A man is behind bars in Santa Barbara County following a confrontation with Sheriff’s deputies, in which they say he was armed with a knife, and crowbar.
It happened at a home on the 4600 block of Morales Street in Cuyama. A homeowner had given a transient, Stephen Howland, permission to stay in his backyard shop. But, one of the residents found him tearing down their fence in the middle of the night, and feeding a bonfire which threatened their home. When one of the homeowners tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, deputies say the 62 year old man hit her in the head with a board.
Deputies found Howland armed with a knife and crowbar when they arrived, but used a beanbag gun to stun, and safely arrest him. He told investigators that he thought people were chasing him. Howland is facing charges stemming from arson, to assault with a deadly weapon.