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Deputies arrest wanted suspect after attempted robbery near Ellwood Bluffs in Goleta

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies searched the bluffs area of Santa Barbara Shores for an attempted robbery suspect Saturday morning.
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The Sheriff's Office called in K9 units to help with the search.

GOLETA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies arrested an attempted robbery suspect who allegedly hit a woman while trying to steal her property Saturday morning.

Deputies responded to reports of the attempted theft around 8:12 a.m. near the bluffs at the 8300 block of Hollister Avenue.

The victim told deputies that Loren Allen, 44, of Goleta had punched her several times while trying to steal from her. Deputies said the victim sustained multiple injuries from the incident but declined emergency medical attention.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the scene of the crime and brought in K9 units to help search for the suspect.

A notification was sent out to residents in the area with the suspect's description. Deputies and K9 units searched the area for over two hours but were unable to locate the suspect.

Shortly before 5 p.m., UCSB Police Officers located the Allen near Anisq’Oyo Park in Isla Vista.

They detained Allen and turned him over to Sheriff’s deputies who arrested him and transported him to the Main Jail.

Allen has been booked for attempted robbery (felony) and battery (felony).

He is being held on $50,000 bail.

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