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May 31, 2012 9:25 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Arrest made in Lompoc homicide

Detectives have made an arrest in Wednesday's homicide in Lompoc. 23 year-old Phillip Joseph Johnson of Lompoc was arrested Thursday.

It happened in the 1700 block of Calle Lindero, which is in the city's Mission Hills area. At about 10 PM Wednesday, dispatchers got a 911 hang up call. Officers were sent to the home. When they arrived, they found a dead woman in one of the bedrooms.

The victim is a woman between 60 and 65 years-old.

"Most people come to a small area to get away from the hustle and bustle and the yellow tape you know," said David Deegan.

Deegan woke up Wednesday night to lights from cop cars. When he walked outside his home to see what was going on, he was stopped by police, and left with few answers. "People were shocked. They just couldn't believe that this happened," added Deegan.

KSBY is told the suspect lived in the home. Police sent out a reverse 911 call, Wednesday night, to people who live in the area.

"We recommend they stay in doors while we look for anybody who might be connected," said Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

But a short while later, neighbors got another call from police, saying it was okay for them to go outside.

"It's usually very quiet, you know. Every body's a pretty tight-knit community. Every body just kind of hangs together, barbecues, just like any other small community. This is kind of a shock," said Deegan.

When we called the sheriff's department about what happened, all they said was they made an arrest. They wouldn't tell us any more information, about the victim or what her relationship was with the suspect. But neighbors, like David Deegan, want more answers.

"Someone like that, you know, didn't deserve it, you know. In my mind, an older person that didn't deserve anything like that," said Deegan.

Neighbors also told KSBY that the person who was killed worked in the house.

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