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Update: Detectives Arrest Suspects from Goleta Homicide

Sheriff’s detectives have made two arrests in the Goleta homicide investigation that began on Thursday, February 10, 2022.  Detectives arrested 34-year-old Isaiah Alexander of Santa Barbara on Monday, February 14, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., in the 1600-block of State Street. He was booked at the Main Jail for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.

On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at approximately 9:07 a.m. detectives arrested 36-year-old Anthony Torres Lopez Jr. of Santa Barbara in the area of Laguna and Cota. Lopez is being booked at the Main Jail for robbery (felony) and attempted extortion (felony). His bail amount is pending.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, 43-year-old Richard Andrew Cardona, and the suspects were familiar with each other, and this was not a random attack. Sheriff’s detectives are continuing this investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s detectives at (805)681-4150.  If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide information by calling our tip line at (805)681-4171 or online at

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