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Deputies identify wanted man who crashed into Santa Maria park, ran away

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 02:23:04-04

Deputies late Tuesday night released the identity of the wanted man they tried to catch in Santa Maria earlier in the day.


Saam Massoudi (photo from previous arrest)

They say 33-year-old Saam Massoudi of Santa Maria "crashed through a concrete gate and into a kids play area in the Westgate Courtyard Apartments, where several children were playing."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said deputies had tried to stop Massoudi around 2 p.m. after his black Dodge Caravan the failed to come to a full stop at a stop sign at Duvali Dr. and Estriga Ct. but he drove off, lost control and crashed.


The scene of Tuesday’s crash ?(Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)

Massoudi and a passenger ran off after the crash and haven’t been found. Deputies say they did find approximately 35 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a digital scale.

Saam Massoudi is reportedly wanted for several outstanding felony warrants. If caught, he’d also face hit-and-run and drug charges related to what happened Tuesday.

Massoudi was also arrested late last year following a standoff in a home on Estriga Ct. Officers deployed tear gas to end that standoff.

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If you know where Moussadi is, call 805-683-2724 or leave an anonymous tip at 805-681-4171 or here.

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