UPDATE 4:30 PM FRIDAY
An Oceanside man was arrested early Friday morning and accused in the killings of a popular Santa Barbara doctor, his wife and their five-year-old daughter.
Pierre Haobsh, 27, was arrested in the town of Bonsall, east of Oceanside in San Diego County early Friday morning - 32 hours after the discovery of the victims, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Haobsh was carrying a loaded 9-millimeter gun at the time of arrest, and had other items believed to have belonged to one of the victims. Haobsh was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on three counts of murder.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Weidong "Henry" Han, his wife Huijie "Jennie" Yu, and their 5-year-old daughter, Emily were found in their upscale Goleta Valley home dead from gunshot wounds.
"The bodies were all wrapped in plastic wrap. They had been duct-taped over the plastic wrap and they were all in the garage of the residence," Brown said.
"This was a diabolical, premeditated crime. One of the most odious that I have ever been involved with, or that this agency has ever or that this agency has ever investigated," Brown said.
Haobsh was described as a "business associate" of Dr. Henry Han. The motive for the killing was described as financial gain.
The sheriff described Dr. Hahn as popular with his patients.
"This tragic case is a terrible blow to the Santa Barbara area and to the medical community at large. Dr. Hahn had an impressive background in both Chinese herbal medicine and in Western medicine. He co-authored several books on the integration of these two medical techniques and he owned and ran the Santa Barbara County Herb Clinic since 1991," Brown said.
UPDATE 12:30 PM FRIDAY
At 3:00 Friday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown will provide an update with the latest developments on the triple murder case in the Goleta Valley. That briefing will be live streamed here on the website. The link will be on the home page.
UPDATE 11:30 PM THURSDAY
Late Thursday night, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released the names of the three victims of a homicide in the Goleta Valley. The victims are 57-year-old Dr. Weidong Henry Han, his wife 29-year old Huijie Yu, who was known as Jennie, and their five-year-old daughter Emily Han, a kindergartner at Foothill Elementary School.
The bodies were found inside the family home on the 4600 block of Greenhill Way.
Sheriff’s detectives are actively investigating this case to determine who is responsible for this horrific crime. Detectives are following up on all leads and while they are not ruling out any possibilities, early indications are that this was not a random attack.
The Sheriff's Department is expected to provide another update Friday at noon.
UPDATE 5:30 PM
Forensics workers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office and the state Justice Department continue to process the scene of three homicides, described as "horrific" by law enforcement. It happened in an upscale home less than a mile from the Sheriff's Department headquarters in the hills above the Goleta Valley.
The three victims have been identified, but law enforcement has not yet released the names. A news release from the Sheriff's Department said detectives believe this "was not a random attack."
Records indicate the home is owned by Dr. Henry Han. A family friend who arrived on the scene told a reporter Dr. Han, his wife Jenny and their 5-year-old daughter Emily were not answering phone calls or texts. Isaiah Oregon described how he was involved in the daily life of Emily. "I pick her up from school and do our regular thing," he said, visibly upset as he stood outside the crime tape blocking access to the scene of the killings at 4640 Greenhill Way.
Dr. Han's office, the Santa Barbara Herb Clinic at 3886 State Street, was closed with a handmade sign posted in the window. People inside did not not come to the door to speak.
UPDATE 4:55 PM
The three victims in a horrific triple murder have been identified by law enforcement, but the names have not yet been released.
A news update from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office stated the investigation appears to show this "was not a random attack."