The Half Moon Bay resident arrested for firing his gun at an RV park last year was sentenced to a two-year ban from entering the city by a mental health court judge last week.

On Nov. 3, Judge Lisa Novak placed Johnathan Chebahtah on two years of probation, along with a list of requirements, including that he complete the Pathways Program. The mental health program is run by multiple county agencies including the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.

Chebahtah, 36, is required to stay out of the city of Half Moon Bay and away from all six victims who testified, take prescribed medications, and stay away from drugs, alcohol and firearms. In lieu of six months in county jail, he accepted entrance into the Our Common Ground program, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in Redwood City.

In September 2020, San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chebahtah after he shot at his neighbors in the RV Park on Wavecrest Road in Half Moon Bay. Nobody was injured in the shooting. Chebahtah reportedly told deputies that he wanted to die and barricaded himself in his RV and lit it on fire. He tried to flee on his bicycle but was arrested at the scene, according to a Sheriff’s Office release.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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I can't even begin to correct all the glaring errors in this story. You didn't even bother to get his name right. I used to be a journalist. I know what it's like. You're bad. And you are messing with people's lives by printing inaccuracies. Do your homework--or better yet, don't print completely false stories that are going to completely ruin someone's life.

John Charles Ullom

"Chebahtah reportedly told deputies that he wanted to die and barricaded himself in his RV and lit it on fire."

This was and is disinformation put forth by the Sheriff's Office. The guy livestreamed himself, outside of the RV, which was fully engulfed at the time. He then commented on having a bad day, put a gun in his mouth, and ended the live stream.


You are not even close. Don't comment on things you clearly know nothing about. He didn't comment on having a bad day. He has a severe mental illness, something he could not have predicted. He did try to kill himself. He put a gun in his mouth. He begged the sheriffs to kill him. And now you all want to act like you know something about the situation. Given the chance, you would gladly grab a pitchfork and a torch and join right in the lynch mob. Shameful.

John Charles Ullom

"You are not even close."

I saw the video Dawn. He did and said exactly as I wrote. The Sheriff put out a different narrative. One that has been repeated here.

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