Santa Barbara County Sheriff released the following information:
The suspect wanted for a stabbing that occurred at a motel in Carpinteria almost one year ago is in custody. 30-year-old Robert Lee Billie of San Diego was arrested last night, May 1, at approximately 9:15 p.m. following a traffic stop by Sheriff’s deputies near Turnpike Road in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County.
Billie was wanted for stabbing a 44-year-old acquaintance on May 16, 2013 outside a hotel room at the Motel 6 located in the 4200 block of Via Real following a disagreement and altercation.
The two worked together selling boxes of candy door to door under the false pretense of raising money for a youth program. Following the stabbing, Billie fled the scene. Despite efforts by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Service, Billie was never located.
Last night, Sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle on Fairview Avenue that was driving unsafely. The driver of the 1992 Cadillac, with two passengers inside, was passing cars at a high rate of speed and driving too close to the median.
Sheriff’s deputies pulled the driver over at 15 Camino De Vida near Turnpike Road. The driver gave Sheriff’s deputies a false name and date of birth which a record’s check revealed belonged to an individual who did not have a license.
Sheriff’s deputies also discovered the license plates on the vehicle were registered to a different car. Inside the vehicle, Sheriff’s deputies discovered several boxes of candy, cash and personal checks. They also found identification badges for an organization called “Second Chance Youth Program”.
Through the course of their investigation, Sheriff’s deputies learned the group was in the area selling boxes of candy as part of a scam. The driver was arrested for falsifying or altering registration or a license plate to pass as another vehicle and for driving without a license. He was also arrested for solicitation under false pretenses and specifically for naming a children’s charity as the beneficiary.
Billie was transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail. During the booking process, a fingerprint check of the driver revealed his true identity was Robert Lee Billie, the suspect wanted for the stabbing at the Motel 6 in Carpinteria last May.
Billie is charged with attempted murder and is being held on one million dollars bail.
If you believe you are a victim of the “Second Chance Youth Program” scam and would like to file a report, call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at 805-681-4100.