The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested five men allegedly involved in a Saturday afternoon home-invasion robbery in Isla Vista.
The five men were apprehended during a felony traffic stop shortly after the incident. According to a SBCSO press release, the suspects entered a residence on the 6700 block of Trigo Road and stole various valuables at knifepoint from the six people inside.
Deputies arrested 18-year-old Oxnard resident Colin Campbell, 20-year-old Oxnard resident Miguel Valencia, 18-year-old Camarillo resident Darren Gales, 19-year-old Oxnard resident Jaylen Stewart and 21-year-old Compton resident Eric Stewart on suspicion of felony armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.
According to the press release, three suspects barged inside the residency at approximately 1:54 p.m. and held up the house’s six occupants with knives and a realistic-looking fake Beretta handgun. One suspect used the fake gun to pistol-whip two victims while the others brandished knives.
Second year SBCC engineering major Daniel Farkas, who was playing guitar in the room during the incident, said one of the suspects allegedly entered the residency in search of a party prior to the robbery and led the group of suspects back to the house.
Two suspects blocked the exit while the third started grabbing wallets, according to Farkas.
“These guys just came running in through the front door,” Farkas said.
The three suspects fled outside to their vehicle, where the other two suspects were waiting, after stealing an unspecified amount of cash, jars of marijuana, smoking paraphernalia, the victims’ cell phones and a laptop computer, according to the press release.
Deputies recognized and pulled over the vehicle on Highway 101 near the Montecito/Summerland area shortly after the robbery. The victim’s description of the suspects and their vehicle was “extremely helpful,” according to the press release.
The five suspects were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $100,000 bail for felony armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.