PASO ROBLES, Calif. — Two suspects are in custody after fleeing a Santa Barbara County crime spree and leading San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through Paso Robles and into the Kern County.
The suspects, out of Santa Barbara County, are believed to be responsible for multiple crimes, including a June 5 murder. The two are charged with a shooting, an armed robbery in Buellton and a carjacking before being spotted by SLO County Sheriff’s officials. .
The suspects allegedly robbed a liquor store on the 400 block of Flags Avenue with firearms just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Santa Barbara Sherriff County spokeswoman Raquel Zick.
The suspects fled before officers arrived with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the liquor store clerk was unharmed.
Deputies found the suspect was potentially linked to a “recent homicide and shootings” in Lompoc, as well as a carjacking in Anaheim, Zick said.
Deputies and county air support searched the area for the suspects and the vehicle, but were unable to locate either as they crossed the county line. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has been advised to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
At 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, deputies saw the suspects’ vehicle near Highway 46 and Golden Hill Road in Paso Robles, but lost sight of the vehicle. At approximately 5:30 p.m., the suspect vehicle was again seen traveling eastbound on Highway 46 near Mill Road. And the chase was on. At high speed, the suspects drove from San Lus Obispo County to Kern County and fled on foot through agricultural orchards.
With the help of Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies, the two suspects were eventually located and arrested. The case was turned over to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Charges for all of the alleged crimes are still pending in several counties.