Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

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Update: Santa Barbara County District Attorney
June 6, 2019

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Omar Alberto Leon, age 28, has been charged with one count of willful, premeditated and deliberate murder in the death of Lilia Munoz, age 29.  This prosecution arises from an investigation of a 911 call on June 4, 2019 at 4:48 p.m. from an apartment complex in the first block of South Soledad Street in the City of Santa Barbara.

Mr. Leon is currently in custody with bail set at $1,000,000.  His arraignment is scheduled for June 7, 2019, in Department 8 of the Figueroa Division of the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

See the felony complaint regarding People v. Omar Alberto Leon; Case No. 19CR05250 at the bottom of the page. 


Update: Santa Barbara Police Department 
June 6, 2019

On Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 4:48 P.M., Santa Barbara Police Officers were dispatched to a disturbance of the peace involving a female heard crying over the phone by the 911 dispatcher. It was determined that the call was placed from an apartment complex in the first block of South Soledad Street in the City of Santa Barbara.

When Officers arrived and approached a chaotic scene within an interior court yard, a male subject, now identified as Omar Alberto Leon, age 28, surrendered to arrest and was taken into custody.

An initial investigation found a deceased female inside an apartment. The suspect and victim, Lilia Munoz, age 29, shared the residence.

Multiple Patrol Officers and Detectives secured the scene to preserve evidence and commenced to questioning the many bystanders at the scene.  

Leon was taken into custody and transported by Officers to the Police Station for questioning.

Leon was booked for murder in Santa Barbara County Jail during the early morning hours of June 5th.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
June 4, 2019

Roger reports possible homicide in the first block of South Soledad Street. There's a confirmed fatality with a suspect in custody. All units responding code 3.

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Sb805103 Jun 12, 2019 07:38 AM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

The GoFundMe page to help her children and parents with anything, if people are kind enough to help and stop assuming and judging. gf.me/u/td6xcv

Sb805103 Jun 14, 2019 06:30 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Who would down comment this? It is to help her parents and children out? Some selfish people out there. You dont have to donate if you dont want to, it is to help spread the news of her GoFundMe page.

Flicka Jun 07, 2019 10:39 AM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

People often ignore cries for help, don't want to get involved. A woman was killed in a condo here in Carp some years ago. The next door neighbor heard yelling for help but did nothing. Mom told me years ago people should holler "Fire" and there will be a reaction, at least calling the Fire Dept. "Fire" would be a threat to neighbors too so they wouldn't ignore it.

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 03:26 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

When I read in the communique sent to me by SBPD that the woman was crying on the phone to the 911 dispatch, it brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry they couldn't save her. Let's hope the man is locked away where he cannot harm another woman.

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 03:14 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Some of these comments are so out of touch with reality and any knowledge of the cycle of DV abuse that it's scary especially in 2019. No wonder why there is probably still a stigma and inability for these victims to speak up or get help. Seriously if you have no idea or training about DV please keep your commetns to yourself. Others who are currently silent victims do not need to be silenced further by some of these inane and uninformed/unintelligent comments.

oops Jun 06, 2019 01:14 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Doubtful this is the first occurrence for this dude. With that many bystanders, no one called the police prior? Were they just minding their own business?

Roger Jun 06, 2019 08:46 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

I hear about a dozen 415 Domestics a day most of them are called in by neighbors. I8 have heard that before where someone thinks someone else will call it in so they don't but it's not true here...We are proud snitches in Santa Barbara.

Sb805103 Jun 06, 2019 08:19 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

No one knows when it happened. What time it happened and who found the body, can people stop assuming and give the family some privacy and respect, time to grieve. Some people are so private you cannot tell what happens behind closed doors.

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 05:42 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Agreed! Sadly, it happens. There's a special psychology behind it even. People will hear a crime being committed, they'll hear someone screaming and they will think that surely someone is going to help so they don't need to. There's been times where nobody even called 911 because they figure somebody else will. It is so disgusting! As a society we all need to stand up and help each other, help the old lady cross the street, prevent somebody from beating somebody else out, don't just sit and watch! So sad.

