021318 Orcutt barricade

Santa Maria Police officers and the SWAT team responded to an Orcutt home in the 1100 block of Kit Way on Tuesday after locating a suspect who had allegedly led officers on a pursuit earlier in the day. 

Mathew Burciaga, Staff

Officials are releasing more information about the arrest of an armed woman who barricaded herself inside her Orcutt home for more than five hours Tuesday after leading police on a pursuit. 

Joanna Savoy, 37, of Santa Maria, was arrested Tuesday night for two felony warrants, as well as charges of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. 

Santa Maria Police initially spotted Savoy, who was wanted on warrants, get into a vehicle at a local hotel just after 12:30 p.m. Officers followed the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop in an effort to arrest Savoy, who was believed to be in possession of a firearm. 

The driver of the vehicle Savoy was riding in refused to stop for officers, leading them on a brief pursuit. The pursuit was terminated after officers determined those involved, as well as other motorists on the roadway, were at risk.

Officers later learned that when they first attempted to stop the vehicle, Savoy allegedly pointed a gun at the driver and threatened her harm if she stopped the vehicle. 

After the pursuit, officers located Savoy inside a home in the 1100 block of Kit Way -- between Lorencita and Valley drives -- in the Village Hills neighborhood. 

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Officers made numerous attempts to contact Savoy by both phone and loudspeaker, but she refused to communicate. 

Because of reports Savoy was in possession of a firearm, the Santa Maria Police Department's SWAT team responded to the scene Tuesday afternoon, although negotiation attempts proved unsuccessful. 

After five hours of negotiation attempts, SWAT team members deployed a form of tear gas, which ultimately led to Savoy's surrender, officials said.

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