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K9 unit helps find Santa Ynez man accused of domestic violence

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jan 25, 2019

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office was able to track and arrest a Santa Ynez man for domestic violence with the help of the K9 unit team.

The Sheriff’s Office said they got a report of a domestic disturbance at a Santa Ynez Valley home shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday.

During the investigation, deputies determined the domestic violence victim had been involved in a physical altercation with her boyfriend, 55-year-old James Anderson. Deputies said the victim sustained several injuries after Anderson hit her with a piece of furniture.

The Sheriff’s Office said the victim was able to leave the home and was safe at a nearby neighbor’s home.

When deputies arrived at Anderson’s home they said they found his house in disarray from the physical alteration. After searching the home deputies determined Anderson had fled before the Sheriff’s Office got there.

During the investigation, they determined Anderson was on active parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Deputy Farley and his K9 Partner Odin and Deputy Scott and his K9 Partner Duke were called in to help look for Anderson. The Sheriff’s Office said Odin was able to track Anderson to a nearby grove of trees north of Anderson’s home.

According to deputies, Anderson immediately surrendered after the Sheriff’s Office located him.

Anderson was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and parole a violation. Anderson has no bail.

The victim was taken to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital to get treatment for her wounds.