Stabbing on West Arrellaga

Victim Suffers Multiple Knife Wounds to Abdomen

Friday, February 22, 2013
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Santa Barbara police responded to a stabbing that occurred on the 300 block of West Arrellaga Street at around 9 a.m. Friday.

The victim — a 34-year-old male whose name has not yet been released — suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen. The injuries are non-life threatening, according to Sgt. Bryan Jensen, and the victim is currently being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

No arrests have been made, and the incident remains under investigation. Jensen noted that it is unknown whether the stabbing was gang-related.


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What the heck is happening to sweet, sunny Santa Barbara?

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We've always had these problems blackpoodles.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Blackpoodles, the same thing that was happening all the time. It's just that we're hearing about these things now.

It's still sweet, sunny SB. We just get to know about it now that there's not the unofficial moratorium on reporting crimes in SB that there used to be.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 4:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What does the Coilition Against Gun Violence have to say about this?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

nonononononono, this is verrrry irregular. 300 block of arrellaga? Olive st. north of anapamu? the victim in this case is 34? i grew up all over those streets as a teenager this is very unusual.

redbunz (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 7:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you redbunz, I have been here 30 years, and it does seem unusual to me. Could it be that methamphetamine is at play? I was sitting at dinner with a couple of criminal defense lawyers (not from SB) recently, and they said that most of their violent offenders cases involve folks who are meth addicts, and that once they have been in jail and sober for a few weeks they can't figure out why they committed the crime that landed them there, but the violence made sense while they were high.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Redbunz - just to clarify, 300 W. Arrellaga is near Bath. Olive is at 500 E. Arrellaga.

Bajades (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So East Haley Street is no longer the exclusive danger zone, is that right?

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 1:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

...along with San Andres...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I want to know if the weapon used on the victim was part of a knife set. That is what we should be focusing on. It is ridiculous that anyone can walk into any store and not just buy one knife, but a whole set of knives! Who really needs more than one knife? BAN KNIFE SETS! And everyone will live happily ever after...

DanVac (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 1:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Even scarier DV, it may have been one piece from a set of screwdrivers, purchased without proper ID from Home Improvement, although they are checking Rewards Card numbers just in case.
Also, and this was shocking even to me, they actually sell groups of these "knives" you mentioned through infomercials on the television. For goodness sakes, our kids could be watching these sharp objects from their laptops right now!

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 6:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"galls" is running a special on Stab Armor;
Maybe Santa Barbarians should start investing in Anti-Stabbing Armor?

dou4now (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Despite suffering “suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen… the injuries are non-life threatening,” luckily for the victim. And lucky for us, his misfortune has inspired some brilliant and original ideas here! That is that that guns and knives (and other tools) pose equivalent threats to public safety. After all, multiple gun shots to the abdomen probably would’ve taken as much energy on the aggressor’s part, and wouldn’t they also have resulted in “non-life threatening” injuries? If that’s close enough to true, let’s break the gun control logjam with a compromise: In future, in exchange for a phased transition from gun sales to knife (and screwdriver) sales, our government will not require regulation of those weapons in any way, and will revise the 2nd amendment so that it protects the rights of all law-abiding citizens to own any type of knife (or screwdriver) in any quantity. Local communities can also arrange trade-ins, where citizens can trade in their weary, worn guns for bright shiny new knives (or screwdrivers). Of course, sales and regulation of bow and arrow equipment (including cross bows), etc, should continue unperturbed.

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm amazed this took place so early in the morning. Hopefully the victim recovers from his injuries and they catch the person responsible.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 9:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I read this somewhere.

Law abiding Citizens take their issues to Court for resolution.

Criminals whose activities are illegal to begin with, take their issues to the Street in the form of Violence for resolution.

We pass laws against the law abiding and expect Criminals to obey them - Insanity?

