Crime

Orcutt school placed on temporary lockdown due to suspect pursuit

ORCUTT, Calif. - An Orcutt middle school was placed on temporary lockdown Tuesday as Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies pursued a suspect.

At around 9 a.m., deputies were conducting a traffic stop of a suspected stolen vehicle on the 5000 block of Orcutt Road in Orcutt.

The driver was identified as 28-year-old Tyler Phillips of Santa Maria, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Phillips fled in the stolen vehicle.

While searching the area, deputies received word that Phillips had abandoned the vehicle and fled the area on a bicycle.

A School Resource Deputy later located Phillips riding the bicycle on Orcutt Road just a few blocks away from Lakeview Junior High.

Because the incident was taking place so close to Lakeview Junior High, the school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown was lifted about 15 minutes later.

Phillips was eventually located in the backyard of a home on Siler Road. He was eventually arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.


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