The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office has decided not to pursue criminal charges against a prominent North Sacramento resident who allegedly threatened to burn down a former city official's house at a public meeting Monday night.
The decision not to prosecute Bob Slobe, 57, was based on a review of police reports and the fact that the alleged victim, former city manager Bob Thomas, did not want charges filed, according to a statement from the DA's office.
"Thomas stated that he and Slobe are longtime friends and neighbors and this was an isolated incident," according to the written statement.
Sacramento police arrested Slobe on suspicion of making criminal threats Monday night after he twice threatened to burn Thomas' house down. The two men were at a public forum to discuss the proposed move of the Casino Royale card room to the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake off Highway 160.
Thomas was moderating the discussion when Slobe's alleged outburst occurred.
The proposed move of the card room - partly owned by the son of former Sacramento County Sheriff Lou Blanas - is opposed by some North Sacramento residents who fear it will draw more traffic and crime to the area.
Slobe is the scion of a well-known family that once owned the land that is now North Sacramento and is married to federal judge Kim Mueller, a former city councilwoman. He has been a long-time activist for his community, and most recently has been involved in discussions about how to handle the homeless population living on the American River Parkway, 400 acres of which his family gave to the county.