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SWAT Team Aids in Santa Maria Warrant Search

Home on West Polk Street targeted after recent armed robbery and sexual assault investigation

Tyrone Leekins

A SWAT team was brought in Thursday to help serve warrants at a Santa Maria home, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Officers converged on the home in the 200 block of West Polk Street at about 7 a.m. to serve a search warrant for a recent armed robbery and an unrelated investigation in the sexual assault of a minor, said Sgt. Paul Van Meel.

"During the service of the warrants, Tyrone Leekins, a resident of Santa Maria, was contacted and arrested for lewd acts with a minor," Van Meel said. "Both investigations are currently believed to be unrelated."

Also, in connection with the ongoing investigation into a recent armed robbery in the 600 block of South Thornburg Street, detectives discovered that a suspect who previously had been booked under the name of David Wilkerson had provided a false identity.

The suspect, Lovell McKellop, 20, was re-booked under his real name, and also charged with a felon charge of providing a false identity.

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