Accused stabber David Hartsock

Sheriff's Department

Accused stabber David Hartsock

IV Stabbing Suspect Was Already in Jail

UCSB Student Recovering From Wounds

Arresting a Santa Maria man suspected of stabbing an Isla Vista resident Saturday morning was made easy for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, who quickly found that had already been taken to the Santa Barbara County Jail after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a stabbing-which was not gang related-on the street outside of 6651 Sabado Tarde and when they arrived, authorities found UCSB student Paul Ozhekh, 22, with multiple stab wounds. He was taken in for emergency surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with two stab wounds, one of which punctured his lungs.

According to authorities, David Hartsock, 20, was in town for a party and started heckling a couple of passing skateboarders around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The two stopped and Hartsock stood face-to-face arguing with Ozhekh, according to Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Erik Raney, when he “out of the blue” stabbed the victim and took off running.

Because of what Raney called “brilliant detective work,”, authorities were able to piece together the name of a possible suspect, and learned he had been arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his car on Highway 101 at about 2:30 a.m.

After speaking with the suspect, examining all of the evidence and circumstances surrounding the stabbing,” detectives arrested Hartsock Tuesday, and he still at the County Jail, now on suspicion of attempted murder. No weapon has been recovered to date.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Family Favorite Palazzio Italian Restaurant Won’t Reopen

Water damage and downtime killed the State Street eatery.

Criminal Investigation Delays Dream Home Raffle

Museum of Contemporary Art won’t comment on the vendor they say caused the trouble.

Red Flag Warning for North Santa Barbara County

National Weather Service predicts high winds and low humidity for backcountry areas.

Montecito Water District to Replace Meters

The $3-million project gives smart meters to 4,600 customers.

San Marcos High to Host Candidate Forum

The October 18 event is organized by the Associated Student Body.