Crime

Carpinteria neighborhood intruder holds Sheriff's deputies at bay for more than an hour

Incident ended with non-lethan pepper ball

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - A frightening encounter early Monday afternoon at an upscale home along Padaro Lane in Carpinteria escalated into a standoff with Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and Carpinteria Police. 

Sheriff's officials said that a man, later identified as 46-year-old Brandon Cheek of Santa Barbara, made his way into a woman's home in the beachside enclave while she was inside.

It turns out, the woman knew the intruder who was in violation of a domestic violence restraining order, according to Sheriff's officials. 

"He barricaded himself inside, he does not live there," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jarrett Morris 

A call to 911 brought out more than eight deputies and officers along with two K-9 units. Morris said Cheek refused to come out for roughly an hour and a half.

"We ended up putting pepper ball, which is a less lethal option for us, into the house," Morris told said. "That makes them tear up and his eyes burn. He ended up coming out the house without incident."

Morris said no one was hurt. However, Cheek was taken to the hospital to be treated for gas exposure from the pepper ball before being booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. 

Morris said Cheek had a "no bail" warrant for robbery, burglary and domestic violence before Monday's incident. He would not elaborate to what extent, if any, the couple had been involved. 

Cheek was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail for outstanding warrants for the violations of first-degree burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness, felony domestic violence and violating a domestic violence restraining order.  

He was also booked for an additional domestic violence restraining order violation and delaying or obstructing a peace officer.  


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