UPDATE (1:43 P.M.) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced that the suspect, now identified as 43-year-old Jeremiah Jacobson of La Mirada, has been arrested.
Deputies responded to a report of an assault with a knife near the Staples in the Camino Real Marketplace around 9:16 a.m. Friday morning, officials said.
As the deputies were arriving in the area, they learned that the suspect was described as a white male with a long beard and wearing a backpack and was last seen entering Home Depot.
Officers vacated Home Depot with the help of the staff. Deputies said they looked for Jacobson both inside Home Depot and the surrounding area.
Deputies eventually found Jacobson, who matched the suspect's description, behind Target around 9:57 a.m. He was detained and arrested after being positively identified as the suspect.
Jacobson was booked at the main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $30,000 bail, officials said.
The victim was not physically injured and did not require medical attention.
UPDATE - At 10:40 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced that the suspect had been taken into custody.
ORIGINAL STORY - People are asked to avoid a Goleta marketplace due to police activity Friday morning.
A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are in the area of Home Depot searching for an assault with a deadly weapon suspect.
The sheriff’s office has not provided additional details on the assault, including when it happened or the extent of any injuries.
The Camino Real Marketplace is located at 7004 Market Place Drive.
This is a developing story and will be updated when information becomes available.