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DA files charges against Tianna Arata and Elias Bautista 

District Attorney Dan Dow announced that following a review of the criminal investigation, charges have been filed against two individuals involved in the protest occurring on July 21, 2020.

Tianna Isis Arata Wentworth (Tianna Arata) is charged with thirteen misdemeanor counts including: one count of unlawful assembly, one count of disturbing the peace, six counts of obstruction of a thoroughfare, and five counts of false imprisonment.

Elias Bautista is charged 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.

“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,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “Ms. Arata Wentworth’s 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.”

Arata and Bautista are scheduled to be arraigned in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.

The investigation into the events of July 21, 2020 is ongoing and may result in additional charges against other individuals, according to the DA.

Every criminal defendant is legally presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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