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 11:38 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Finally! I thought I would never see the words "Roger is right" on this website. So thank you for saying what I think was a wonderful comment about Roger. I only see/read a lot of cruel intentions towards a man who takes from his personal time to keep us informed. So once again, Yippy to you and Roger!

Flicka Jun 06, 2019 12:00 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Parents are role models for their children. Sometimes women who grew up in a dysfunctional family, with a father abusing mother women think that is just the way relationships are. They put up with abuse from husbands or partners. So very sad. RIP to this poor woman.

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 11:47 AM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

What happened between the time she was crying on the phone to dispatch, and he was arrested. The suspect is 28, the victim was 29, and they shared the residence. He caused her death directly or indirectly? Very strange accounting by S.B.P.D. You can do better.

PitMix Jun 06, 2019 11:42 AM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

What I have never understood is how someone thinks they could physically assault their partner the first time and have any chance of holding onto them. It just doesn't seem like someone could ever have that kind of control over another person. But I guess if you get a toxic mix of poverty and family circumstances and family history and few options and violence then it is possible. Plus they say the perps seem genuinely sorry and beg for forgiveness afterward and promise it will never happen again. Yuck.

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 03:21 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

PITMIX. A good friend of mine, a highly educated woman from a family with zero history of physical violence, married an exceptionally handsome and also well-educated high-earner man. When my friend told me, prior to the marriage, that her partner had "shoved" her into some "kitchen cupboards," I warned her, quite strenuously, not to marry that man. I told her if he was physically abusive once, things might well escalate. She married him anyway, spent about three years of her life with a man she regretted marrying. When they were divorcing, he did everything he could to mess with my friend's credit, bank accounts, etc. She "got out from under it" eventually, but . . . this man even tried to win her back at one point. You never know what abuse takes place or how much anyone, male or female, will put up with to try and salvage a toxic relationship.

PitMix Jun 06, 2019 01:28 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

It's true that domestic violence is not only for poor people, but I think in this case they were. I understand the reality that domestic violence is a complicated situation and there are many reasons why people stay. I guess I would hope that we were teaching everyone that no one should stay in a situation like this- the first time it happens, they should leave and never go back. If we aren't teaching people that, then why not?

a-1561573585 Jun 06, 2019 12:35 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

PITMIX, you're right, you don't understand at all. It does not take the "perfect storm" you speak of for an abused person to stay in a relationship with their abuser. Abuse is very complicated for the abused person, you are minimizing many peoples' reality.

Luvaduck Jun 05, 2019 11:37 AM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Domestic disputes in our family are "settled" with a lot of glares, nasty comments that require apologies and general huffiness. I wish all families would use words not weapons. Not that words can't be devastating, but they don't take lives.

Factotum Jun 06, 2019 12:02 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Tell that to Domestic Violence Solutions. Do not undersell the multitude of local agencies that stand ready to help, to intervene and to prevent. Sometimes you simply have to blame the perpetrators; and no one else.

PitMix Jun 06, 2019 11:37 AM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Umm, let's see, if you take away the roots of crime, then there isn't any crime. Seems pretty clear to me. Domestic abusers have usually experienced it as kids and play it out in their adult lives. If the cycle isn't broken somehow it repeats. But it seems so much easier to spread hate and destruction in our world than it is to spread love and healing. Not sure why that is.

a-1561573585 Jun 04, 2019 07:18 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

What would you expect them to look like? They should be clean, and well taken care of, this is Santa Barbara, even our housing for homeless is very nice!

a-1561573585 Jun 04, 2019 06:17 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Reportedly, from neighbors gathered on the corner of Soledad and Quinientos, the victim was a female teenager whose father is "a person of interest." The location is the SB Housing Authority apartments midway on Soledad between Quinientos and Carpinteria Streets.

Always_Running Jun 04, 2019 06:22 PM
Domestic Violence Suspected Charged with Murder

Did you read the article? That was a prior stabbing on “ 1:15 a.m. Saturday on the 1300 block of Cacique Street.” also the story was post at 11am and updated at 2pm. Don’t spread gossip unless you know details

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