Pull a gun at a bar in Arroyo Grande, land in jail

September 6, 2021


A man is in jail after he allegedly threatened people with a gun at an Arroyo Grande bar early Sunday morning, prompting a police search leading to the suspect’s arrest.

At about 1 a.m., callers reported a man brandishing the firearm at a bar in the 100 block of W. Branch Street. When officers arrived, they spotted two males running away from the area.

Police attempted to stop the suspects but they continued to flee, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

With the help of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and the Grover Beach and Pismo Beach police departments, officers located both of the suspects, who had been hiding.

Investigators searched the area and found a loaded handgun that one of the suspects had discarded. Amid the investigation, Anthony Isaac Holder, 21, was identified as the individual who brandished the gun, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

Officers arrested Holder and booked him in the SLO County Jail on charges of making terrorist threats, exhibiting a firearm, possessing a loaded firearm and resisting arrest. Holder remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Officer Gregory Pierce at (805) 473-5110.


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“Pull a gun at a bar in AG, land in jail.” Not just AG. If you pull a gun at a bar anywhere in the US, you will land in jail and rightly so. This isn’t Afghanistan!


It’s not that simple.There are plenty of states where “stand your ground” or “no duty to retreat” laws would protect you brandishing a firearm at a bar if you legally have a ccw license, haven’t instigated the fight and aren’t intoxicated.

Texas for example — if some lunatic decides to smash a bottle (turning it into a deadly weapon) and threaten your life, you’re well within your rights to defend yourself with a firearm. (ie. don’t bring a bottle to a gun fight.)


Sounds like good old R&Ds! Surprised they haven’t had their Liquor License pulled yet for all the fights they have. I guess a bit of money under the table makes this alright. ;)


Isn’t our politics, red versus blue, like a bar fight?


I remember someone going through the window of Bill’s Place 15 years or so ago, I wasn’t there. Also in the 100 block of West Branch. We need more information. But yeah, probably Ralph and Duane’s. Still glad to see that both are still here in this age of gentrification. Maybe they need to be preserved as historical landmarks.


Great bar, have your Covid protocol in place though. Hang out in the rear patio.