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Suspects arrested in Santa Barbara elementary school shooting, linked to other crimes

Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 03, 2018

Two suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting at a Santa Barbara elementary school, as well as several other crimes.

Santa Barbara police say they made the arrests after a months-long crime spree in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says it arrested Esteban Nieto Oseguera, 29 of Carpinteria, and Ernesto Alonso Solis, 29 of Ventura County.

Esteban Nieto Oseguera
Esteban Nieto Oseguera


Police arrested the two suspects after officers say they found a common theme in several separate crime investigations. They say evidence pointed to the two as being the suspects in the shooting at Cleveland Elementary School on November 8.  A man was found shot around 2 a.m. that day on the school’s campus. At the time, the school was closed for the day so police could investigate and process the crime scene.

Officers say the two are also linked to several robberies in Ventura County, a robbery last month at Evolution lending in Santa Barbara, and a burglary and vehicle theft in Santa Barbara.

Police say Solis is accused of a gunpoint robbery in Santa Barbara’s Westside in October.

Ernesto Alonso Solis
Ernesto Alonso Solis


Both Oseguera and Solis were arrested in Ventura on November 27.

The Santa Barbara Police Department is working with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office to file charges against the suspects, including attempted murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, and auto theft.