The Isla Vista Foot Patrol responded to a variety of calls this weekend, including ones concerning a missing child and the death of an elderly man.
A 9-year-old boy ran away from Isla Vista Elementary School Friday morning, prompting a search by Sheriff’s deputies. Police said the boy had been taunted by classmates before running from the school to a nearby cluster of trees. The school reported him missing at 8:30 a.m.
Deputy Freddy Padilla said the Isla Vista Foot Patrol found the boy unharmed soon after.
“He ran into the Devereux wooded area,” Padilla said. “When we found him he had fallen in some mud, so he was checked, cleared and returned back to school.”
At 3 p.m. the same day, officers responded to a call from a woman saying she had cut her wrists. Deputies found the woman alive and learned she had cut herself the previous night. Paramedics transported the woman to a local hospital.
Deputies also responded early Sunday morning to the death of an elderly man at a home on the 800 block of Camino Pescadero. Padilla said the man had suffered from diabetes and had been to the hospital earlier that week.
Multiple thefts were reported this weekend as well. Thieves struck a home on the 6500 block of Pardall Road Friday night, reaching through an unlocked window to steal a laptop without actually entering the residence.
Padilla advised locals to take extra precautions when leaving their homes.
“Please lock your doors and windows,” Padilla said. “These poor students are losing so much money, and the suspects are just easily reaching in and stealing their property.”
In addition to medical emergencies and theft, officers also issued 14 citations for routine alcohol-related crimes.