Photo: Jacob Dryer
Santa Barbara County – In the middle of the afternoon on February 25th, residents in the City of Goleta saw some real-life law enforcement action that rivals anything they could see on a television cop show.
It was just after 2:00 p.m., according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, when deputies attached to the “AB109 Compliance Response Team” were on the hunt for 28-year-old Carpinteria resident Jacob Dryer. Dryer, the subject of a no-bail warrant “due to his absconding from the terms of his AB109 probation,” was believed to be in an apartment complex in Goleta.
Upon arrival at the Mathilda Drive location, CRT deputies “attempted to apprehend Dryer,” but their subject “immediately ran,” and took the cops on a fast-paced foot pursuit through the area. The deputies kept pace with the fleet-footed Dryer and chased him until he entered an apartment later determined to be the residence of an acquaintance. Immediately upon entering the apartment, Dryer “barricaded himself” and refused to comply with verbal commands from the CRT team.
Dryer remained inside the apartment, failing to yield to “numerous announcements” and phone calls to the apartment. During this standoff, deputies established a secure perimeter and sent emergency text and telephone alerts to nearby residents “advising them to shelter in place.” As additional law enforcement assets arrived on the scene—including personnel from the Goleta Valley Patrol Station and a pair of K9 units—Dryer failed to respond to any suggestions that he exit the apartment and surrender to authorities.
Deputies eventually came to the end of their patience and forcibly “breached” the front door to the apartment unit, whereupon Dryer was taken into custody “without further incident.”
Dryer was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he remains in custody on his no-bail warrant.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking