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Sheriff says woman fled to Montana after attempted murder in Goleta

Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 11, 2019

A woman was arrested Wednesday in Montana on suspicion of attempted murder in Goleta.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Theresa Colosi was visiting with her 12-year-old son Sunday morning at Zodo's Bowling & Beyond.

The visit was part of a court-ordered supervision and was being monitored by a contractor.

Sheriff's officials say the contractor believed Colosi was acting suspiciously. Just then, officials say Colosi swung a metal object at the contractor, hitting her in the head several times.

The sheriff's office says the victim told the child to run into Zodo's for help. Officials say Colosi began to follow him but then ran to her vehicle and drove away. Bystanders reportedly called 911.

The victim suffered severe injuries to her head and face.

Sheriff's officials say investigators determined that prior to the incident at Zodo's, Colosi gave away her belongings, withdrew $900,000 from her bank account and chartered a flight with fictitious names for herself, her son, and her dog. The private jet reportedly left the Lompoc Airport later that morning en route to Glacier International Airport in Montana.

Investigators from Santa Barbara County contacted law enforcement officials in Whitefish, Montana who conducted surveillance on Colosi's suspected hideout.

At 5 a.m. Wednesday, sheriff's officials say Colosi left the location and got into a cab. Whitefish detectives stopped the cab and arrested Colosi.

She is currently in custody at the Flathead County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Santa Barbara County on charges of attempted murder and attempted child kidnapping.