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A Week After Chase, Sex Offender is Arrested

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

Michael Ibison
Michael Ibison

A registered sex offender was arrested Sunday night, a week after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit that led to a massive search, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Michael Ibison, 27, of Los Alamos allegedly was driving a stolen vehicle on Harris Grade Road near Lompoc on April 14, when a deputy tried to pull him over, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

He then sped off, prompting a chase that started around 5:30 p.m., Hoover said, adding that deputies stopped the pursuit for safety reasons when they entered the Mission Hills residential area.

Ibison then allegedly intentionally drove his car down a 150-foot embankment behind Los Berros Elementary School, and fled on foot.

He was recognized during the incident due to his previous law enforcement contacts, but wasn’t found after a massive search that involved deputies, a K-9 unit, Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 3 and California Highway Patrol officers.

He was finally arrested Sunday night after a resident called police about a suspicious car on her property, on the 3500 block of Highway 135.

Deputies responded and found Ibison and his girlfriend in a car with false license plates, Hoover said.

Ibison was was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, felony evasion, possession of a methamphetamine pipe, and possession of false license plates.

He also was charged with failing to register annually as a sex offender, after it was determined that he hasn’t completed his registration requirement, Hoover said. 

He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $75,000.

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» on 04.22.13 @ 05:32 PM

Twenty-seven years old? Wow, he must of had a hard life.
Get him out of society and take the girl friend with him. Losers.

» on 04.22.13 @ 08:20 PM

Okay Noozhawk STOP IT!  Everyone knows that sex offender are safe to be released into our community… right?  From now on they should be housed with the imbeciles that release them from prison.

» on 04.22.13 @ 10:42 PM

scumbag Mexicans that breed like roaches—something has to be done to deport and fry these…..oh oh—my mistake as this guy wasn’t an anchor baby welfare leeching mex.

hey overtaxed taxpayer-where are all your usual hatefull comments today?

» on 04.23.13 @ 09:51 PM

This is in response to Laredo…where did you get the fact that this guy is Mexican????? It sounds like you hate Mexicans and blame them for all crimes, they can be African American, Asia, or Blond with blue eyes and yet, you will continue blaming Mexicans… might have a crappy life, but believe me, Mexicans have nothing to do with you being an ignorant, low life, crazy individual…..go educate yourself and return to post your racist comments.  For the guy who committed the crime, I hope he gets to go jail and find some help….I know he is a sex offender because he dated a 15 year old girl…he did not rape any individual…..get your facts first…..

» on 04.24.13 @ 12:18 AM

cali—you missed the sarcasm in my post.  I wrote what I wrote in in reaction to all the hateful comments posted by others who blame Mexicans for every crime committed in this town.  Did you read the last line where I inquired about where overtaxed taxpayer (and zuma who I failed to mention) were with all their racist and bigoted comments that have been splattered all over noozhawk in the last several months? If you have been keeping up with Noozhawk articles about the recent gang violence in this town you would have have read the vicious comments made by several posters blaming “scumbags” and “anchor babies” who “breed like roaches” and “liberal Democrats” who pander for votes for all these problems.  If you have been following all this then you would also know that I have been vigilant in contradicting these haters and calling them out on their racist and bigoted views. Again, it is too bad you missed the point I was making as the comments I wrote were exactly the remarks that others have been making about Mexicans in Noozhawk. Did you read the part where I said “oh oh” this guy was not a anchor baby welfare leecher?  Too bad you missed the sarcasm as it appears that it just went over your head.

» on 04.24.13 @ 06:20 PM

Just so you people know…he is not a sex offender because he dated a 15 year old girl. That is complete B.S!! He is an offender because he RAPED a 12 year old girl…and THAT is the truth. The people who have lived in his town should be aware of this and know the FACTS. He is a rapist. Plain and simple.

» on 04.24.13 @ 09:42 PM

laredo: Nice try, good idea - it’s amazing overtaxed’s repetitive racist script is never flagged & removed; the only content is hate.

» on 04.25.13 @ 04:33 AM

Laredo I AGREE with you 100%; now we know there is so much hatred towards the Hispanic people! How sad!!! People are ignorant.  Isn’t it something how there are nopales planted all over Montecito & all over ...Oh.duh this land belonged to Mexico; ..hahaha

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