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Suspect arrested in connection to Orcutt murder

Suspect's wife also arrested

ORCUTT, Calif. - A suspect has been arrested in connection to a shooting that left one man dead early Saturday morning in Orcutt.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office had been searching for the suspect who shot and killed a man in the back parking lot of Elmer's Bar in Old Town Orcutt at around 1:30 a.m. 

The victim of that shooting has been identified as Anthony Steven San Juan of Santa Maria.

During their investigation, sheriff's investigators keyed in on a suspect, identified as Jonathan David Highley, 35, of Orcutt.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says they are unsure of the connection between the suspect and victim, but believe the victim does not appear to have been involved in an altercation with the suspect prior to the shooting.

Detectives searched the area where the suspect reportedly fled and at around at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Highley was taken into custody.

Highley was leaving the residence with his wife and four children.

Sheriff's investigators gathered evidence and took witness statements and Highley was arrested in connection to the homicide of San Juan.

Highley faces possible charges for murder, preventing or dissuading a witness by force or threat, assault with a firearm on a person, threatening a crime with intent to terrorize and intentional/personal discharge of a firearm in commitment of a felony causing death. Highly has a bail set at $2 million.

Highley's wife Maya Perez, 29, was also arrested and booked on an accessory complaint. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says they do not believe any other suspects were involved.

Child Protective Services has custody of the couple's children.


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