Two suspects are in custody following an attempted robbery on Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, at a marijuana cultivation facility located in the 1500 block of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria. The two suspects are 31-year-old Tyrone Taylor of Lancaster and 45-year-old Henry Jernigan of Los Angeles. A third suspect is still outstanding.

At approximately 6:25 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at the facility. Employees reported that a group of suspects had broken into the grounds and sprayed one of the employees with pepper spray before fleeing in a white U-Haul van with Arizona license plates.

Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers located the vehicle heading southbound on Highway 101. When the vehicle exited Victoria Avenue in Ventura, CHP officers conducted a felony stop and arrested the two occupants inside the vehicle. Pepper spray was recovered inside the van. The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident and the possibility that more suspects were involved.

The investigation revealed that Taylor and Jernigan were also involved in the June 9, 2018 armed robbery at the same marijuana cultivation facility. In that case, four suspects held the security guard at gunpoint before fleeing with stolen property. 

Taylor was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession of burglary tools, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit crime. Jernigan is booked on charges of attempted robbery, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, vandalism, possession of teargas, use of teargas and possession of a dirk or dagger. Both suspects were also re-booked for the previous case on charges of kidnapping, robbery, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit crime.   

To provide information that would assist investigators, call the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (805) 681-4150. To leave an Anonymous Tip, call (805) 681-4171 or visit sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.

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