Wednesday, November 14 , 2018, 12:47 pm | Fair 72º


Police Log: Suspect Arrested in Extortion Plot

Arrests also are made in a series of home burglaries and a restaurant theft

A sample of arrest cases handled this week by the Santa Barbara Police Department:

At 1 a.m. Monday, police responded to a residence in the 1500 block of West Valerio Street on an extortion investigation.

Alfredo Alvarado Murillo
Alfredo Alvarado Murillo

A couple in their 60s had received a handwritten note in their mailbox demanding $3,000 in cash. In the note, poorly written in Spanish, the suspect claimed membership in a notorious street gang. The note made threats against the couple’s family, specifically mentioning the wife and a grandchild by name. The note said to leave the cash in a specific location at a specific time.

Officers set up a sting operation. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, police contacted a man loitering near the drop zone. He denied any involvement in the extortion plot. Police located his 2001 Ford Ranger parked nearby and found evidence that linked the man to the extortion plot.

Alfredo Alvarado Murillo, 42, was arrested for extortion and criminal threats.

He was a former employee of the victims, and in the past had borrowed money from them. He was recently turned down for another loan because he never repaid the first one. Detectives have not found any evidence that Murillo is a member of any gang.

Anyone who has been the victim of a similar crime is urged to call the police department at 805.897.2350.

. . .

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a man living in an upstairs apartment in the 2100 block of De la Vina Street heard the back door to his balcony creaking open. He found a suspect crouched down on the balcony.

The resident tried to grab him, but the suspect leaped over the railing, scampered down to the alley and fled on foot. As an officer checked the scene for fingerprints, he saw a man matching the description of the suspect quickly walk away from a nearby apartment complex. Another officer located the suspect a block away.

Marcos Calzada, 22, provided a fake name and an unlikely explanation for being in the area. An illegal knife was found in his pocket; an iPod, checkbooks and other stolen property were found in his backpack.

Detectives determined Calzada had been taking shelter in an unoccupied apartment in the area. He was linked to burglaries in the 2100 block of De la Vina Street, 200 W. Los Olivos St., and an earlier burglary in the 500 block of Miramonte.

Calzada was booked on three counts of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, illegal lodging, possession of an illegal knife and falsely identifying himself to police.

. . .

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered Petrini’s Restaurant at 14 W. Calle Laureles. He loitered near the register for a few seconds before snatching the tip jar off the counter and running out the door.

Logan James Parkinson
Logan James Parkinson

Two employees chased him down De la Vina Street to the Ralphs grocery store parking lot at 2840 De la Vina St. The suspect tried to jump inside the passenger door of a waiting black Jeep Cherokee, but the driver started pulling away, possibly alarmed by the presence of the pursuers.

The suspect slipped to the ground, the tip jar shattered and the vehicle sped away. The Petrini’s employees held the suspect down until police arrived.

Logan James Parkinson, 18, was booked for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. A crack pipe and syringe were found in his pockets. The $20 in tip money was recovered.

— Paul McCaffrey is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >