Surgeon arrested after attempting to kidnap her son in Goleta

December 12, 2019

Theresa Kolosi


An orthopedic surgeon attempted to kidnap her 12-year-old son during a supervised visit Sunday morning in Goleta, then escape to Montana aboard a private jet, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Theresa Colosi’s plans materialized partially. After bludgeoning a social worker in the head, Colosi flew without her son to Montana, where she was eventually caught and arrested.

Colosi, a 55-year-old surgeon who practices in the Bay Area and has ties to Lompoc, was having a supervised visit with her son at Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond in Goleta.

During the visit, Colosi started acting suspiciously while walking with her son. Colosi’s behavior caught the attention of the court-appointed observer.

Colosi then swung a metal object at the social worker. Colosi hit the social worker in the head several times.

At that point, the court-appointed observer instructed the boy to run into Zodo’s for help. Colosi began following her son, but then ran to her vehicle and fled the area.

Bystanders called 911. When deputies arrived, they found the victim in the parking lot with injuries to her head and face.

Detectives later determined Colosi had chartered a private jet that departed Lompoc Airport at about 10:48 a.m. The jet flew to Glacier International Airport in Montana.

Prior to the attempted kidnapping, Colosi gave away her belongings, withdrew $900,000 from her bank account and chartered the flight using fictitious names for herself, her son and her dog, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s officials authored an arrest warrant and coordinated with law enforcement in Whitefish, Montana. Whitefish detectives conducted surveillance on Colosi’s suspected hideout location.

At about 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Whitefish detectives witnessed Colosi exit the hideout and get into a taxi. Detectives conducted a “high-risk” stop of the cab and arrested Colosi.

The surgeon is facing charges of attempted murder and attempted child kidnapping.


Glad I was never operated on by a criminally insane surgeon . Great story, truth stranger than fiction.

Ralph Snart

She has very poor reviews on multiple websites. What I find interesting is the fact that nearly half of the reviews don’t mention anything about her. Only the practices she has worked for…. Don’t give a surgeon a poor rating because you are unhappy with their receptionist.


Isn’t the staff part of the entire experience? Of course you give a bad review if the service is terrible


And let’s not forget a charge of “animal cruelty”, please.

Francesca Bolognini

We do not know all the circumstances and coming between a mother and her child is a visceral situation, which would be hard to understand if you are not a loving mother. But this situation sounds more than a bit extreme and it is very likely that she will lose her license and a lot more for this desperate escapade. She will certainly not get off scot free, no matter where she is tried. I feel very sad for the child involved here and hope that the courts will do what is in that little boy’s best interest. This is very sad and we should not make assumptions about what we do not know.

Ralph Snart

If you’re only allowed supervised visitation with your 12 year old son there is something seriously wrong with you that the family courts have already assessed.


Whoa…Side Show Bob has met his match! But can “she” sing the entire score from HMS Pinafore?


Whoa- this whacko is a surgeon? An orthopedic surgeon?

“… practices in the Bay Area.” Oh, well, yeah- now THERE’S a surprise.