Mission Hills Homicide
Mission Hills - May 30th, 2012
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s detectives have identified the victim of last night’s homicide in the Mission Hills development northwest of Lompoc as 64-year old Asta Marie Elliott (DOB 5/23/48).
At approximately 9:58pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in the 1700 block of Calle Lindero for a report of a 911 call hang-up.
While checking inside the residence, the deputies located Elliott in her bedroom. Elliott was deceased and appeared to have suffered knife wounds.
The ensuing investigation led to the identification of a suspect, Phillip Joseph Johnson (DOB 1/31/89), who also lived in the residence.
Personnel from both the Sheriff’s Office and the Lompoc Police Department searched various areas in the Lompoc Valley before the suspect was observed at approximately 9:40am near the intersection of H Street and College Avenue where he was taken into custody without incident.
Johnson has been booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for homicide (187 PC) on $1,000,000 bail.
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