Foot chase in Santa Barbara nets suspect at gunpoint

Last spot checked found man hiding

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A routine stop for a bicycle violation turned into a chase, a sealed off area in downtown Santa Barbara and an arrest of a man wanted on an out of the area warrant.

Officer Scott Naganuma made the stop in the area of State Street and Arrellaga Street.  After making contact, the man took off, ditched his bike and ran into businesses nearby on foot.

Multiple officers took up positions on all sides of the city block but for some time the suspect could not be located.

As the units were clearing, officer Mark Corbett made a final check in an obscure bathroom location down a walkway with a slightly open door. Inside the suspect was hunched down.

He was arrested at gunpoint.

The identity of the suspect has not been released.

The man was wanted on a warrant from Orange County for an original violation of providing false information.

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