Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
3:00 p.m., March 23, 2023
A parental kidnapping suspect has been taken into custody after leading deputies on a pursuit into the City of Santa Barbara.
On Thursday, March 23, 2023, at approximately 10:56 a.m., deputies responded to the area of Santa Barbara County Social Services on Camino Del Remedio for a report of a parental kidnapping that had just occurred.
Deputies spotted the suspect, 39-year-old Sandra Tapia of Canoga Park, fleeing the area in her Audi SUV on Calle Real at Camino Del Remedio where they attempted to stop the vehicle. Tapia failed to yield, and lead deputies on a pursuit along southbound Highway 101, exiting on Garden and then through City streets. Pursuing deputies lost sight of Tapia’s vehicle in the area of W. Pedregosa and De La Vina Street where they terminated their pursuit.
Assisting deputies shared information with the Santa Barbara Police Department, who located Tapia, her vehicle, and the 1-year-old female victim in the 200-block of E. Los Olivos Street.
Tapia was taken into custody at approximately 11:18 a.m. without further incident and will be booked at the Main Jail for kidnapping (felony), child endangerment (felony), evading (felony), and driving under the influence (misdemeanor). Tapia’s bail amount is pending.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our partners at the Santa Barbara Police Department for their teamwork in safely apprehending this suspect.
The infant victim was released to Social Services at the scene and was not physically injured.
Reported by Bob on the Scanner
12:00 p.m., March 23, 2023
Today [Thursday] around 11:00 a.m., Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Deputies* engaged in a high speed pursuit of a suspect in a vehicle through the streets of Santa Barbara possibly involved in a kidnapping.
Vehicle initially reported as a white SUV, possibly and Audi, driven by a female suspected to be DUI with a young child in the vehicle. Scanner traffic stated something about the young child, 1-year-old female, taken from the County Social Services building off Calle Real.
The child is also unrestrained in the front seat of the vehicle. Pursuit went on the freeway and got off near Gutierrez.
Driver was taken into custody less than 30 minutes later near the SB Mission on E. Los Olivos Street. CPS (child protection service) responded to take care of the child while the woman was arrested.
Appears to be no injuries to the woman or child.
*[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified Santa Barbara Police as initating the high speed pursuit].
Reported by edhat readers
11:11 a.m.: White Audi speeding through traffic with police in chase. Sitting on Garden street walking my dog I heard a car fast approaching and then sirens came after. Several SBPD vehicles were in pursuit of said White newer model Audi. Unknown as to reason or what’s going on now.
11 Am Multiple police cars chasing silver sedan on freeway, exiting southbound at garden and headed east