Joseph Vallejo

Joseph Vallejo

The public’s help is being sought to locate a 22-year-old parolee who eluded capture by Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies earlier this week.

Joseph Vallejo, 22, of Carpinteria has been missing since about 10:15 p.m. Monday, when he fled from deputies who approached him near his home, sheriff spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Wednesday.

An initial search of the area, which included a K9 specialty unit, did not locate Vallejo, who is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon, Hoover said.

Deputies searched for Vallejo again at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday — this time with assistance from a Santa Barbara County helicopter — after receiving several reports from residents that Vallejo had been seen at a home in the Carpinteria area, she said.

The search was eventually called off when Vallejo was not located.

Hoover said Vallejo was last seen Wednesday morning wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and a black hat. He was riding a yellow mountain bike and had a black backpack. 

Vallejo is about 5-foot-7 and 125 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a large tattoo on his neck.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 805.692.5743.

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