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Man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in Buellton

Sheriff's office looking for witnesses to incident
Posted at 2:40 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 20:37:57-04

UPDATE (Aug. 15, 2019) - Henderson has reportedly posted bail and is scheduled for a court appearance next month.

No charges have officially been filed yet.

(Aug. 14, 2019) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is looking for witnesses to a report of a kidnapping.

Sheriff's officials say it happened at about 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 at the Albertsons grocery store in Buellton.

Investigators say a man took a two-year-old child out of a shopping cart and started walking toward the exit. The child's parent reportedly stopped the man and he released the child before leaving the store.

The sheriff's office has identified the suspect in this case as William "Bill" Henderson, 56, the owner of Compass Wine Tours.

Deputies reportedly arrested Henderson on Tuesday, August 13 and booked him into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and misdemeanor child endangerment. His bail is set at $100,000.

Investigators say they're concerned there could be other similar incidents involving Henderson that have not been reported to law enforcement.

Anyone who witnessed the incident on August 7 or has information related to the investigation is urged to call the Buellton Sheriff's Station at (805) 686-8150. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (805) 681-4171 or visiting the sheriff's website.