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San Jose woman wanted in Goleta attack arrested in Montana

Theresa Colosi
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Theresa Colosi, 55, of San Jose

GOLETA, Calif. - A San Jose woman who was wanted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping was arrested Wednesday morning in Montana.

The sheriff's office says Theresa Colosi, 55, of San Jose attacked a woman in the parking lot of Zodo's Bowling and Beyond while on a supervised visit with her 12-year-old son.

Colosi was visiting her son while a contractor provided court ordered supervision. The contractor believed Colosi was acting suspiciously while walking with her son. Colosi attacked the contractor with a metal object, hitting her in the head several times. The contractor then told Colosi's son to run into Zodo's and get help.

Colosi followed her son, but changed course and fled in her vehicle.

Sheriff's detectives responded and contacted the victim and the child.

Investigators learned that Colosi, an orthopedic surgeon from San Jose, had given away her belongings, withdrew $900,000 from her bank account and chartered a flight from Lompoc to Montana under a fake name. Investigators believe Colosi was planning on flying her child and her dog from the Lompoc Airport to Glacier International Airport near Kalispell, Montana.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detectives authored a warrant and conducted surveillance of Colosi with the assistance of local law enforcement. At around 5 a.m. Wednesday, detectives in Whitefish witnessed Colosi leave her location and get into a cab. The cab was pulled over and Colosi was arrested.

Colosi is being held without bail in Flathead County, Montana. She is awaiting extradition to Santa Barbara where she is expected to face charges for attempted murder and attempted child kidnapping.

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