Burglary Suspect Arrested After Barricading in Santa Barbara Home

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
5:30 p.m., January 6, 2022

Around 1:30pm, the subject that unlawfully entered the home near the area of Verano Drive and San Martin Way was safely taken into custody without incident.

SBPD Crisis Negotiators, who work in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County’s Behavioral Science Unit Manager, attempted dozens of times to communicate with the suspect in hopes of him surrendering. All forms of verbal communication failed, and the suspect refused all requests from law enforcement.

At one point prior to arrest, the suspect had armed himself with a wine bottle. The home fortunately had large glass windows that provided Officers a clear view into the residence where they were able to monitor most of the subject’s actions. Once the suspect had disarmed himself of the wine bottle, SWAT members entered the home to take the suspect into custody. A search and arrest warrant was authorized prior to entry.

The suspect, identified as German Hernandez Jr., a 27-year-old transient was arrested in a bedroom on the second level of the home. During the arrest, Hernandez Jr. resisted and spat at Officers.

Hernandez Jr. was not injured but was transported to Cottage Hospital Emergency Room for a medical clearance and evaluation. Once medically cleared, Hernandez Jr. was taken to Santa Barbara County Jail and booked for Committing a Felony while out on Bail (felony), Burglary (felony), Looting During a State of Emergency (felony), Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor), and Prowling (misdemeanor). He was booked on $75,000 bail.

Hernandez Jr. had just been released from jail yesterday for a similar incident that occurred in the County of Santa Barbara earlier this week.

The reason Hernandez Jr. entered the home is still under investigation and is not known at this time.

The family dog was found safe in the house and was reunited with their owners.

The roads were re-opened shortly after the incident had concluded.

Officers arresting the suspect (Photo: SBPD)

Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
12:50 p.m., January 6, 2022

On January 6, 2022, around 09:21am, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a report about a burglary in progress from a resident in the area of Verano Drive and San Martin Way. The resident informed dispatchers that her and her younger daughter had locked themselves in an upstairs bathroom and a subject unknown to them was still inside the home.

Multiple officers responded to the area and were able to safely extricate the residents from a second story bathroom window using a fire department ladder. 

It is believed there is one male suspect inside the residence at this time and he is refusing all verbal commands to exit the home. A perimeter has been established and SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and County Mental Health are currently on scene.

It is believed there is no threat to the public at this time. Santa Barbara Police are asking everyone to please avoid the area. Road closures are in place and no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the area.  There is no threat to any of the schools in the area.

This situation is currently unfolding. No further information at this time.

Road closures include; Verano Dr & La Colina Rd., San Martin Way & Rosario Dr., and Verano Dr. & Primavera Rd.

By an edhat reader
10:39 a.m., January 6, 2022

Hearing a large Sheriff Deputy response on the scanner on San Martin Way, off Highway 154 in the unincorporated SB area.

Something about a burglary suspect being barricaded or hiding. Streets are closed in the area.

Photo by Scanner Andrew

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edney Jan 07, 2022 06:36 PM
Burglary Suspect Arrested After Barricading in Santa Barbara Home

Unfortunately for the neighbor, his or her life is is your hands.
Call 911, but if you are being prevented from calling or facing off against aggression that is or may escalate into physical violence you may protect yourself and family by any means available to you.
You should be very clear in your commands so that the people upthread who may be on the jury don't send you to prison.

edney Jan 07, 2022 06:29 PM
Burglary Suspect Arrested After Barricading in Santa Barbara Home

A side note.
Laws vary from state to state. For example in Texas you can pursue and use deadly force outside your home and into the street to protect or recover stolen property which is why the TX felony threshold of $2500 is higher that CA at $990


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