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Goleta school placed on lockdown after man locks himself in bathroom

Posted at 3:23 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 18:23:53-04

Ellwood Elementary School in Goleta was locked down for about 20 minutes on Wednesday after authorities say a man locked himself in the office bathroom.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Aldana, 33, walked into the school’s office at about 10:50 a.m. and asked for help, then made a suicidal statement and locked himself in the bathroom. 

Deputies who responded talked to Aldana through the door and reportedly convinced him to exit the bathroom. 

Authorities say Aldana is a transient who was wanted in Ventura County for failure to appear on a petty theft charge. Deputies say they also found drug paraphernalia in his backpack. 

Aldana was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for the outstanding warrant and a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on $7,500 bail. Sheriff’s officials say he will receive mental health services while in custody.