Three More Arrested in Cottage Grove Stabbing

Sources Say Both Suspects and Victims Are Members Of Westside Gang

Friday, July 26, 2013
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Santa Barbara officials have arrested three more people in connection with the Cottage Grove Avenue gang stabbing on July 13 that left four people with moderate to serious injuries. Authorities have declined to release any additional information on the incident or say what sparked the large brawl, but sources told The Santa Barbara Independent that both the suspects and the victims are members of the Westside gang.

Eight individuals are now booked in Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, according to police. Investigators with the Santa Barbara Police Department and County Sheriff’s Office made the additional arrests after serving search warrants at seven different locations in Goleta and Santa Barbara.

The three newest suspects, who were arrested Wednesday, are:

– Adrianna Rosemary Marie Burkett, age 22, of Santa Barbara

– Nancy Moreno, age 22, of unincorporated Santa Barbara

– Iris Pineda, age 23, of Santa Barbara

The five remaining suspects are:

– Edgar Alberto Castellans Lopez, age 23, of Santa Barbara

– Abraham Vega, age 20, of Goleta

– Jose Rene Santa Cruz, age 20, of Santa Barbara

– Itzel Ramirez, age 20, of Santa Barbara

– Rita Maria Rodriguez-Mejia, age 23, of Santa Barbara


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I wish the racist SB Indy would stop publishing the names of so many Latino gang bangers. Pretty soon some ignorant people might start racially stereotyping...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2013 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds as though this was a "Jumping In" or a "Jumping Out", depending on the view of the Gang, though a Jumping in usually is done with fists rather than knives so the member lives to die for the Gang at a later date as directed by the Gang.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ha, ha, ha! I just made up a new racist joke: "How many 'gang members' does it take to stab 4 other gang members?

8. 1 to hold the knife, and 7 to push and pull the victims onto it.

(But seriously, how much longer will it take for everyone who ever even knew these guys [including siblings, wives, mothers and even small children] to be charged with "torture"?)

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 7:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder if any of them are "DREAMers." Gag....

banjo (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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