Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On Saturday, January 16, 2021, at approximately 11:40 P.M., the Santa Barbara Police Department responded to a closed business in the 100 Block of Nopalitos Way for an alleged burglary-in-progress.

Upon arrival, Officers established a wide perimeter which included Police K9 ‘Kyra.’

The suspect, now identified as Santa Barbara resident, Curt Cary Carpenter, age 54, was seen fleeing the property after jumping a fence line. Officers continued to track Carpenter and contained him within the perimeter.

Curt Cary Carpenter

During a K9 search of the area, K9 Kyra located Carpenter hiding inside a vehicle.  After giving multiple commands to exit, he eventually came out and was taken into custody without incident.

During the subsequent investigation, Officers learned that Carpenter was possibly associated with a vehicle parked in a nearby parking lot. During an inventory search, Officers located a loaded 9mm Springfield XD9, high end scoped pellet rifle, cattle prod style taser and a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Carpenter, a convicted felon, was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail the morning of January 17, 2021, on multiple felony charges including; burglary, possession of a loaded firearm, felon in possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of drugs.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at approximately 3:40 A.M., Santa Barbara Police Officers were dispatched to a motel in the 2800 Block of State Street, on a report of multiple people causing a disturbance.

When the officers arrived, they contacted an individual at the threshold of a motel room who looked to be in distress. Officers suspected a possible robbery-in-progress by a concealed person within the room. Officers gained entry and ordered all occupants out at gunpoint.
A subject now identified as Curt Carpenter, attempted to further conceal himself and refused to comply with Officer commands. Officers feared Carpenter may have a weapon. Carpenter attempted to shut the door on Officers and was tased. Carpenter fell to the ground and was directed by Officers to comply by crawling out of the room. He was then taken into custody.
Within the room and associated with Carpenter, Officers recovered a loaded Glock style .45 acp handgun, a stun gun bat, a large quantity of methamphetamine, heroin, several other illicit pills and a large sum of cash.
On the morning of January 19, 2021 Carpenter was booked once again in Santa Barbara County Jail on multiple felony charges stemming from the motel incident. Those include: robbery, burglary, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm without a serial number, and resisting arrest. Drug-related charges include possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm and possession of drugs for sale.
A $1 million-dollar bail increased was approved by a Santa Barbara County Judge.

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jsavell Feb 11, 2021 09:22 AM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Vaccinate him, place him in jail isolation until the vaccine takes effect, then let him finish his 40 year sentence. COVID is no excuse to avoid jail.

LCP112233 Jan 21, 2021 11:54 AM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Ok. My last comment was illegal. How about the death penalty? Is that ok? Not much different than what I said. And people say that all the time. Shees.

Luvaduck Jan 20, 2021 08:42 AM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Career criminals should be treated more severely than others. It's not about rehabilitation, it's about protecting the public, especially if guns and drugs are involved.

a-1611244474 Jan 21, 2021 07:54 AM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Precisely. Rather than increase the number of gun laws that aren't being enforced we need to enforce the gun laws that are already on the books. This character never should have been released to begin with.

PitMix Jan 20, 2021 07:57 AM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

People arrested for firearm possession should stay in jail for a long time. I sort of see the argument for letting people go for "victimless" property crimes, but firearm possession in the commission of a crime is a serious offense.

ChillinGrillin Jan 19, 2021 09:26 PM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Right on cue the "conservative" shills are quick to turn a crime into an opportunity to make a point. Without fear and blame they have no point, just noise and conspiracy theories. Trickle down economics: dead, wall paid by Mexico: total joke, drain the swamp: filled with alligators instead. Keep blaming Newsom and the Dems for all your problems, it seems to be working out great!

Seabird Jan 19, 2021 08:26 PM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

We need to stop this Covid-release thing, particularly for repeat offenders and armed and/or violent offenders. If the letter of the law doesn't deter them, maybe the possibility of dying of Covid in jail may.

RHS Jan 20, 2021 08:39 AM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Lakergirl: To my knowledge there is no one, no institution, no professional position, no philosophy that places "criminals" over "law abiding citizens" (or non-citizens either for that matter). If you have access to training materials or other statements that demonstrate this concept please share.

JB86 Jan 19, 2021 06:09 PM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

The justice system is in disarray, with dangerous felons being routinely released 'no-bail,' only to immediately commit other crimes. Some of this is because of State COVD rules, some due to 'bail reform,' or 'prison reform,' but the net result is dangerous people being set upon society. Cops are hamstrung and frustrated. Citizens need to prod their elected representatives to be more concerned with public safety. Some people are just 'bad to the bone,' and need to be separated from society.

gizmo1 Jan 19, 2021 05:48 PM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

Every time they arrest somebody that's a felon in possession of a handgun they should take him to Newsum's front door and drop him off we need more Newsum's- Hopefully this recall will prove worthy

dukemunson Jan 19, 2021 09:33 PM
Armed Felon Arrested Twice Within Three Days

That’s pretty good humor! Not sure about the timing as this story is about a multiple felon being released and then immediately committing new and additional multiple felonies... but it is pretty good humor! The idiots storming the capital truly are a good target for humor!!! (But again I can’t really get behind this idea of immediately releasing felons committing crimes with guns... it’s keeping our prison population down... but it kind of seems silly and unsustainable... no?)

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