press release - 03241601

Sheriff's News Conference



Pierre Haobsh, 27


Pierre Haobsh, 27

Triple Homicide Investigation


Santa Barbara - March 25th, 2016 UPDATED



The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference today, March 25, 2016, at Sheriff’s Headquarters to announce the arrest of a suspect in the triple homicide case.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown released the following statement:


“On Wednesday evening, March 23, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sheriff’s dispatch received a call to check on the welfare of Dr. Henry Han at 4640 Greenhill Way in the unincorporated Goleta area.  The call came from a colleague of Dr. Han’s who said that he had not shown up for a business meeting in Los Angeles that morning, which was highly uncharacteristic of him, and that no one had heard from him or been able to contact him since that time.  Two of his business associates went to his home to check on him.  When they arrived they saw the front door ajar, and could see both of the vehicles that belonged to Dr. Han and his wife were parked in the garage. 


Sheriff’s deputies arrived at 5:32 p.m. to check on Dr. Han’s welfare.  When they entered and searched through the residence, they discovered the bodies of three deceased persons.  These remains were subsequently identified as being those of 57-year-old Dr. Weidong Henry Han, his 29-year-old wife Huijie (Whae-Jee) Yu, also known as “Jennie” and their 5-year-old daughter Emily.  Although autopsies have yet to be conducted, preliminary indications are that all of the victims suffered gunshot wounds.  (The Sheriff also added during a question and answer period that the victims were all wrapped in plastic, duct-taped and found in the garage.)


The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was immediately mobilized and launched an intensive and comprehensive investigation.  An extensive processing of the crime scene was conducted by Sheriff’s Forensics investigators and criminalists from the state’s Department of Justice Crime Lab. Numerous interviews of people connected with Dr. Han and his family was conducted.  A time-line was established that indicated Mrs. Han and her daughter Emily had last been seen alive at approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.  Dr. Han had last been seen alive at approximately 10:00 p.m. that same evening. 


During the course of the investigation, detectives developed information that pointed to a business acquaintance of Dr. Han’s as a possible suspect.  That person was identified as 27-year-old Pierre Haobsh (Hau-Psh) a U.S. Citizen living in Oceanside, California.  Preliminary indications are that he was recently involved in a business transaction with Dr. Han. 


Information was soon developed that Haobsh was in the Oceanside area.  A no-bail Ramey Arrest Warrant and a Search Warrant were obtained.  A surveillance operation was initiated, and as a result, at approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning, March 25, the suspect was seen driving a vehicle that detectives had previously matched him to.  He was followed to a gas station in Bonsall, an unincorporated area in San Diego County near Oceanside, and he was taken into custody, at gunpoint, without incident. 


Detectives recovered a loaded 9mm handgun and property believed to belong to one of the victim’s in the suspect’s vehicle, a 2013 red Lexus four-door sedan.  The suspect was subsequently transported to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s headquarters.  He became ill, was transported to the hospital for examination and was medically cleared.  He will be booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on three counts of murder. 


This investigation is far from over. It is complex and on-going.  We anticipate that we will release more information early next week.  We are still investigating the motive for this crime but preliminary indications are that it was for financial gain.


I want to take a moment to express my admiration for our Criminal Investigations Division investigators, whose tenacity and investigative skill led to an arrest being made within 32 hours of our agency’s involvement with this case.  I also want to recognize, thank and acknowledge the extraordinary assistance we have received from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice Crime Lab, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oceanside Police Department.  I was in Sacramento yesterday attending a mental health commission meeting and I want to thank Undersheriff Barney Melekian for his leadership in directing the investigation during that time. 


This tragic case is a terrible blow to the Santa Barbara area and to the medical community at large.  Dr. Han had an impressive background in both Chinese herbal medicine and Western medicine.  He co-authored several books on the integration of the two medical techniques and he owned and ran the Santa Barbara Herb Clinic since 1991. Dr. Han had an extensive patient network in the Santa Barbara area and beyond.  His wife Jennie worked alongside him at the clinic and by all accounts they were loving parents to their daughter Emily.  The murder of young Emily, who would have turned six tomorrow, is especially difficult for the Foothill School community.  This is the second tragedy in the last two years that has involved the murder of three of their current or former students. 


This was a diabolical, pre-mediated crime, one of the most odious that I have ever been involved with or that this agency has ever investigated.  We will continue to thoroughly investigate its circumstances and bring evidence to the District Attorney’s Office so that justice can be served.”


Due to the on-going investigation, we do not anticipate releasing any additional information until early next week.



March 24th, 2016


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of the three homicide victims who were found deceased last evening, March 23, 2016, inside a residence in the 4600 block of Greenhill Way.  The victims are 57-year-old Dr. Weidong Henry Han, his wife 29-year old Huijie Yu, who was known as Jennie, and their five-year-old daughter Emily Han, a kindergartner at Foothill Elementary School.

The investigation is on-going and an update will be provided tomorrow at noon.






The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has positively identified the three decedents who were found murdered last night, March 23, 2016, inside a residence in the 4600 block of Greenhill Way.  The names of the victims and any identifying information are being withheld until next of kin are notified.

Sheriff’s detectives are actively investigating this case and are working around the clock to determine who is responsible for this horrific crime. Detectives are following up on all leads and while they are not ruling out any possibilities, early indications are that this was not a random attack.

The Sheriff’s Forensics Unit and Department of Justice Forensics Unit are working together to carefully process the scene as is standard protocol on homicide cases.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip-Line at 805-681-4171.

Due to the on-going investigation, this is all the information that will be released at this time.  We will send an updated press release at 10:00 p.m. tonight.






The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a triple homicide case.  Last night, March 23, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a check the welfare call at a residence located in the 4600 block of Greenhill Way.  When deputies entered the home, they determined a suspicious death investigation was warranted.


Early this morning, March 24, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant authorizing detectives to enter the residence.  Once inside, Coroner’s investigators recovered the remains of three individuals from the residence.


The Sheriff’s Forensics Unit with the assistance of a Department of Justice Forensics Unit is processing the crime scene and gathering evidence.


The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is in the process of positively identifying the victims and notifying next of kin.  Until that process is complete, no identifying information regarding the victims will be released.  A post-mortem examination will be conducted on each of the victims to determine cause and manner of death.




Suspicious Death Investigation


Santa Barbara – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a suspicious death investigation at a residence in the 4600 block of Greenhill Way located in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County between Santa Barbara and Goleta. 


At approximately 5:30 p.m. tonight, March 23, 2016, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence for a check the welfare call.  When Sheriff’s deputies arrived and entered the home, they found evidence inside that prompted a suspicious death investigation.


Due to early stage of this active investigation, we are not able to release further details at this time.  Sheriff’s detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau are at the residence and will be working throughout the night to conduct a thorough investigation.  



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