SLO County charges Tianna Arata with 13 misdemeanors

September 2, 2020

Tianna Isis Arata Wentworth and Elias Bautista

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it filed 13 misdemeanor charges against Black Lives Matter organizer Tianna Arata, 20, and one felony charge and two misdemeanor charges against protester Elias Bautista, 22. Both defendants are scheduled for arraignment on Thursday morning.

Arata is charged with one count of unlawful assembly, one count of disturbing the peace, six counts of obstruction of a thoroughfare, and five counts of false imprisonment. The SLO Police Department had recommended five felony charges and three misdemeanor charges against Arata.

On July 21, Arata allegedly led approximately 300 protesters onto Highway 101 from both Osos Street and California Boulevard, blocking all lanes in both directions for nearly an hour. While on the highway, protesters ran after vehicles attempting to drive off the freeway, blocked vehicles, and yelled profanities at some of the drivers, according to videos of the protest.

In one incident, a protester threw a skateboard at the back window of a car. The window shattered, with the pieces landing on a 4-year-old boy, who was unharmed. Protesters claim the driver had hit a protester.

During Arata’s arrest, Bautista yelled at an officer before kicking him in the crotch. Prosecutors charged Bautista with one felony count of resisting an executive officer by force or violence and two misdemeanor counts of resisting, obstructing, or delaying a peace officer for his acts committed against three individual peace officers.

Arata contends she was arrested because she is black, and that the July 21 protest was peaceful. District Attorney Dan Dow does not agree.

“The filing of these charges is solidly based on the duty of the District Attorney to hold individuals accountable for their actions when their conduct exceeds the bounds of the law,”  Dow said. “Ms. Arata Wentworth and Mr. Bautista’s conduct in this instance was not peaceful, but instead it violated the law by depriving other individuals in our community of their right to enjoy liberty.”


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Can someone please explain why these defendants full names are not listed in any of these articles either here or on other news platforms?


This will follow her the rest of her life and it will pop up from time to time as she applies for loans jobs and housing…so I hope it was worth it for her….so much anger for such a young person to hold…

She needs a big dose of gratitude….


Not if she stays in California, she will be able to get all the assistance, free medical care, housing, food, clothing, cell phone, for starters and not have a single question asked.


You are assuming she aspires to a normal middle class lifestyle, which involves having a job and behaving responsibly. Please remember she and her mom have been gaming the system for years.


She’s 20 right now. Anyone here care to forecast what she will be, and be doing in 10 years? :(


My guess is the same thing she is going now. The bidding of the likes of Antifa, George Soros and the rest of the left wing lunatics.


Has cal poly kicked this kid off the football team and revoked his scholarship, or will they elect him to their hall of fame?


I believe he is getting his name put on the scoreboard at the stadium, seems to make as much sense as professional athletes putting the name of a rapist on their helmets, sure his victim and her family appreciates that.


I hope you gets convicted of every one of the charges. It is well deserved. She earned it.

As for her hapless attorney’s and the threats of violence and destruction they are promoting, you will be held personally accountable for the threats and destruction if it happens. You can also add the editor of the failing Tribune to that list, for his threats to our communities as well.


I’m wondering what, if any impact this will have on local politics and Harmon’s electability?

My sense is that it probably depends more on the outcome of any trial or plea deal that might not happen before November 3.

Any thoughts?


i think the real affect on Mayor Harmon’s reelection will be the number of students not returning to slo because of the Covid 19 pandemic! Look out for election fraud! with the Mail in voting!

Uncle Jack

Good news. We salute you Mr. Dow!

Buns N Roses

I really don’t know enough about criminal law to opine, but I hope this is just enough to simultaneously thwart future bs here and get the buses of professional victims/“protesters “ from out of town to lose interest and go home. And please take her with you! Do any law experts have predictions for time to be served here, if any?


I will never be a fan of racists, no matter the attempts to cover themselves in “causes” like this. BLM is racist, divisive and destructive. Dow, I think was fair in reducing levels, but still demanding accountability. This will not make a good ending for the fundraising drama the racial marxists are trying to make. Upholding the felony charges would have been a victory for BLM ( which is really about publicity and does not really care about the little minion Arata). The misdemeanor charges are just. The BLM can’t raise money off of misdemeanor charges and sensible people would advise “just pay the fine, and walk away”, but these tools will try to create conflict for funding. Watch.


Newfound respect for Dan Dow!!!