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UPDATE: Santa Maria Police looking for "armed and dangerous" man after hours-long standoff

Posted at 9:16 AM, Dec 14, 2019

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.) - When officers arrived on scene they say a female juvenile victim told Santa Maria police that a man had attempted to assault her.

Police have identified that man as 40-year-old Hugo Garcia Ramirez of Santa Maria.

According to authorities, Ramirez used a firearm to make threats against the girl as he attempted to assault her.

Santa Maria police say the girl was able to escape through the back of the house uninjured and ran to a neighbor's house.

In a statement, police said they thought Ramirez was still inside the house, but after entering and not finding him, police now believe he escaped before law enforcement arrived.

Officials say Ramirez is wanted for several felonies and is considered "armed and dangerous".

The Santa Maria Police Department has issued a felony warrant for his arrest.

If you have any information as to his whereabouts, you are urged to contact the police department at (805) 928-3781, ext. 2277.


UPDATE (1:15 p.m.) - SWAT and Santa Maria police have entered the Santa Maria home where they have been on scene since early Saturday morning for a suspect accused of committing a violent felony with a weapon.

Authorities broke down the front door of the Donovan Road home shortly before 12 noon Saturday.

Police say they have an arrest warrant for the man barricaded inside the house, but are not identifying the suspect nor the victim involved in the incident at this time.

This story is developing. Please check back later as new information becomes available.


UPDATE (10:45 a.m.) - Santa Maria police say nobody is held hostage inside a Santa Maria home where they have been on scene since early Saturday morning for an alleged barricaded person.

Santa Maria authorities also say the alleged victim is not inside the Donovan Road home, but is currently at the police station.

Police cannot confirm how the person was victimized, but they suspect the alleged perpetrator inside the home has committed a "violent felony with a weapon." Authorities were unable to confirm whether the weapon was a firearm.

Officials are not releasing details about the people involved in the incident as it is still ongoing.

SWAT is also on scene along Donovan Road, which has been closed as of 9:10 a.m. Saturday.


ORIGINAL STORY (9:16 a.m.) - Authorities were on scene throughout the night for a barricaded person inside a Santa Maria home.

Santa Maria police tell KSBY News they've been on scene along the 500 block of West Donovan since 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

They are releasing few details about the incident and person at this time.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and SWAT are also assisting police with the incident.

Roads were closed in the area as of 9:10 a.m.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.