Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
2:30 p.m. May 3, 2019

Just before 9:00 a.m. this morning, May 3, 2019, a visitor at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse located in the 1100 block of Anacapa Street observed a messenger bag that appeared to be hidden under a bench in a hallway on the first floor. Sheriff’s bailiffs were notified and based on the suspicious circumstances, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was deployed. Several hundred people were evacuated from the building while the Bomb Squad investigated. Traffic was re-routed around the historic building located in downtown Santa Barbara.

The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad utilized its robot to examine the messenger bag. At approximately 11:30 a.m. during the investigation, the owner came forward and claimed to have left his bag unattended. It was determined there was nothing suspicious inside the bag and the evacuation was lifted.

This case is a great example of what can happen when you leave your bag unattended, especially in a government building. The Sheriff’s Office wants to take this opportunity to praise the community member who saw something suspicious and reported it immediately. Unattended bags or items should always be reported unless they are in an area that is considered normal. Never attempt to examine or move an unattended bag yourself but report it immediately to authorities.

The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is the only public safety Bomb Squad in Santa Barbara County. The squad serves the entire county and all law enforcement jurisdictions at no charge to any requesting agency. The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad provides expert explosive and bomb disposal response 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.


Update by edhat staff
11:15 a.m. May 3, 2019
 
Around 11:00 a.m., Roger the Scanner Guy reported a Code 4 (no further assistance needed) at the evacuation area. Employees were let back into the building. 
 
When more information becomes available, we'll update this article.

Update by Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
9:44 a.m. May 3, 2019

Sheriff's Bomb Squad is responding to investigate a suspicious package that was located inside the Santa Barbara Courthouse just before 9 a.m. this morning. The building has been evacuated. Please avoid the area until its determined to be safe.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
9:23 a.m. May 3, 2019

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is being evacuated downtown. Santa Barbara Police are on the scene blocking traffic on Figueroa between Santa Barbara and Anacapa streets.

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a-1566810832 May 04, 2019 03:40 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

SHOREBIRD. Thanks for posting that link. I think Edhat should have this info on a page so that readers can refer to it when so desired.

a-1566810832 May 03, 2019 04:39 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

Police code buffs, here's a fun police tidbit: See if you notice this next time (heaven forbid) you see those flashing lights and get pulled over . . . Or maybe, preferably, you'll only see it in a movie: "The Reason Police Officers Tap Your Taillight When They Pull You Over. ... If something were to happen to the officer during the traffic stop, their interaction with the driver could be traced back to the fingerprints left on the vehicle." I don't know if this is still done, but I did see it in a newer movie online, and thought "Hey. I just read about that. Cool."

sacjon May 03, 2019 02:30 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

To make things crystal clear - "Unattended Bag at Santa Barbara County Courthouse Prompts Bomb Squad Investigation" -------- https://local.nixle.com/alert/7264252/?sub_id=1304719

a-1566810832 May 03, 2019 01:46 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

I hope all you complainers are PAID subscribers, y'all expect way too much from a (basically) community-run site. And by the way, it does not take longer to google it than it does to type out and post a comment asking what it means, especially not if you append complaints to your comment. Roger, thanks for what you do!!! No complaints here :)

a-1566810832 May 03, 2019 01:31 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

It's not so much asking what it means, as it is saying in a roundabout way: "Roger dear, would you be a dove and next time just quickly say what the code means, so those of us who are concerned about a bomb scare might know that everything is OK, or not? Sorry I caused such kerfuffle. Jeez!

a-1566810832 May 03, 2019 01:20 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

"Code 4 means all is ok" - that took 3.5 seconds to type. So, LESS time than BEBE took to google it. We're not reading this site to learn police codes or research new terms. This is a NEWS SITE, not a research project. All I asked was what does Code 4 mean, albeit with a bit of frustrated tone maybe.

Roger May 04, 2019 05:24 AM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

It might take you 3.5 seconds to type But I type with one finger the rest either have horrible arthritis or have been broken. It takes me more time GOOGLE is much faster.

a-1566810832 May 03, 2019 01:50 PM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

I dunno, I actually enjoy learning the police codes, you'd be surprised how often you hear them used once you become aware of their meanings. What news sites do you read that give you up to the minute updates, with translated codes? Ever read "if you give a moose a muffin"?

CS805 May 03, 2019 09:50 AM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

Sheriff's Bomb Squad Investigating Suspicious Package at SB Courthouse. Happening Now: Sheriff's Bomb Squad is responding to investigate a suspicious package that was located inside the Santa Barbara Courthouse just before 9 a.m. this morning. The building has been evacuated. Please avoid the area until its determined to be safe.#sbsheriff via Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on FB

Roger May 03, 2019 09:45 AM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

According to another report details have not been released yet as to why the courthouse is being evacuated. So it's a good thing I did not guess or I might be under arrest right now...

sacjon May 03, 2019 09:44 AM
Courthouse Evacuated For Unattended Bag

Roger can you give some idea at least as to what it is not? I have family that is most likely in there and haven't heard back from them.

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