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Man arrested after breaking into vacant Isla Vista apartment and refusing to leave, officials say

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 02:24:47-04

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says just after 12 p.m. Friday, deputies were called by a landlord for help removing an "aggressive subject" who allegedly broke into a vacant apartment in Isla Vista.

When deputies arrived to 897 Camino Del Sur, they found 51-year-old Donald Cameron of Santa Barbara locked in the bathroom. After calling out through the bathroom door, Cameron made it clear he refused to leave, according to the sheriff's office.

A K-9 Unit and additional deputies set up a perimeter around the apartment and tried talking to Cameron through the exterior window of the bathroom. The sheriff's office says a friend of Cameron's even spoke to him through the window, asking him to leave peacefully and he refused.

After over an hour of negotiations, deputies decided to deploy two rounds O.C. (oleoresin capsicum) into the bathroom to encourage Cameron to surrender. Following the deployment, the sheriff's office says Cameron immediately came out of the bathroom, and was taken into custody by deputies inside the apartment.

Cameron received medical attention on scene for the O.C. exposure and was then booked into the Santa Barbara County Main Jail, according to the sheriff's office.

Cameron is being held on $50,000 bail for two felony charges of burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.