Two Suspects in a Stolen Vehicle Arrested Following a Pursuit and Search in Carpinteria
Goleta - February 23rd, 2016
At approximately 3:15 a.m. on February 23, 2016, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy located an occupied stolen 1997 Honda Accord at a convenience store located in the 1100 block of Casitas Pass Rd. in Carpinteria. When the deputy ran the registration, he learned the vehicle had just been stolen from the City of Simi Valley.
Sheriff’s deputies attempted to conduct a high risk stop near Highway 101 and Highway 150. The suspect refused to yield to deputies and drove through residential streets. The vehicle stopped in the 5900 block of Hickory St. and the driver fled on foot into a highly populated residential area. A second suspect remained in the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody.
The California Highway Patrol assisted Sheriff’s deputies with establishing a perimeter. A Santa Barbara County Air Support helicopter and a K-9 team responded to assist in the search. In attempt to evade authorities, the suspect attempted to break into occupied residences in the 5900 block of Via Real. Just before 5:00 a.m., the suspect was located hiding inside an uninvolved citizen’s parked vehicle.
The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Efren Martinez of Los Angeles. He was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of auto theft, vehicle tampering, evading authorities with reckless disregard, conspiracy, resisting arrest, committing a felony while on bail, driving without a license and attempt residential burglary. He is being held on $25,000 bail. The passenger, 26-year-old Cataline Padilla of Long Beach, was also arrested and was booked on charges of possession of stolen property, auto theft and conspiracy. She is being held on $20,000 bail.
The City of Carpinteria contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.
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