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Four Arrested, Teen Hospitalized in Gang-Related Stabbing

Toddler also injured when struck by get-away vehicle, according to Santa Barbara police

Two people were arrested, a 17-year-old boy suffered multiple stab wounds, and a toddler was injured by a get-away vehicle during a stabbing incident Thursday night on Santa Barbara’s Westside.
Two people were arrested, a 17-year-old boy suffered multiple stab wounds, and a toddler was injured by a get-away vehicle during a stabbing incident Thursday night on Santa Barbara’s Westside.  (Urban Hikers photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 3:12 p.m. |

Police and fire personnel converge on the 300 block of Ladera Street in Santa Barbara, where the suspect vehicle in a Westside stabbing ended up striking a toddler. (Urban Hikers photo)

Four people were arrested Thursday night after a gang-related stabbing near the Westside Boys & Girls Club, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The suspects fled the scene after the stabbing, which occurred shortly before 8 p.m., and a short time later injured a toddler who was struck by their get-away vehicle, Lt. Paul McCaffrey said.

The boy did not appear to be seriously injured, but was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for examination, McCaffrey said.

The stabbing victim — a 17-year-old male — suffered multiple stab wounds, and also was taken to the hospital, where he was in surgery late Thursday night, McCaffrey said.

The teen was expected to survive his wounds, McCaffrey said.

Following the stabbing, which occurred near San Pascual and Anapamu streets, several suspects fled in a BMW, McCaffrey said.

Thanks to the assistance of several members of the public, who called in to report details of the incident, the BMW was located, and was followed by an officer to an address in the 300 block of Ladera Street, McCaffrey said.

At that point, the vehicle pulled into a driveway, striking a child playing in the yard, who witnesses told Noozhawk was a 4-year-old boy.

One suspect was arrested immediately, and a second was taken into custody a short time later at the nearby residence of a stranger, McCaffrey said.

Two others were arrested later in the night, said Sgt. Eric Beecher.

Those arrested included two adults and two juveniles, Beecher said, and they face charges ranging from attempted murder and felony hit and run, to resisting arrest, aggravated trespassing and driving without a license.

Names of the adults suspects were being withheld pending further investigation, Beecher said, while the names of juvenile suspects normally are not released.

A suspect in a Westside stabbing is taken into custody late Thursday night on Ladera Street in Santa Barbara. (Urban Hikers photo)

"We do believe this was gang-related," McCaffrey said, adding that the incident remained under investigation.

McCaffrey credited the public with allowing police to make quick arrests in the case.

"One reason were were able to locate and stop the suspect vehicle was information provided by callers. who had seen some portion of this event," McCaffrey said.

Gina Carbajal, executive director of the United Boys & Girls Clubs, released a statement Friday morning about the incident.

"This violent event serves as another important reminder as to why our local kids need a positive, safe and structured place to go after school with healthy activities and caring adults — something which is provided by United Boys & Girls Clubs," she said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims who were injured last night and their families."

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» on 09.05.13 @ 11:36 PM

Congratulations SantaBarbara, your town is as classy as
Oxnard.  Well done.

» on 09.06.13 @ 07:43 AM

I am totally disgusted by this activity. As a resident of Santa Barbara, I am sick and tired of the repeated stabbings, gang activity and general lawlessness we are seeing on our streets. I demand that our politicians and the police focus all their efforts on cleaning this up now, not tomorrow or next year.

The police need to flood these neighborhoods with personnel and stop-and-frisk suspicious people who appear to have gang connections. Don’t start in me with me about their so-called civil liberties, while the most basic civil liberty, living in a community without violent crime, is abridged.  This will not happen until the citizens of Santa Barbara demand it. Where is the outrage?

» on 09.06.13 @ 07:43 AM

Zuma7 please be aware that the turds that were involved in this crime were in fact driving a BMW when they ran down a toddler.. even the turds drive Bimmers here.

» on 09.06.13 @ 09:07 AM

SB voters, you should know that at a forum last month, city council candidates Megan Diaz Alley, Gregg Hart, Cruzito Cruz, Matthew Kramer, David Landecker, and Jason Nelson publically said that they would vote to withdraw the pending gang injunction if elected to office.  If an innocent toddler being runover and a gang banger taking over a random person’s house don’t demand a gang injunction, then I don’t know what does.  Weak leadership allowed the gang contagion to spread, so we certainly don’t need any more soft-on-gang types running our city.

