The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released additional details in a bomb threat investigation out of Guadalupe.
Authorities say 34-year-old Jose Landeros of Santa Maria was reportedly trying to fight with several other people on an adjacent farm in the 3500 block of W. Main Street before making bomb threats.
“Landeros told deputies that there was a bomb in his vehicle parked nearby and not to open the door or there would be an explosion,” said the Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
“Landeros appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and was in an extreme paranoid state of mind,” the statement continued.
A bomb squad robot from the Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit was used to check Landeros car and did not find anything.
Deputies arrested Landeros for making a false report, battery on two peace officers, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
The Sheriff’s Office said Landeros became aggressive while deputies were transporting him to jail and caused damage to a Sheriff’s Patrol car. An additional charge of vandalism is expected.
A man claiming to have a bomb in his car was taken into custody Monday morning, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 10:25 a.m., deputies were called to an agricultural field in the 3500 block of W. Main Street near Guadalupe to investigate a report of a bomb threat.
The Sheriff’s Office said the bomb squad was called to assist “and is actively investigating the validity of his [suspect’s] claims.”
No further details were immediately provided by the Sheriff’s Office citing an active investigation. We will update this story when new information becomes available.