press release - 02261701

Sheriff's K-9 Team Apprehends Barricaded Subject


Carpinteria- February 26th, 2017


A Sheriff’s K9 team safely apprehended a barricaded subject today, February 26, 2017, in Carpinteria. The incident began early this morning when deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the 1200 block of Franciscan Court. Upon arrival, deputies contacted 41-year-old Lionel Torres of Carpinteria.  He was compliant and deputies advised him not to return to the residence.


At approximately 12:55 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies were called back to the residence after Torres was reported to be forcing his way inside. Once inside, Torres allegedly battered an elderly resident. As deputies arrived, Torres fled into a de-attached garage. Torres barricaded himself inside the garage and refused to cooperate or communicate with Sheriff’s deputies. He was also believed to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol and in close proximity to antique swords.


Deputies established a perimeter and evacuated nearby neighbors. A Sheriff’s K-9 team was called in to assist. Deputies were able to access the garage, which had been fortified from the interior. Torres violently resisted arrest and the K-9 was deployed. The K-9 apprehended Torres leaving minor injuries. He was later treated at a local hospital prior to booking. Two deputies also suffered minor injuries and were treated in the field.


Torres was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of battery, elder abuse, false imprisonment, resisting arrest with injury, trespassing and battery on a peace officer with bail set at $50,000.


The City of Carpinteria contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for police services.


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