Sheriff's deputies apprehend barricaded suspect in Carpinteria

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office safely apprehended a barricaded suspect Sunday afternoon in Carpinteria.

According to a press release, the incident began early Sunday morning when deputies responded to a domestic dispute at a home on the 1200 block of Franciscan Court.

When they arrived, deputies contacted Lionel Torres, 41, of Carpinteria. Torres was compliant and deputies advised him not to return to the residence.

Just before 1:00 p.m., deputies were called back to the residence after Torres was reported to be forcing his way inside. Once inside, Torres allegedly battered an elderly resident.

As deputies arrived, Torres fled into a de-attached garage and barricaded himself inside. Torres refused to cooperate or communicate with Sheriff’s deputies.

Torres was also believed to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol and in close proximity to antique swords.

Deputies established a perimeter and evacuated nearby neighbors and a  K-9 team was called in to assist.

Deputies were able to access the garage, which had been fortified from the interior. Torres violently resisted arrest and the K-9 was deployed. The K-9 apprehended Torres leaving minor injuries.

He was later treated at a local hospital. Two deputies also suffered minor injuries and were treated in the field.

Torres was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of battery, elder abuse, false imprisonment, resisting arrest with injury, trespassing and battery on a peace officer. His bail was set at $50,000.

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