Lompoc residents rattled after wild chase and crash

Manhunt underway

Lompoc residents rattled after wild...

LOMPOC, Calif. - A man is on the run after creating a chaotic scene in Lompoc. Authorities there are searching for the man they say is responsible for stealing a vehicle and leading deputies on a high-speed chase.


Lompoc Police assisting Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies with the Lompoc manhunt Wednesday, while they say there is no threat to the community, the damage has been done.


The fence at their apartment complex has been patched up but neighbors along N Street, are still on high alert.


“I got scared I was nervous people were saying things like that guy was bad,” said Irma Alonzo.

A felony suspect on the loose, ran right through Remy Lacambra’s backyard.

“Saw the guy running from here out the other side of the fence,” said Lacambra.

It all started early Wednesday, when someone stole a silver Nissan Sentra from a garage in Vandenberg Village.

“Sloppy, sloppy and rude,” said the stolen vehicle’s owner, Lisa.

Around 1:00 p.m. deputies spotted the stolen car and when the driver saw a deputy following, he took off.

“I was just glad none of my kids got run over, it could’ve been real bad if that would’ve happened. I just thought it was crazy,” said Mike G, who witnessed the ordeal.

Mike G saw the high-speed chase race down the alleyway of N and O Streets.

“There goes the car going 85 down the alley with a cop right behind him,” said Mike G.

The pursuit came to a screeching halt when the driver crashed into a fence and bolted.

“Dude jumped out jumped over the fence and took off running,” said Mike G.

Authorities combed the area with a K-9 unit and air support with no luck, that has some questioning the safety of their neighborhood.

“Hopefully this type of stuff doesn't’t keep happening around here, if so we might have to relocate,” said Mike G.

Deputies don’t believe this guy is armed or dangerous. The driver is described as a white male in his mid-20’s with long dark hair and a medium build, last seen wearing a dark shirt.

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