Police standoff over in Orcutt neighborhood

Police: felony suspect in custody

Police standoff over in Orcutt neighborhood


A standoff that started at 3 p.m. ended just after 9 p.m. in Orcutt.  A woman wanted on felony charges was taken in without incident after the six-hour ordeal.

Joanna Savoy, 37, was arrested and faces multiple charges including evading after leading police on a pursuit before barricading herself inside a home.

Savoy is currently receiving a medical evaluation at an area hospital and will be transported to the Santa Maria County Jail.

The woman who lives in the home on Kit Way says Savoy is a friend of her ex-boyfriend's and she doesn't really know the woman or why she was hiding in her home. 

Police say they made multiple attempts to contact Savoy through a PA system and her cell phone.  Once they were able to determine that she was confined into a specific room, gas was deployed into the home. Lt. Terry Flaa says as the room filled up with fumes, Savoy exited the home into the backyard and was arrested without incident. 


Santa Barbara County Sheriff's personnel and officers with the Santa Maria Police Department are on the scene of a standoff with a barricaded woman in an Orcutt neighborhood.

The incident in the area of Kit Way and Lorencita Drive, in a housing community known as Village Hills, began at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Residents were told to stay inside their homes.

The SWAT team is on the scene as several roads into the neighborhood are blocked.

The suspect is a woman wanted on two felony charges -- one being a weapons charge, according to Santa Maria police. Authorities believe she may be armed.

Earlier in the day, Santa Maria police tried to pull over a car with two suspects but when the suspects did not stop, a short pursuit ensued.

Eventually, the driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies, according to authorities, but the passenger is now the suspect barricaded inside the Orcutt home.

We have a news crew on scene and we will update this story when new information becomes available. A live report is coming up on KCOY 12 Central Coast News at 6 p.m.

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