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Carpinteria Robbery Suspects Arrested After Being Spotted by Alert Citizen

Carpinteria, Calif. – Three suspects from a robbery in Carpinteria were arrested hours later in Goleta when a citizen spotted them and called 9-1-1. At 5:41 a.m. yesterday, deputies in Carpinteria responded to 9-1-1 call of an altercation at the Chevron on Via Real and Santa Monica. Deputies learned that an adult female victim had been kidnapped and robbed using force by three suspects who fled in a vehicle prior to deputies’ arrival. One of the suspects was reported as possibly being in possession of a firearm. Deputies checked the area for the suspects and broadcast a be-on-the-lookout (BOL) for their associated vehicle, a gold colored sedan with a flat tire. The victim did not require medical attention and remained on scene.

Hours later, at approximately 8:44 a.m., a witness in Goleta called 9-1-1 to report a sighting of suspects and a vehicle that matched the description of the BOL that had been shared by local media. When deputies arrived, they located the vehicle, a tan Nissan, with three occupants parked in front of a tire store in the 200-block of S. Fairview Avenue. Deputies briefly diverted traffic around the scene while they contacted the suspects who were taken into custody without further incident. One of the suspects was found to have a firearm concealed on their person at the time of arrest.

The suspects are all from Tucson, Arizona and are identified as 22-year-old Barry Mullins, 22-year-old Seanray Allen, and 18-year-old James Johnson. All three suspects were booked at the Main Jail for felonies including robbery, conspiracy, and kidnapping. Mullins was booked for additional misdemeanor charges including carrying a loaded firearm in a public place and carrying a concealed weapon. All three suspects are being held on $1,000,000 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all community members who were keeping an eye out for these suspects. We would also like to highlight the sound judgment of the witness who stayed a safe distance away, immediately called 9-1-1, and provided helpful information for responding units. This case is a great example of teamwork with the media sharing important and timely information with the public, members of the community being alert and immediately reporting information to law enforcement, all of which enabled deputies to swiftly respond and take these suspects into custody safely.

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