Man Arrested With Bamboo Shank, Homemade Bomb

Allegedly Attacked and Stabbed Ex-Wife’s Boyfriend

Monday, September 23, 2013
Article Tools
Print friendly
E-mail story
Tip Us Off
iPod friendly
Share Article

A man wielding a makeshift bamboo shank was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a fire bomb, which authorities found later in his car.

Jose Juan Bernal
Click to enlarge photo


Jose Juan Bernal

Jose Juan Bernal, a 36-year-old Isla Vista resident, allegedly attacked his estranged wife’s boyfriend on September 22 in the 600 block of San Pascual Street, police said. Bernal was initially arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. However, after searching his vehicle, officials found an improvised fire bomb made out of batteries, wiring, toilet paper, and a butane lighter, a press release said. Possession of a deadly device near a public place or private home was then added to his charges.

The homemade firebomb was designed to set itself and other nearby objects on fire, officials said. The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded and dismantled the device.

On the morning of the attack, Bernal reportedly followed the victim, who was picking up his coworker on their way to work. A fight broke out between the two men and Bernal stabbed the 35-year-old victim in the chest with his bamboo shank, which had a three-inch piece of metal affixed to it, according to an SBPD media release.

Bernal left the scene and drove to his estranged-wife’s home in the 700 block of West Cota Street. After speaking with her briefly, he attempted to leave but was blocked in his parking space by the victim’s car. The victim told his attacker that he was calling the police and Bernal fled the scene on foot.

At 7:49 a.m. officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon, stopping Bernal as he walked towards the Ortega Street footbridge. Bernal was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for the felonies with a $50,000 bail.

The victim was treated by paramedics for a puncture wound to the chest, but declined further care.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Like the protagonist so well portayed by Michael Douglas in the movie "Falling Down", Bernal is another symptom of our economic dystopia.

It seems there is a lot more of this happening, but hey, let's build more prisons. After all, if you build it, they will come.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 6:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whatever happened to the guy who stabbed his relative in the neck up in the Mesa?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 7:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't be too hard on the guy. He's just misunderstood. He's only 36 years old, and just needs a few more chances to get his life on track.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You know Bill Clausen, I spent quite a few years dirt poor and during that time was spurned by women who did not want to be associated with a dirt poor hippy finding his way in the world. But never did I ever feel the need to stab or otherwise attack another man. I just don't understand how you paint this jerk as a victim "of our economic dystopia." This guy is just violent loser who lost his wife to what appears to be a better man. The victim in this case is the guy who got stabbed not the guy who did the stabbing. I'm a flaming liberal, but I just don't see the evidence that sociopathic behavior like this is caused by economics.

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 8:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Way to call it, Eckermann. I sure wouldn't want to be married to this guy.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 9:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

One good thing that you can say about this guy is that he very resourceful.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 24, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This guy knew how to fashion a Shank out of Bamboo w/ a Metal tip for added effect, Proven Prison education right there!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
September 24, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've noticed a disturbing trend in billclausen's posts. Why is it you feel the need to paint those who would cause harm to others as victims? Or say the transients who bully and harass innocent people are victims? I have been poor my entire life, have even lived in my car at one point. During all that time I never once violently attacked anyone else nor did I harass others for a hand out. I now have a pretty good job and pay my own way but don't have a whole lot of extra money floating around. These people are not victims and it is disgusting to paint them as such. This individual made the concious choice to walk up to another human being and stab him. Honestly I don't care if he is right in the head or not jail is exactly where he should be.

MSSB (anonymous profile)
September 24, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The look / of LOSE / is in / your eyes . . .

Draxor (anonymous profile)
September 25, 2013 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Draxor: Would that be the Dusty Springfield version?

MSSB: My point is that there seems to a much more of this behavior as of late. Was this guy born defective?...maybe, but if nothing else the need (justified or otherwise) for a gang injunction shows that our overall culture is producing greater numbers of violent people. Same application to the gun control argument.

Address the symptoms, or go deeper.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
September 26, 2013 at 7:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

event calendar sponsored by: