Teen Arrested After Man Is Stabbed Near East Beach
Santa Barbara police say 17-year-old suspect who was taken into custody has gang ties
One person was hospitalized and a teenager was taken into custody Monday night following a stabbing near East Beach, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Officers were dispatched about 7:10 p.m. to the area near the sand volleyball courts in the 1300 block of East Cabrillo Boulevard for a report of a stabbing, said Sgt. Kenneth Kushner.
They found an adult victim, whose name was not released, suffering from stab wounds, and he was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition late Monday, Kushner said.
Witnesses told investigators that several Hispanic males were seen fleeing the scene, Kushner said.
A search was conducted, with the assistance of a police canine, and officers later took a 17-year-old boy into custody, said Sgt. Riley Harwood.
The teen was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement, Harwood said.
Police were not releasing the name of the teen, who is believe to have gang connections, because he is a minor, Kushner said.
on 10.02.12 @ 11:07 AM
Looks like all the tough anti gang measures are working just fine…
on 10.02.12 @ 12:01 PM
on 10.02.12 @ 03:51 PM
I exercise at East Beach several days a week. Scary people are always around.
on 10.02.12 @ 04:02 PM
It will be interesting to see how the Mayor, Police Chief, and the City Council respond to this. My hope is that that they treat this incident as an inflection point and start seriously cracking down on these roaches by: (1) expanding the gang injunction to cover juvenile gang members (the aggressor was 17 after all); (2) opening up the east and west sides to new, high-end development to price this scum out of Santa Barbara for good; and (3) redirecting all city funding for homeless services to the SBPD’s gang unit. The victim was not a gang member, just a regular guy going about his business. Thus, that victim easily could have been one of us or our kids.
on 10.03.12 @ 02:33 PM
This is absolutely atrocious. There are tourists that come from all corners of the world with their families to this destination. They spend $200-$300/night on a nice room across the street from the beach and must be terrified by what they see when they get here. I moved to this area just over a year ago and pay a nice chunk of change to live close to the beach. I thought I was moving to a nice area. When I moved in I was immediately advised by one of my neighbors not to go out near the beach once the sun goes down.
I heard that the fellow who was stabbed had no gang affiliation. This tells me that any of us can be a target. What I want to know is why is this area dominated by the gangs and the homeless? What is the City doing to protect it’s citizens and tourists in this area?
on 10.03.12 @ 08:09 PM
j805, I feel your frustration. We moved here for many of the same reasons you did. And like you, we were rudely awakened when a fatal stabbing occurred two blocks from our apartment in downtown and we couldn’t seem to go out on State Street without being hit up for change by the homeless. Why so many “urban” problems in paradise? Blame Mayor Schneider and her touchy-feely allies on the City Council, i.e. Grant House and Cathy Murrillo. They unflinchingly pander to “Homeless, Inc.” and are too afraid to offend to crackdown on the gangs because they are afraid of offending certain segments of her coalition. Case in point, have you seen any press conferences or show of force after the most recent stabbing?? Don’t give up hope though, SB is still beautiful and a great place to live. With different leadership, this town can be great once again. Vote with your ballot, not with your feet.
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