Sgt. Mark Williams said two transients are suspected in the attack, which occurred about 11 p.m. The victim escaped after being cut on the forehead as his two attackers tried to take his wallet and bicycle.
A California Highway Patrol officer saw the assault and called in deputies to assist, according to Williams.
He said deputies found the victim bleeding from the head in front of the Zodo’s bowling alley. The man provided descriptions of the suspects, who Williams said matched those of two transients known by law enforcement — John and Gena Curry.
Williams said the pair were located behind the Vons grocery store on Fairview Avenue.
According to investigators, Gena Curry is believed to be the one who cut the victim, and a box-cutter knife was found in her possession; John Curry showed signs of involvement in a fight.
The Currys were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery. Bail for each was set at $50,000.
Williams said the victim was treated and released from Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.