Police arrested a prominent North Sacramento resident this evening after he allegedly made threats to burn down the home of former Sacramento city manager Bob Thomas, according to authorities.
Bob Slobe, whose family originally developed the North Sacramento area, was taken into custody about 7 p.m. during a community forum about the proposed relocation of a card room to a local hotel, said police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.
About 100 people were in attendance at the forum, which was being moderated by Thomas, Gigante said.
Thomas serves as a consultant to a group that seeks to move the Casino Royale card room - owned in part by the son of former Sacramento County Sheriff Lou Blanas - to the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake off Highway 160.
Thomas was moderating the discussion at the front of the room this evening when Slobe began yelling at one of the speakers to "shut up," Gigante said. When the speaker sat down, Slobe allegedly turned his attention to Thomas.
"In a loud and threatening voice, Slobe yelled, 'I'm going to burn your house down' to Bob Thomas," Gigante said. She said Slobe repeated the threat a second time.
Sacramento police Capt. Jim Maccoun, who commands the city's north sector and was in attendance, asked Slobe, 57, to step outside, but Slobe "became angry and a bit resistant," Gigante said.
Maccoun then arrested Slobe on suspicion of making criminal threats, Gigante said. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on a felony count and, as of this evening, was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
The plan to relocate the Casino Royale has come under fire from some North Sacramento residents who fear the move would invite crime and traffic problems.
Slobe's family once owned much of the land that became what is now North Sacramento. His family also transferred 400 acres of what is now the American River Parkway to Sacramento County in 1989.