The suspect in an early morning home invasion robbery Saturday in Lompoc is being sought by Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies.
At approximately 5 a.m., an unknown suspect rang the doorbell at a residence in the Lasalle Canyon Road area.
Sheriff’s deputies describe the suspect as a light-skinned, Hispanic, male adult, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing dark clothing.
It is unknown why the victim or his particular residence was targeted.
The 65-year-old victim, who was home alone, went to the front door but could not see the suspect through the peephole. The suspect stated he was with the Sheriff’s Office and needed to speak to the victim, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
The victim opened the front door and was attacked by the suspect, she said. The suspect struck the victim multiple times with a pistol and what the victim described as a “night stick.” The victim attempted to fight back but was overwhelmed by the suspect and forced into his bedroom. The suspect demanded money and guns and said he would harm the victim’s family if his needs were not met.
The victim gave the suspect the money he had in his pants pocket, Hoover said, adding the suspect then bound the victim’s hands behind his back with duct tape and left the room. The victim freed himself from the duct tape, retrieved a baseball bat and struck the suspect when he returned to the bedroom. The suspect took the bat from the victim and continued to beat him with it before leaving through the front door.
The victim suffered extensive injuries, including facial lacerations and a fractured skull, Hoover said. Despite his injuries, he was able to drive to a friend’s house nearby for help. The friend then drove the victim to the hospital and called 911. The victim was hospitalized but expected to survive his injuries.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling the nonemergency dispatch number at 805-683-2724. For anonymous tips, call 805-681-4171 or visit https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.