Man Charged with Felony Assault After Downtown Stabbing

Victim Slashed Across Back; Anthony Loza Named Suspect

Monday, December 17, 2012
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Anthony Loza

A confrontation that appears to have started at EOS Lounge early Saturday morning before escalating into a fight outside the club left a 24-year-old man with a knife wound to his back and led to the arrest of 31-year-old Anthony Ray Loza of Goleta. Loza is accused of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and possession of Clonazepam without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance (Tramadol) without a prescription, both misdemeanors.

According to Santa Barbara police, officers responded at around 1:00 a.m. to a call of a large fight near City Lot 11, located in the 500 block of Anacapa Street. They were told by witnesses that two of the people involved had fled westbound on Haley Street and that one of them might have a knife. The two, Loza and a friend, were quickly located but Loza ran away when police caught up to him, authorities said. He tried to flee into the Santa Barbara Brewing Company through its back door, but found it locked.

Officers apprehended Loza and took him into custody. His clothes were bloody and he was in possession of a folding knife that had blood on it, authorities said. Loza’s friend, who didn’t run from officers, had facial injuries consistent with having been in a fight, but he denied he was involved in such an altercation. Other people involved in the fight have not been cooperative with officials, a police spokesperson said, and the investigation continues.

The stabbing victim was transported to Cottage Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Loza’s bail is set at $30,000.


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Time to outlaw knives.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2012 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

At least this guy is one of the less decrepit looking perps we have seen lately that was involved in a knifing. I much prefer clean cut assailants.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2012 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This guy has stabbed more people in the back than Cathy Murillo.

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2012 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good one, Stumbling_Distance! Blowhard John_Adams will be along presently to pompously defend Murillo with all manner of snark attacks on your person.

dogsnsand (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow the haters show up in force. How about some relevant comments rather than your petty innuendo.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2012 at 1:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Pedro Nava and Olivia Uribe, now those are backstabbbers.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2012 at 1:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bill- You have it right, we should ban knives since they seem to be the weapon of choice for murders in SB. I mean look at how effective the gun ban has been in Mexico, paradise on earth I tell you.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2012 at 2:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This idiot should have been charged with abusing clownsaham.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2012 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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