Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

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Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Santa Barbara man for an attempted kidnapping that occurred earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, November 9, 2022, Community Resource Deputy (CRD) Bryan Dickey was notified by Carpinteria Middle School staff of a kidnapping incident that had occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2022, in the 5500-block of Carpinteria Avenue near the entrance to the bicycle path. CRD Dickey spoke with the female juvenile reporting party who provided a thorough account of the incident and a suspect description.

SRD Dickey and patrol deputies conducted a follow-up investigation, identifying the suspect as 51-year-old Elias Maldonado from Santa Barbara and tracking him to a motel in the 5500-block of Carpinteria Avenue. Deputies also learned that Maldonado had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, at approximately 9:50 a.m., SRD Dickey along with patrol deputies and a Sheriff’s K-9 unit contacted Maldonado at the Motel where he was taken into custody after briefly attempting to flee.

Maldonado has been booked at the Main Jail for attempted kidnapping of a child under the age of 14 (felony) and obstructing a peace officer (misdemeanor) as well as his outstanding warrant for domestic violence (felony) and false imprisonment (felony). He is being held on $150,000 bail.

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Basicinfo805 Nov 11, 2022 02:01 PM
Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

I’d agree on the No Bail for this. Unfortunately that’s not where CA is at, but if you try and kidnap a girl you shouldn’t be able to buy you’re way out so you can maybe have a chance of running from the law.

Gimli Nov 11, 2022 10:22 AM
Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

I remember sometime back in the 80's a man tried to kidnap a girl late afternoon at SBJR on East Cota St. This man wound up at the ER with some fractures and maybe a couple of cracked ribs and arrested. The girl had some minor bruises. Yeah, she kicked his butt pretty good due to the fact she was advanced in her Martial Arts class. Parents! Sign up your kids to learn Martial Arts so they can defend themselves in situations like this.

Luvaduck Nov 11, 2022 09:31 AM
Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

With the possible exception of familial custody battles, those who abduct children have are severely damaged with miniscule possibility of reform. They should never again be unsupervised which means a life sentence, although possibly in a situation where they can contribute whatever talents they may have to the closed society in which they need to be confined for society's sake and sometimes their own. Some know what they do is wrong and hate themselves for it but can't stop. Others are predators by choice. EIther way they are too dangerous to live freely.

swarfmaster Nov 11, 2022 08:20 AM
Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

I'm glad I was not the arresting officer otherwise I would be in the cell and he would have not survived the encounter. People like this are trash. I commend the officers for keeping their cool. It isn't clear if the poor girl was still with him.

SBSand Nov 11, 2022 06:47 AM
Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

I'm so glad he didn't hurt the child! Consequences for this should be SEVERE, the intent behind it should be a factor of the punishment and there is no way that this sick pos intended to do anything but cause serious harm and possibly death to this child.

doulie Nov 10, 2022 11:27 PM
Man Arrested for Attempting to Kidnap Carpinteria Child

Nice follow-up by deputies that led to the suspect's arrest. Based on the times involved, can't help but wonder if the victim reported this crime to her parents/family before returning to school the following day and making it known to school personnel.

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