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And this morning we have the Allstar game on Sola and Kowalski. Seems to be a spike in the violence. Unfortunately I think someone will be shot in the next couple days. What is ridiculous is that this is near "Kids World". It is almost laughable, or maybe cry-able that this can't be handled by the many COPS with their hi tech toys, and uber arsenal of weaponry. Geez, just put a few units in ground zero of the respective East and West sides before some bystander civilians get caught in the cross fire just like in LA.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, yeah, the cops are downtown, policing all the tourists and bars, or defending Councilman Rowse's cafe, or over in San Roque or up on the upper Eastside or in Mission Canyon protecting property. We need a new Chief ASAP, and a Council that cares about the Westside and lower Eastside.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Agreed DrDan. I guess they will be cruising about on some of those electrified stand up tricycles at $4K a pop soon. Maybe a bit off topic, but regarding gangs.. I had a friend that moved here a long time ago and he had some issues. Got in trouble with the COPS. The judge made him play on the COP softball team. Straightened his wagon right out. Perhaps some of these young men should be forced to play some organized athletics.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sad to see such a pretty town made so ugly again and again.
Been living in SouthEastAsia past couple years, and violence like this is almost 0. So nice it was to cruise around without a worry. -AB in SB

andrewbaker77 (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

People keep decrying "oh how could this happen in our beautiful town", which shows how the problem came about to begin with. Too much emphasis on the exterior, none on the interior.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 12:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gun control would have prevented this stabbing.

Seriously though, bicycle cops, looking on the interior, and the other suggestions made would go a long way in solving the problem, which IS tied in with random shootings. Societys' ills are often no more than a degree or two of separation from each other.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Gun control would have prevented this stabbing." Nice, BC, right to the point. Clearly, you are worried that more gun control is coming: YAHOO, it is, brother, and I welcome it for one.
Yeh, we agree on the need for bicycle cops: too bad the City Council is too cheap to extend it BACK OVER HERE TO THE WESTSIDE, or EASTSIDE...they think we don't vote over here, just wait.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DrDan: Do you think and alderman (sp?) system might address the point you raise?

For those not familiar with what I'm saying, it's where instead of the current system of a bunch of city council people who don't represent any area in particular, we replace it with a system where the people on the council represent specific geographical areas, such as eastside, westside, san roque, etc.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 2:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)


We think alike. City Council elected "at large" does not serve us well. I support districts so each district has a council member that represents the needs of their area.

@Dan PhD,

Schindler's List was on the tube this weekend. Perfect example of why Government should not be the only ones to have Firearms. The History of Mankind is replete with Governments gone Bad, it is the Nature of Man. Oh and every Utopian State ever created has fallen into the pit of hell, of course yours is different, lol.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm all for your alderman system, BC,or, return to "wards" and then each area would have at least one "voice" at meetings.
@hgwmv, I've seen Schindler's List, but it certainly doesn't make the point for me that it apparently makes for you. We've been over this ground: if you imagine a "militia" could take on the US Army, or any army, that's just delusional.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)


It is my Natural Right to go down swinging than be herded like a sheep to my death.

The documentary movie about the Bielski Brothers, one of the partisan survivors makes this quote, "A rifle was life itself"

The Bielski Partisan did take on the German Army, tanks and all.

Its called Guerrilla Warfare, same warfare what the Viet Cong practiced or what the Free Syrians are doing today.

Your choice to be a Statist Sheep is yours alone, History is my guide and I am quite rational about the Nature of Man.

A Cruise ship lost power and had to be towed back to Port this month. In just four days, The Lord of the Flies, reared its ugly head and people started Hoarding Food and dividing into groups.

The delusion is yours, that humanity is any different than history has proven it to be and that a man cannot persevere against all odds.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's a great dramatization of the Bielski Brothers story starring Daniel Craig, a must see film.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

yeah, "Statist Sheep" and "the Nature of Man"... just want some bicycle cops around!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 5:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ok Danny Boy, bob and weave. I truly hope you get those Cops but I fear its going to take a Federal Anti_Gang task force to fumigate the roaches.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

OK hgwmv, your comment from a partisan survivor in the Bielski Bros. movie that "A rifle was life itself" makes me you think we're in a state like that here?? You worship your guns? I should have gone out there with a firearm and settled those guys battling with baseball bats at Kowalski and Sola not far from my home?! You would do that, you big powerful well-armed man (or, woman)?!
You are making little sense...."History is my guide and I am quite rational about the Nature of Man." ? Robespierre thought he was quite rational about the nature of man, too...that's a pretty heavy discussion about human nature...
I was stating we need bike cops over here. What are you trying to say other than your petty "Danny Boy, bob and weave"? Get over yourself.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 2:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe we can all agree that guns aren't a black and white issue but a grey area. Guns have taken lives, guns have saved lives.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 27, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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