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Five days after the death of William Pulle-Valle, Santa Barbara police arrested Juan Carlos Mendez on Wednesday evening, booking him for murder with gang-enhanced charges. Arrest warrants for Mendez were served at both Cheltenham Road — an unincorporated county neighborhood in Mission Canyon — and Via Diego, which is near Bishop Diego High School.
Pulle-Valle had been found unconscious and bleeding from stab wounds on the 1000 block of Olive Street, just a block from Santa Barbara High School, at around 1 a.m. on January 18. He died after being taken to Cottage Hospital.
Like the victim, the suspect is 24 years old, and police authorities state both had a history of association with the Eastside gang. Mendez is in County Jail on a no-bail hold.