K-9 Helps Apprehend Suspected Stalker in Goleta Area: Sheriff’s Department

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Carlos Medina, left, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 11, 2019. Sheriff's K-9 Odin is seen on the right.

Carlos Medina, left, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 11, 2019. Sheriff’s K-9 Odin is seen on the right.

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A Santa Barbara County sheriff’s K-9 team helped apprehend a suspected stalker in the Goleta Valley area, officials announced Monday.

According to the department, deputies responded to a report of a stalking incident in the area of Camino de Vida and Turnpike Road just after 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Officers identified the suspect as 50-year-old Santa Barbara resident Carlos Medina, who was on active parole with the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Medina was driving in the area when the deputies tried to stop his vehicle. He allegedly fled and sped through a residential neighborhood before parking at Calle Morella and Gwyne Avenue and fled on foot.

With the help of “a watchful citizen,” authorities said they managed to find Medina hiding behind a parked car.

The agency said when Medina resisted the deputies’ efforts to apprehend him, they deployed a K-9 team.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for minor injuries before officers booked him at the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of stalking, resisting peace officers, possession of meth and reckless evasion of a peace officer.

Bail was set at $150,000.

Investigators provided no further details about the stalking call.

In a statement, the department highlighted the role of its K-9 unit in its crime-fighting efforts.

“Our program is funded predominantly by donations and has been greatly supported by the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse and its Project Deputy Dog Program,” the agency said. “If you want to help support our K9 Unit, go to the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse website at www.sbsheriffsposse.org and click on the Project Deputy Dog tab.”

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