Felony Fugitive Arrest
updated: Feb 25, 2013, 7:33 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
A felony fugitive who escaped from his electronic monitoring device six months
ago and was wanted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is in custody.
At around 11:15 a.m. Sunday afternoon a citizen at a restaurant in the 700 block
of Linden Avenue in Carpinteria recognized 56 year old Steven Kunes sitting at
the bar. The citizen who had seen Kunes' booking photo on the Santa Barbara
County Sheriff's Office facebook page contacted a friend to confirm his
suspicion. The friend then called 911 to report the felony fugitive. Deputies
responded to the restaurant and took Kunes into custody.
Kunes, a Pennsylvania resident who has also lived in Montecito, has an extensive
criminal history that includes forgery, grand theft and commercial burglary. He
was serving a sentence at the county jail and was approved for electronic
monitoring on August 1st, of 2012. On August 22nd, an alert went out that his
device had been cut at the Fed Ex Office on Hope Avenue. Kunes mailed his device
to a Custody Deputy at the Santa Barbara County jail and fled the area. A
warrant was issued for his arrest.
Kunes is in the Santa Barbara County Jail pending an arraignment on escape
charges. No bail is set.
The felony fugitive arrest is a great example of how the use of social media can
assist in solving crimes. For more information on other subjects wanted by the
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office please visit our website at
www.sbsheriff.org or like us on facebook at the following link
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