A Montecito man arrested during an early-morning standoff used to be a jeweler to the stars.
One of David Tallman’s customers said she once bought a $16,000 gold and gem covered Tahitian boar’s tusk that is similar to designs the jeweler made for Mick Jagger and Yoko Ono.
Diana Fornas called Tallman talented and kind-hearted.
In recent years, his neighbors called him unstable.
One neighbor said he showed up in his underwear and tried to sell jewelry to his wife.
Other neighbors said he had a heroin problem and burned bridges by borrowing money without paying it back.
Tallman, 66, was facing eviction but had been offered a place to stay.
He is accused of making threats and resisting arrest.
Deputies said he was taken to a hospital for an medical evaluation.