SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Two men are facing a number of felonies including gang enhancements following an incident that began less than 24 hours earlier.
Santa Barbara police say that on May 10, 2018, at about 4:30 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers pulled over a gray GM Sierra after running a stop sign and while the passenger was arrested during that investigation for being under the influence of drugs, the driver was able to get away from officers.
The next day, at about 12:30 a.m., a police officer spotted a green Ford Explorer parked at Garden and E. Yanonali streets in Santa Barbara in a way that presented a danger to passing motorists.
When the officer approached the individuals inside the car, authorities say the officer noticed they had gang tattoos and were under the influence of drugs. One of those men matched the description of the suspect that got away from officers hours earlier. He was identified as 35-year-old Samuel Payan.
Additional officers were called to the scene. Police say both individuals behaved suspiciously and gave false names.
As officers were questioning the two men, Payan stood and took off running but was eventually caught by police, according to authorities. They say Payan was struggling with officers during the arrest when a loaded semi-automatic pistol fell from his clothing.
An unloaded revolver was later found, which police say belonged to Payan.
Gabriel Fonseca, 34, was also arrested during that investigation and faces a number of criminal charges.