, then hit a 27-year-old Santa Barbara man. Witnesses said Morris tracked the man with his car and hit him as the man was trying to get away.

Witnesses also said Morris had threatened to kill people at the party and claimed he was a Blood gang member.

Police tracked Morris down in Pasadena, where he was arrested on November 13. Police say he was on felony probation for resisting an officer by threat or violence.

Morris was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on November 19 on suspicion of attempted murder. Detectives are taking the alleged gang threat seriously. They say they learned of additional instances where Morris claimed he was of member of the Los Angeles-area gang and have asked the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office to consider filing an additional felony charge for active participation in a criminal street gang.

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