A 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the back around 10:30 p.m. on 8/24 in what police are investigating as a possible gang-related assault. The boy, who told police an approximately 19-year-old man stabbed him on the 1100 block of East Gutierrez Street, said he was pursued for a short time before he got to his home, where relatives called a taxi to take him to the hospital. The investigation is ongoing. (/stabbing828)

Five unidentified men attending an 8/23 wedding at Chase Palm Park reportedly attacked a 15-year-old who was attending a baptismal party nearby, bloodying his mouth, abrading his forehead, and trying but failing to throw a chair at him. Officers taking the victim to the police station said they were angrily resisted by his older brother, and his older brother’s girlfriend, who pushed the escorting officer and was in turn pushed to the ground and arrested for battery. Police cleared the park after the incident. (/parkfight)

In the ongoing murder trial of Ricardo Juarez, the teen accused of murdering Luis Angel Linares in March 2007, forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Anthony testified that he thought both the defense and prosecution’s theories about the fatal stab wound were reasonable. Anthony, who performed Linares’s autopsy, described his wounds, approximated the degree of bleeding, and explained what sort of blow created each. (/juarez828)

A 8/19 bomb threat called in to the American Lung Association office on San Andres Street was traced to an inmate at Santa Barbara County Jail. Police say that in lieu of identifying himself as is normal in typical collect-call procedures, 43-year-old inmate Frank Santos Flores simply claimed there was a bomb in the building. Shortly thereafter, Flores was charged with falsely reporting a bomb threat. (/bombthreat)


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