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Wanted burglary suspects arrested after Goleta shoplifting incident

Both suspects are Lompoc residents

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GOLETA, Calif. - Two Lompoc residents suspected of committing burglaries in Goleta and Santa Barbara County were arrested Tuesday night after resisting arrest.

Michael Rasmussen, 38, and 26-year-old Dakotah Matzie are facing numerous criminal charges related to the burglaries and were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail. 

At about 5:30 p.m. on April 25, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies were alerted about a burglary in progress at a business in the 6800 block of Hollister Avenue. The Sheriff's Office said authorities attempted to contact Rasmussen as he was leaving the business with stolen merchandise.

That's when Rasmussen fled into the nearby business complex where he was eventually taken into custody, but not before violently resisting arrest, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said Rasmussen pushed, grabbed, and struck deputies as well as remove a replica handgun from his waistband. Rasmussen and one deputy received minor injuries.

Deputies found Matzie inside the business with stolen merchandise tucked in her clothing, according to the Sheriff's Office. She was quickly taken into custody following a brief struggle.

Authorities allege that Rasmussen and Matzie are also responsible for a burglary that occurred on April 24 in Arroyo Quemada Lane in which a homeowner returned to find two suspects, a man and woman, fleeing his home. The victim in this case reported the thieves had taken tools and cash from his home.

The Sheriff's Office said Rasmussen had a felony warrant out of Lompoc and was out on bail from a separate felony offense, and was found to be in possession of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and stolen properly.

Rasmussen's bail is set at $75,000. His charges include:

  • Battery on an officer causing injury
  • Felony Resisting arrest, Shoplifting
  • Residential Burglary, Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Providing a False Identity
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Committing a felony when out on bail for a felony
  • Urinating in Public 
  • and the felony warrant.

 

Matzie's bail is set at $50,000. Her Charges include: 

  • Attempt Shoplift
  • Residential Burglary
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of stolen property.

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