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UPDATE: Shelter-in-place order lifted for Orcutt neighborhood after search for robbery suspect

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 22:33:05-04

(UPDATE 5 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials say the subject of a search Tuesday in the Orcutt area remains at large.

The man is wanted for an assault and robbery that was reported at about 9:13 a.m. in the 1100 block of Via Alta.

Sheriff's officials believe the suspect lives in the gully near Bradley Rd. and Via Alta adjacent to the Okerblom Trail. He is described as being 25-35 years old with a scruffy beard and was last seen wearing a black shirt and tan pants.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., deputies reportedly spotted him in the area and requested a shelter-in-place order for residents on Via Alta between Bradley Rd. and Via Riviera.

Despite a ground and air search, deputies were unable to locate the suspect.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the sheriff's office at (805) 683-2724. If seen, sheriff's officials say you should call 911.

The victim in this case reportedly sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

UPDATE (3:29 p.m.) - Sheriff's officials have lifted the shelter-in-place order.

They say deputies conducted a thorough search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect. It's believed he fled the area.

(2:59 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking people in an Orcutt neighborhood to shelter in place.

The area affected is along Via Alta from Bradley Rd. to Via Riviera.

Sheriff's officials say deputies are searching for a robbery suspect.

The male suspect is described only as wearing a black shirt and tan pants.

If seen, call 911.

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