Man ordered to stay away from Round Table back in custody

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The man told to stay away from two Auburn Round Table Pizza restaurants is back in Placer County Jail. According to a probation officer, Scarbrough may have been trying to return to the courtroom or jail. Brian Michael Scarbrough, 24, was sentenced June 17 to three years probation and 240 days in Placer County Jail for a felony charge of having a concealed firearm on his person. Scarbrough, a former Round Table employee, was arrested March 17 after he allegedly threatened a Round Table employee at the Auburn Town Center location on Elm Avenue. Scarbrough reportedly displayed, but did not brandish, a .45 caliber handgun. Auburn Town Center was closed while Auburn police and SWAT teams searched for Scarbrough. He was arrested later that day without incident on Auburn Ravine Road, and the center reopened. Scarbrough pleaded guilty to the felony charge in May. As part of his sentencing, Judge Colleen Nichols ordered Scarbrough to stay at least 100 yards away from the Round Table Pizzas in Auburn Town Center and on Grass Valley Highway during the term of his probation. Scarbrough was serving the remainder of his jail time through alternative sentencing. He was required to wear a global positioning system monitoring device for 30 days. On June 22 the Placer County Probation Department took Scarbrough back into custody. “He was on electronic monitoring alternative sentencing,” said David McManus, manager of court services and alternative sentencing for the probation department. “He violated the rules of the program and that is why he has returned to custody. We take that pretty seriously since (the probation department) is doing that program in lieu of being in custody.” McManus said the probation department is not sure yet if this will change the terms of Scarbrough’s probation. “I don’t see anything that is going to affect his probation at this point,” he said. “Right now it’s just potentially a rule violation of the electronic monitoring program. We have to look at his well-being and public safety and then make decisions accordingly.” Scarbrough’s current living environment was a big concern for the department because of his felony charge, McManus said but declined to comment further. “He was not staying with his family,” McManus said. Scarbrough’s family members previously declined to comment about the case. Scarbrough said he had decided his living environment was not a good place to be carrying out the conditions of his probation, McManus said. “He apparently, what he told us, tried to get back on the court calendar or turn himself in to the jail,” McManus said. “He had concerns about his environment, and when we showed up we agreed.” Scarbrough is scheduled to appear in Placer County Court Wednesday for a review of his case. McManus said the probation department would support Scarbrough living somewhere new after the court review. “If the court entertains a release again to finish his sentence, we will suggest a different place to live, and he will agree,” he said. Reach Bridget Jones at