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Gang Member Stabs East Beach Exerciser

17-Year-Old Suspect in Custody; Victim with No Known Gang Ties Remains in Hospital


Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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A 23-year-old Goleta man remains in serious but stable condition at Cottage Hospital after he was stabbed once on the left side of his chest while exercising with a friend Monday evening on East Beach.

A 17-year-old suspect, who police say is the stabber, was arrested soon after on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The Santa Barbara resident will also likely face a gang enhancement charge. Because the suspect is a juvenile, his identity is not being released at this time, explained Santa Barbara police spokesperson Sergeant Riley Harwood.

Harwood said the victim and his friend — who police say are not gang members — were approached by the 17-year-old and another young subject near the volleyball courts at around 7:10 p.m. There was a verbal challenge of some kind — Harwood couldn’t elaborate on the altercation — and the victim was swiftly attacked.

Officers obtained a physical description of the suspect, and a canine unit picked up his scent at nearby Dwight Murphy Field. The dog followed the trail “through a canal, under the railroad tracks,” and onto the 1100 block of Punta Gorda where the teen was arrested, Harwood said.

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A canal?
Does the police PIO really use words like that around here?
Does the Indy have to repeat that too?

A 5-minute tutorial on stormwater infrastructure, please.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at noon (Suggest removal)

Right on for canine olfactory senses.

SaveMoreMesa (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stabbed in the upper,left chest?! mediolateral torso rather,Stabber?! ...assailant,Deadly weapon?!..as opposed to a soothing weapon, Swiftly attacked?!...or slowly attacked...And how unprofessional to call a "Uni-directional high-precipitation allieviantiary support & guidance culvert....a canal!!!

PeterPeli (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In a culture of gangs, maybe it's time to reconsider what "juvenile" and "justice" mean when violent crimes against persons are involved.

anemonefish (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 12:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I thought gang members only attacked gang members? Will Bill Brown start issuing CCW again?

dinkster (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 1:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If only we had fewer police and more bulbouts, these problems would be solved!

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 1:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Never thought anyone would cross under the 101 using the Sycamore Creek culvert, but now that it's dry, definitely possible. You can see it when you walk across the bridge to go to the zoo.

C'mon gang bangers, if you can't be chill, then stay away. This is one of the most relaxed and friendly scenes in town. Even the transients w/ their 40-ouncers kick back to watch the volleyball games.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 2:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This might not have been gang related, maybe just an arguement that got too heated. OR, the victim is a gang member but not according to the police which use these type of crimes to make the crime look worse than it is. There isn't much details except that he did it, and was caught.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 2, 2012 at 4:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just back from the home country and I am glad to see that AZ is making complete sense again; this is definitely a case of the police making this otherwise harmless encounter(they were probably sharing a creme soda and one of the poor souls slipped and was inadvertently injured) sound worse that it actually is.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 5:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Throw out the bums Francisco, Hotchkiss and Rowse!

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 8:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I see a difference in either two gang members going at it or two knuckleheads going at it than a random person getting stabbed for no reason, don't you? Violence is going to happen but as long as it happens to parties that are mutually in the wrong than it really isn't a problem, since they both get what they asked for.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 9:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The poor Stabber should be sent back to High School, they have Restorative Justice and all will be well - NOT.

@dinkster,

You have the answer, Santa Barbara has become a Victims Zone, I feel safer in the water with the Great White Shark.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 9:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Definitely safer in the water with the sharks.

Since we're all speculating here, I'm guessing it was some kind of initiation.

surfimp (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Punta Gorda. Santa Barbara's hidden treasure.

tacobellmike (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 12:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That and Dead Indian street.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 7:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Perhaps he can apply for a bed at that nice new County Jail we are getting ready to build. I guess we should be glad it was a knife wound and not gun fire. Silly question maybe, but where are the parents? Did no one ever teach these kids to behave?

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
October 3, 2012 at 8:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Parents are probably landscaping and working in a restaurant somewhere trying to pay the ridiculous rents of this town, while junior is running the streets with the homies even though they told him not to.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 8:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Or sitting on their butts and receiving multiple levels of public assistance, from "California Fresh(food stamps) to subsidized housing to free day care to free school meals, and still not giving a crap about their cretin kid...
Who cares?
So the high cost of living here stimulates gang violence? What's the excuse in Oakland or Richmond where housing is dirt cheap?

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 5, 2012 at 6:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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ccastro (anonymous profile)
October 5, 2012 at 5:10 p.m.

Itliasburg- It might be just Oakland or Richmond but it is still the Bay Area, one of the most expensive areas in CA. As for the food stamp argument, I don't know how they do it in CA but in AZ they check for papers on all assistance.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 7, 2012 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Bay Area is not monolithic and there are plenty of low cost housing options available and many high cost housing options available; a fact which demonstrates that your previous post was irrelevant.
I did not make a comment about the parents of these cretins being illegal aliens or legal residents, just that your tired old Progressive point about how hard every one of these folks work is related to them not raising their kids properly.
I don't care why these kids are happy being criminals; whether their parents are on welfare or working10 jobs, and the problem has GOTTEN WORSE as the breadth and depth of government aide has increased, I just want them off of the street.
And yes, in this town many of their parents are probably illegal aliens and in this town they are in the vast majority Latino.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)