Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

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Police Saturation Patrol Quickly Nets Suspect Wanted for Attempted Rape

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Monday night at approximately 8:30 P.M., plain-clothed Santa Barbara Police Officers apprehended 29-year old Angel Anthony Richard Sanchez on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and kidnapping. 

Twenty hours earlier, at approximately 11:30 P.M. Sunday, a female resident of Santa Barbara was walking in the 3700 block of State Street.  She was approached from behind by a man riding a bicycle, who blocked her path and engaged her in a brief one-sided conversation.  After leading her to believe he had a weapon, the suspect grabbed the cell phone out of her hand and threw it far out of reach.  The attacker then pushed her to the ground, threatened her with physical harm, and dragged her into a dimly lit corner of a nearby parking lot where he attempted to sexually assault her.

The attack was interrupted by a Good Samaritan who heard her screams for help and drove his vehicle towards the sound.  Once in the parking lot, the headlights of his vehicle illuminated the scene.   The suspect became startled and fled into the night on his bicycle while the rescuer quickly called 911 for help.

Police arrived to find the woman badly shaken, but able to give a good description of her attacker.

On Monday night, SBPD Officers spotted Sanchez, who matched the suspect description, just steps away from where the original assault took place.  When the officers identified themselves, Sanchez fled on foot. The officers quickly caught up with him and after a protracted struggle, brought him into custody. During the fight, Sanchez attempt to grab a large concealed knife from his waistband.

Sanchez is currently in the Santa Barbara County Jail, awaiting felony arraignment for charges stemming from the assault and subsequent arrest.  Charges include kidnapping to commit a sexual assault, assault to commit rape, false imprisonment, concealing a weapon on his person, and resisting officers.

Police request anyone with additional information about Sanchez and his activities is encouraged to call Santa Barbara Police Detective Douglas Klug at (805) 897-2346 or

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oops Sep 07, 2018 08:04 AM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

The SB police know he is not a legal resident, they purposely did not disclose because they don't want you to know...…

Lina24 Sep 13, 2018 09:45 AM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

How do you know he's illegal? Racists assume that every Mexican looking person is illegal just by looking at them when most are legal documented residents, or are citizens born and raised here.

a-1561630812 Sep 07, 2018 10:37 AM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

Based on his name alone, people assume he's here "illegally?" Is there some other fact in the press release that I'm missing? Or, is it just that most of you are racists?

Luvaduck Sep 07, 2018 08:00 AM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

Like other dogs who have problems with aggressiveness toward females, he should be "fixed". Obviously this comment will offend someone and be taken down, but the 'root' of the problem can be removed.

a-1561630812 Sep 06, 2018 07:45 PM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

If the woman attacked was attempting to make a phone call (911), then there will be an extra charge made against this despicable creep. I wish I could give the guy who stopped and helped a big hug. Thank you, whoever you are, for being a hero.

lss Sep 06, 2018 07:24 PM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

It will be interesting to see if he is let go due to the newly enacted bail reform in Ca. I am betting he will be back on the streets very soon.

a-1561630812 Sep 06, 2018 06:43 PM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

Bless that driver who stopped! I hope you get the community Thomas Guerry award. I live about about 4 blocks north. In other words, that's home. 8:30 p.m. !! Could be walking home from work or dinner, or getting an ice cream. Yeah, every generation says it, but I'm glad I grew up here when I did.

a-1561630812 Sep 06, 2018 06:45 PM
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Rape

Maybe I mean the Extra Step award from the Kiwanis, but you all know what I mean. ____________________________________________________________________ Thank you again, good Samaritan!!!

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