» on 09.06.13 @ 10:19 AM

O.K., so we probably can’t, legally, make “looking like a gang-banger” a crime.  But why not enforce acceptable behavior the way some primitive societies do: social pressure.  Publicize the names and addresses of those reasonably suspected of being gang members, and the rest of us - police and civilians - watch them like hawks. After a good dose of constant bird-dogging surveilance, and multiple busts (if only for “c.s.”), they will either give it up, or find it too stifling to operate.

» on 09.06.13 @ 10:37 AM

It starts with the money. Do we have it? If so, how best do we spend it? It begins at home. If children are raised uninfluenced by gangs, what are positive influences can they gravitate towards? It exists in a thriving economy. With more options for jobs and ways to make a legal financial living, more teens will gravitate towards being productive members of society.

Gang Injunctions are effective in less than 10% of case studies. They do deter crime up to 17% less in these studies. They are costly do to amount of supervision required (police) and the displacement of dollars from other services. The biggest downfall to injunctions is the evolution of gangs as members age, go to prison, quit, get positively influenced. As the gang evolves the injunction must change to conform. 

If an injunction is going to work it works best in a small town like Santa Barbara. And it’s time to either implement or make the decision to spend more money up front in preventing gang participation. But if there’s no solution that promotes parental involvement, neighborhood participation, job creation and kids wanting to do the right thing in the first place then it’s silly to keep pretending.

Gang Injunction, as much as people want to believe, is not an end all be all nor does it remove gangs from existence. Gangs just work around and consider themselves notorious for being on the radar. But a swift hard hammer is good medicine and I’m glad at this point our police are acting swiftly.. For now.

» on 09.06.13 @ 10:58 AM

Mexican anchor baby gangsters again, the Democrats have destroyed Calif.

They care about their votes more than our safety..Sad.Look at all the illegals and their 10 anchor kids crowding our school.

» on 09.06.13 @ 12:58 PM

Completely different perspective on this acting out by bored,
raw youth.

First, if one faction was driving a BMW, aren’t they exempt
from most California laws already? Plus, apart from their
felonious mayhem, aren’t they supporting the national economy
by investing in high-end cars?

Hope the judge takes that into consideration.

Second, why didn’t the four year old playing in the yard while
all the misdemeanoring was going on have access to an assault
rifle, and NRA stand-your-ground training?

When the little one saw the miscreants driving nearby, a few
well placed live-ammo bursts into their windshield could have
pushed them back toward the Boys & Girls Club, where Mrs.
Carbajal could have lured them out onto the basketball courts.

Gang banging, knifing, speeding, hitting toddlers.

Isn’t that what our esteemed youth are supposed to be doing on
a school day?

Just another normal day on the West Side of Santa Barbara.

» on 09.06.13 @ 02:55 PM

Publius, thanks for the levity. I didn’t think anyone could make me laugh regarding this incident.

» on 09.06.13 @ 06:25 PM

I lay the responsibility for this crap on SB’s major liberal/eco/democrat leaders for the past couple of decades.  Their policies, on the whole, encourage and support gang lifestyles.

Also, the mass-media soul-less corporate entertainment/news industry has at most every opportunity deigned to disparage traditional American values and history.  i.e. - authoritative, responsible father figure of the family has been mocked and ridiculed while ‘single motherhood’ has been glorified and made economically feasible with subsidized housing, foodstamps, WIC, welfare, etc.  Result: sociopathic monsters kicking the shyte out of persian immigrant clerks walking home after the work shift and winding up DEAD.

» on 09.07.13 @ 11:11 AM

Where is that commenter who had a problem with the police shooting a person carrying a knife & ignoring the police’s instructions to stop and drop the knife? Where are that person’s comments now? I’d love to hear that person’s compassionate tolerant spin on this occurrence.

And heed Mr. Belvedere’s comments about the city council candidates because if we don’t have a really tough city council then this gang activity in SB will get so incredibly out of hand that we all won’t believe it. Remember, its spreading UP… from El Salvador, Mexico, Los Angeles, Oxnard… Lompoc, Santa Maria… We are surrounded. No half measures are going to work either at the federal, state or city level. And gun control is not the answer. Its only a distraction. Since when do criminals care what the laws are?

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