On January 6, 2022, at 09:21am, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a report about a burglary in progress from a resident in the area of Verano Drive and San Martin Way. The resident informed dispatchers that her and her younger daughter had locked themselves in an upstairs bathroom and a subject unknown to them was still inside the home.
Multiple officers responded to the area and were able to safely extricate the residents from a second story bathroom window using a fire department ladder.
It is believed a male suspect was inside the residence at this time. A perimeter was established and SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and County Mental Health responded to the scene.
Around 1:30pm, the subject that unlawfully entered the home was safely taken into custody without incident.
SBPD Crisis Negotiators, who work in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County’s Behavioral Science Unit Manager, attempted dozens of times to communicate with the suspect in hopes of him surrendering. All forms of verbal communication failed, and the suspect refused all requests from law enforcement.
At one point prior to arrest, the suspect had armed himself with a wine bottle. The home fortunately had large glass windows that provided Officers a clear view into the residence where they were able to monitor most of the subject’s actions. Once the suspect had disarmed himself of the wine bottle, SWAT members entered the home to take the suspect into custody. A search and arrest warrant was authorized prior to entry.
The suspect, identified as German Hernandez Jr., a 27-year-old transient was arrested in a bedroom on the second level of the home. During the arrest, Hernandez Jr. resisted and spat at Officers.
Hernandez Jr. was not injured but was transported to Cottage Hospital Emergency Room for a medical clearance and evaluation. Once medically cleared, Hernandez Jr. was taken to Santa Barbara County Jail and booked for Committing a Felony while out on Bail (felony), Burglary (felony), Looting During a State of Emergency (felony), Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor), and Prowling (misdemeanor). He was booked on $75,000 bail.
Hernandez Jr. had just been released from jail yesterday for a similar incident that occurred in the County of Santa Barbara earlier this week.
The reason Hernandez Jr. entered the home is still under investigation and is not known at this time.
The family dog was found safe in the house and was reunited with their owners.
The roads were re-opened shortly after the incident had concluded.