Two burglary suspects were arrested Monday afternoon after police found them at the Storke Ranch housing development near Isla Vista, the UC Police Department reported.
Anthony McAllister, 20, and Cameron Lawson, 19, are suspected of stealing items from Tropicana Gardens residence hall in I.V. at about 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.
According to UCPD Sgt. Rob Romero, officers arrested the suspects at 4:40 p.m. Monday. He said that the suspects were “very compliant” and officers did not use force to detain them.
Both suspects are Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) students, and McAllister is a former SBCC football player.
McAllister was booked into Santa Barbara County jail on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary, conspiracy and making criminal threats, according to UCPD. Lawson was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary and conspiracy.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol helped UCPD surround the housing complex and detain the suspects.
Law enforcement set a perimeter around the housing complex and blocked off roadways into the complex as they brought the suspects out of the building.
UC Santa Barbara sent out a university alert to students about the attempted burglary at 4:39 a.m. Monday morning.
McAllister challenged residents to fight when they confronted him, according to UCPD, and pulled an “unknown object” out of his pocket.
Residents told UCPD that McAllister then fled the apartment in an “unknown direction.”
Romero said McAllister was involved in an attempted burglary at Tropicana Gardens last week.