A Los Angeles-area woman suspected of kidnapping an infant was arrested in Santa Barbara on Thursday after fleeing from law enforcement, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began shortly before 11 a.m. when deputies responded to a report of a parental kidnapping at the county Social Services Department office on Camino Del Remedio, said Raquel Zick, sheriff’s public information officer.
Deputies spotted the suspect — identified at Sandra Tapia, 39, of Canoga Park — fleeing the area in her SUV, Zick said, and attempted to stop the vehicle.
“Tapia failed to yield, and led deputies on a pursuit along southbound Highway 101, exiting on Garden and then through city streets,” Zick said.
The Santa Barbara Police Department was alerted to the incident, and officers located Tapia, her vehicle, and the 1-year-old girl a short time later on the 200 block of East Los Olivos Street.
Tapia was taken into custody without incident, Zick said, and was going to be booked into the County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, child endangerment, and evading arrest, all felonies, and misdemeanor driving under the influence.
Her bail amount was pending.
The infant, who reportedly was not restrained while riding in the vehicle, was not physically injured, Zick said, and was released to Social Services.