Police display axes used in assault
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY — The idyllic tranquility of Santa Barbara County’s Paradise Campground was shattered on June 11th when 25-year-old Ilya Yegudkin apparently “lost it” and used a pair of axes to attack fellow campers.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, SBSD deputies rolled into the Paradise Campground in response to a 911 Emergency call reporting “an out-of-control camper who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was wielding two axes and had thrown them at people.”
Deputies on the scene quickly discovered that Yegudkin “had assaulted several campers” and that first-responding Santa Barbara County Firefighters had been threatened and physically assaulted by him.
“Yegudkin was extremely combative and fought with deputies,” and inflicted a facial laceration on a deputy during the struggle to restrain the suspect.
Yegudkin was summarily taken into custody and suffered “non-life threatening injuries” during the course of his arrest, whereupon he was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment. While hospitalized, he promptly posted $50,000 bail “and is no longer in custody,” Hoover reported.
Since Yegudkin was released from custody on the afternoon of June 12th, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney has additionally charged him “in absentia” with assault with a deadly weapon, felony resisting arrest, battering causing serious injury, and physical elder abuse.
Photo: courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department