Arrest in Isla Vista.
Authorities arrest a 23-year-old man along El Colegio Road in Isla Vista early Friday on suspicion of burglary and false imprisonment. About seven law enforcement vehicles lined up along the roadway. Credit: Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies swiftly arrested an Isla Vista man early Friday after he allegedly broke into a home, held down a victim and then fled the area.

About 7:30 a.m., authorities said, deputies responded to the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive after someone reported that there was intruder inside a residence.

The suspect ran from the scene, but deputies tracked the man down about nine minutes later, stopping him on El Colegio Road, near Camino Pescadero.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 23-year-old Matthew Dunbar Roberts.

Authorities said the suspect did not know the victim.

Deputies said the suspect entered the victim’s home and held her down. The victim screamed, and the suspect fled the residence.

Roberts was booked at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, burglary, possession of a dirk or dagger, which is a felony, and a DUI. He was also arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended license, as well as a detainer for a violation of probation.

He is being without bail.

Joshua Molina

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