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Dec 6, 2013 2:59 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Two men arrested in connection with home invasion in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara police say two men have been arrested for multiple felonies, including burglary and false imprisonment following a home invasion that happened in late November.

Police arrested Tobias Seth Minehan, 19, of Carpinteria, and Ryan Timm Larson, 19, of Santa Barbara.

The home invasion happened on November 26 on the 100 block of Oceano Avenue.

On November 27, police say three victims reported that they and a fourth person had been the victims of a home invasion the night before. They told police two men had gone into their house, and one of them was wearing a mask and was armed with a gun. According to reports, one of the victims was beaten repeatedly by the unmasked suspect, while two victims were held back by the masked gunman. The fourth victim remained locked in a bedroom.

The three victims who reported the incident the next day said they didn't report the incident right away because they were scared that the suspects would retaliate.

The fourth victim left Santa Barbara a few hours after the incident. He didn't contact police until he returned on December 2.

Investigators were able to determine that Minehan and Larson had conspired to beat up one of the victims because that victim was in a relationship with Minehan's ex-girlfriend.

At about 11:00 p.m. on November 26, Minehan and Larson went to that victim's apartment. Larson wore a ski mask and carried a replica Uzi submachine gun. They entered the apartment and confronted two men inside. Larson ordered them to get on the floor and held the replica gun at them. A woman who was in the apartment was in a bedroom, and when she heard what was going on, she locked herself inside. One of the suspects commanded her to remain there and not call the police.

The man Minehan wanted to beat up was in a bedroom. Minehan entered the room and punched him on the head while holding a roll of quarters wrapped in duct tape, which increased the severity of the blows. The victim woke up and fought back using a metal exercise bar. He chased Minehan out of the bedroom, but when he got out Larson pointed the replica gun at him, threatened to kill him, and ordered him to return to his room. The victim was afraid he was going to be shot so he went back into his bedroom.

Minehan and Larson ended up running away from the scene.

The victim that was beat up had bruises, cuts, and abrasions to his head, arms, and torso.

Santa Barbara police investigated the incident and identified Minehan as one of the suspects. During a follow-up investigation, police identified Larson as another suspect. Police located Larson in a class at Santa Barbara City College and arrested him. When they arrested him, they found a ski mask and replica Uzi submachine gun in his house. Detectives say Minehan had returned to San Luis Obispo because he is a student at Cal Poly. Police called him, and he returned to Santa Barbara to turn himself into police.

Minehan was booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for burglary, false imprisonment, intimidating a witness by force or threat of violence, conspiracy, and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail is set at $100,000.

Larson was booked in the Santa Barbara County jail for burglary, false imprisonment, intimidating a witness by force or threat of violence, conspiracy, and brandishing a replica firearm. His bail is also set at $100,000.

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