Sheriff’s K9 Team Apprehends Jail Escapee

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
July 6, 2022

An inmate has been returned to custody after a brief escape that ended with a K9 apprehension. On Tuesday, July 6, 2022, at approximately 6:50 p.m., 26-year-old Nicholas Erickson of Santa Barbara escaped from the Santa Barbara County Main Jail. Erickson had originally been booked on Saturday, June 18, 2022, by the Santa Barbara Police Department for charges including burglary (felony), vandalism (felony), vehicle theft (felony), loitering (misdemeanor), obstruction (misdemeanor), grand theft (felony), and committing a crime while released on bail (felony) as well as several outstanding warrants for theft and elder abuse charges. His original bail was $150,000.

Custody deputies immediately locked down the Main Jail and notified patrol of the escape. Sheriff’s deputies, including two K9 teams, responded to the area and began searching within minutes. Deputies set up a perimeter area and requested a response from County Air Support to assist with the search. County Air Support responded to the area with Air 50, a Cessna 206 airplane, and coordinated the search with deputies on the ground. While they were searching, a resident in the 4600-block of Sierra Madre reported seeing a suspicious subject in the area.

As deputies closed in on the area, Air 50 tracked Erickson as he worked his way through brush towards Oak Glen Drive. Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Farley and his K9 Odin encountered Erickson who feigned surrender and failed to comply with verbal commands before attempting to flee towards Oak Glen Drive. Deputy Farley deployed K9 Odin who tumbled down a hill and fell from an 8–10-foot drop onto a sidewalk before apprehending Erickson in the 4500-block of Oak Glen Drive. Erickson was re-arrested at 8:20 p.m. and received medical attention for minor injuries sustained during his escape attempt as well as the K9 apprehension. K9 Odin was treated at an area veterinary hospital for a leg injury and is expected to recover.

Erickson was re-booked at the Main Jail with additional charges of escape (felony), obstruction (misdemeanor), and harming a police dog (misdemeanor). He is being held on $200,000 bail. Custody staff are conducting a thorough and ongoing internal investigation into this escape. The method of escape and details that compromise jail security are not available for release.

Suspect Arrested After Escaping County Jail

By Scanner Andrew
8:09 p.m., July 5, 2022

A suspect was caught and arrested in the 4500 block of Oak Glen Drive after escaping from the county jail.


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MJ3 Jul 07, 2022 09:11 AM
Sheriff’s K9 Team Apprehends Jail Escapee

I remember maybe 15 years ago on July 4th, a similar situation occurred and they sent up helicopter(s) to search for the "escapee". Copters must have been in the air for a couple hours making all kinds of racket in the neighborhoods. Once they recaptured the escapee, information came out that he didn't escape but was released by accident. His crime? Driving on a suspended license.

I've always wondered how much that cost the county tax payers.

ljmdance Jul 07, 2022 06:40 AM
Sheriff’s K9 Team Apprehends Jail Escapee

Have a very close to the main jail, and it frustrates me that I have never been notified of any of the escapes from the jail in 27 years.

ScannerAndrew Jul 05, 2022 08:13 PM
Sheriff’s K9 Team Apprehends Jail Escapee

Not sure what the initial call was, but units have a perimeter set up around the area from Turnpike to Camino Del Remedio. Requesting a unit to Camino Del Remedio & Cathedral Oaks for perimeter

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