A man wanted in connection with a burglary in Carpinteria was will receive a mental health evaluation after he was found stranded on a cliff Friday evening at the Douglas Family Preserve, police said.
Around 5:15 p.m. Friday, police received multiple 9-1-1 calls from the preserve about a man on the cliffs who was in need medical or mental health assistance. The man was about 40 feet down the cliff and it appeared he was going to jump to the beach below, said Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale, Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman.
Multiple police units were on scene, along with paramedics, a crisis negotiator and personnel with the Santa Barbara City Fire Department. As authorities were preparing to conduct a rescue and negotiation the man, who was distraught and crying, climbed up the cliff to safety, Sgt. Ragsdale said.
He was evaluated by medical staff and transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.
An investigation revealed that the man, whose name was withheld, was wanted in a burglary that occurred in Carpinteria earlier in the day, said Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
The circumstances of the burglary were unknown as of Friday night, Ms. Hoover said.