Man Cuts Throat of Dinner Guest

Arrested and Charged with Attempted Murder

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Sam Maphis
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Sam Maphis

Santa Barbara police have arrested a 20-year-old man named Sam Maphis who allegedly slashed the throat of a dinner guest hosted by his uncle this Saturday night. The victim, a friend of Maphis’s uncle, survived the attack, though the wound ran 4.5 inches long and nearly an inch deep.

Police say Maphis has a history of mental illness and that there was no incident that witnesses could point to that triggered the attack. Maphis was not participating in the meal at the time of the assault, though was reportedly acting strangely in another room. When his uncle expressed outrage over the assault, Maphis reportedly threatened his uncle while pointing the knife at him.

Maphis fled the house, located in a neighborhood overlooking Elings Park. It was at the entrance of that park that he surrendered to authorities several hours later. Maphis is charged with attempted murder and making terrorist threats, and he is being held on $2.5 million bail, $1.5 million more than is typically set for such allegations.


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I would guess that this is the son of the very talented landscape architect: Sam Maphis. this is heartbreaking!

Sam Maphis, Sr. (sorry, it is the only way to tell it!)
Is a welcome face at "Ennisbrook Design Review Board"
meetings! (I call us the "taste police" in the subdivision of Ennisbrook.

How tragic that this young man has a mental illness; and he either stopped his medication; or was not getting the right medication!

the good news; The victim survived! Thanks to our local paramedics and ER staff!

I hope this young man is hospitalized soon; and not released until he is no longer a threat to others, I admire his uncle for "taking him in"!

I also understand a family "hoping" a child will "get better"!
There is a lesson here:

"denial" does not work in cases like this. It is a complete miracle that this victim survived. This young man needs to be behind bars......for his own protection; and the protection of others!

penelopeb (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 12:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, by the way! This bail is appropriate! I hope is also on "suicide watch"!
Thank God no one died.
A "throat slash" like that would usually result in death!

this kid meant to murder!

Very, very sad!

penelopeb (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 12:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope everybody heals.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2013 at 2:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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