Three suspects are in custody following a standoff that lasted for several hours during a probation sweep in a Santa Maria neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement from the Compliance Response Team, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Santa Maria Police Department and the California Highway Patrol were conducting a probation search at the residence in the 1900 block of Estriga Court in Santa Maria looking for 34-year-old Saam Massoudi, of Santa Maria.
Massoudi had an outstanding arrest warrant for violating his release terms and was on active post-release community supervision for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
When law enforcement knocked on the front door of the residence and identified themselves, they heard several people moving and talking inside, said sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. After making several announcements for the people inside to open the front door to no avail, officials forced entry into the home.
Two females walked out of the residence and were immediately detained, Hoover said. Additional people were heard inside the residence and further investigation revealed that Massoudi was hiding in the attic.
Knowing Massoudi was wanted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, law enforcement did not enter the home and continued to yell for subjects to surrender, but no one yielded. The sheriff's Special Enforcement Team (SET) was deployed to the scene, and as a precautionary measure, Liberty Elementary School was placed on lockdown for a short time until a secure perimeter was set around the residence. Several nearby residences were evacuated, and many were asked to shelter in place.
After a couple of hours without any peaceful surrenders, officials deployed tear gas into the structure. Shortly after, Massoudi and another female, who was later identified as 36-year-old Callie Jones, exited the residence. Both were taken into custody without further incident.
The owner of the home, Mae Urban, 41, was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for resisting and delaying a peace officer and harboring a fugitive. Massoudi was booked into custody after receiving medical clearance for violation of his post-release supervision, and resisting/delaying a peace officer.
Jones was also booked for resisting and delaying a peace officer after receiving medical clearance. In addition, she was booked for two narcotics-related arrest warrants, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.