SANTA BARBARA COUNTY — Just north of famed Rincon Point, a renowned holy grail of the international surfing community and referred to by many as “The Queen of the Coast,” the city of Carpinteria is hardly a hotbed of criminal activity… until the local criminals are rooted out by the persistence of local law enforcement.
That persistence paid off for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department deputies on the morning of November 30th when, with multiple arrest warrants in hand, they visited a local residence nestled in one of the Carpinteria Valley’s more remote canyon areas.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, deputies learned the home in question was occupied by “several people who had outstanding warrants,” and made an unannounced visit.
Answering what one might presume was a resoundingly effective 7:00 a.m. knocking at the door of the home by deputies, 26-year-old Lillian Murphy at first refused to open the door, qualifying herself for arrest on a charge of delaying officers.
Shortly thereafter, Robert King, 26, wanted on a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance, exited the house from a rear door wand was promptly contacted by deputies. Moments later, deputies conducted a “protective sweep”of the house and surrounding area, during which Murphy further qualified herself for criminal charges by falsely claiming that nobody else was in the house.
It didn’t take the cops long to locate “a loaded shotgun, several airsoft type imitation firearms as well as numerous bags of marijuana.” Murphy—consistently displaying what might politely be called a lack of good judgment under the circumstances—then whipped out her “medical recommendation for marijuana” at the desk under which 22-year-old Sara Infante was hiding at the time.
Once the elusive Infante was revealed, it was only a matter of moments until deputies then discovered 29-year-old Sean Gendron hiding in the attic just above the room.
All four suspects were transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where Murphy was booked for being an accessory and resisting a public officer, Infante was booked on a warrant relating to her January 2016 attempt to destroy two SBSD patrol cars, King was booked on his outstanding warrant, and Gendron was booked for resisting arrest and no less than four outstanding warrants.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking