A commotion reported in the area of El Nopal in Santee late Monday night involved a Sheriff helicopter and handful of deputies and vehicles searching for three suspects that had been acting suspicious, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Santee Sheriff's Seargent Tom Poulin said someone called the department around 11:30 p.m. and informed them that people were trying to open car doors in the 10100 block of Maple Tree Lane. Neighbors approached and startled the three suspects and they dispersed into nearby backyards.
The Sheriff's Department responded with the help of the and eventually located one subject hiding in the a backyard in the 10100 block of El Nopal.
The apprehended suspect, Richard Vanwinkle, 24, from Spring valley, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, delay of peace officer and a parole hold. The other two individuals were not located and no car appeared to be entered, according to Poulin.