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One arrested, another on the loose after Isla Vista attempted robbery

Posted at 11:22 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 02:22:25-04

One man was arrested and another is still on the loose after an attempted robbery with a knife in Isla Vista Thursday.

Santa Barbara County Deputies say around 11 a.m., two men in a pickup truck confronted a man as he rode his bicycle near a parking lot at his apartment complex.

Marco Mendoza, 18 of Isla Vista, reportedly jumped out of the truck with a knife and threatened the man, accusing him of crimes in the area. The man dropped his bicycle, backed away and yelled for help.

Deputies said when Mendoza went for the bicycle, a bystander got in his way. The other man ran away as Mendoza got back in his truck. He then allegedly tried to run over other bystanders, who jumped out of the way.

Mendoza was found nearby with his vehicle, arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. The other man is still outstanding. Deputies said anyone with information about the incident should call the Investigations Division at (805) 681-4150 or leave an anonymous tip at (805) 681-4171.