SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- UC Santa Barbara Campus Police sent out alerts of a man with a rifle walking down Sabado Tarde in Isla Vista just a few blocks from the UCSB campus.
At about 4:00 AM UC Santa Barbara Police sent out emergency alerts via email and text message warning students and staff of a man walking around Isla Vista with a rifle.
"It's once a week you have an alert, really, it's like oh someone was assaulted and arrested, there was a break in the library, guy was running around with a weapon. It's really scary!" says UCSB student Michelle Alfarez.
Police describe the suspect as a white male with long blonde hair wearing a green baseball cap with a white shirt and dark colored jacket and jeans.
He was seen walking down the 6600 block of Sabado Tarde.
UC Santa Barbara has an emergency alert system which warns students of threats in the area. You can register for these alerts by logging onto the UCSB alert page and warnings can be sent to directly to your phone via email or text message.
Isla Vista Foot Patrol and UC Police conducted a check off the area with a K9 unit.
At about 7:00AM authorities detained the suspect and recovered the weapon.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the man owned the rifle legal and no crime was committed.
They say he was transferring his rifle from his car to his apartment and made no threats.
The UCSB Campus Police Department is mandated by law to send out warnings whenever there is a threat near the campus.
Central Coast News has been following these alerts since September. This is the third major incident since.
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