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Names Released of 5 Suspects in Santa Barbara Stabbings

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

The names of three men and two women suspected of attempted murder in stabbing incidents last weekend that left four victims injured have been released.

Edgar Alberto Castellanos, 23, Abraham Vega, 20, Jose Rene Santacruz, 20, Rita Maria Rodriguez Mejia, 23, and Itzel Ramirez, 20, all of Santa Barbara, are listed on the criminal complaint as defendants in the stabbings that occurred on Saturday.

Santa Barbara police reported that four people were hospitalized — one in critical condition — after two separate stabbing incidents early Saturday.

The first assault occurred shortly before 1 a.m. in the 400 block of North Milpas Street, Sgt. Dan McGrew told Noozhawk. Officers arrived to find a man with stab wounds, and he was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

About two hours later, officers were dispatched to the west downtown neighborhood, the 200 block of Cottage Grove Avenue, where they found three people — two males and a female — who had been stabbed.

The five defendants were arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Details are still scant about that evening’s events, and Sgt. Riley Harwood said Thursday that he could not release any new information at this time.

All five are charged with attempted murder with two victims listed in the complaint, and five are also charged with assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury with those two victims.

Vega already has one strike against him for an assault with a deadly weapon charge from 2011, of which he was convicted last year.

A third and fourth victim are also mentioned in the complaint, and all five defendants are facing charges of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury with those victims as well.

All of the charges list a special allegation of street terrorism, for the benefit of or at the direction of the Westside Gang.

Prosecutor Kimberly Siegel told Noozhawk on Thursday night that the defendants are still being assigned attorneys, so an arraignment has not occurred.

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» on 07.18.13 @ 10:30 PM

Nice illegal aliens and anchor baby scum.

Thank your Democrats in charge who want their votes at your family expense.

» on 07.18.13 @ 10:40 PM

Gang injunction NOW!

» on 07.19.13 @ 12:07 AM

Of course they are Mexican. Where’s Laredo to defend their honor? Putting them in jail isn’t going to do anything, death penalty will.

» on 07.19.13 @ 07:41 AM

Forget about the Taliban, it is scum like these so-called gang wannabes that are the greatest threat to public safety in the U.S.  These bottom feeders are everywhere attacking children and the elderly, stealing from the working class, vandalizing, dealing drugs, and living off of the tax payers. 
These clowns are taught at an early age to hate the U.S., whites, blacks, Asians, law enforcement, teachers, and other Latinos that are not of their national origin.  Jail and prison is a rite of passage in their sub-culture so build more jails and prisons because they’re not going away as long as we have politicians Cathy Murillo.

» on 07.19.13 @ 09:14 AM

I always wonder who or what brought these type of people up?

They are like a cancer that is spreading to all communities in California.

» on 07.19.13 @ 09:12 PM

Just because they have spanish surnames does not mean they are “Mexican.”  They could be of Spanish or Cuban or Salvadoran or Nicaraguan or Columbian descent.  It makes no difference since if they were born in the U.S. then they are U.S. citizens.  Whether they are U.S. citizens or not they are still Americans just like all the other nervous Americans posting hateful comments about people because they are of a particular background.  Lots of profiling going on among noozhawk posters who have no understanding of the social conditions that lead to criminal behavior. They assume only Mexicans are involved in criminal behavior. The Trayvon Martin case illustrates the racial divide (black vs. white) that exists in our country but the divide here in California is brown vs. white. People should know that not all criminals/bad people in California are “Mexicans.”  It is interesting to me that the hateful posters only surface when there is a crime involving spanish surnamed people but they never comment when the news story involves crimes committed by Euro Americans, i.e. “white” people.

» on 07.20.13 @ 01:34 PM

Laredo’s a joke!  Como mierda!  Hows that for spanish?

» on 07.20.13 @ 09:31 PM

LRG1—Yo no sabias que eras Mexicano tambien.  Pero si vas a ser un Mexicano puro necesitas saber a hablar espanol.
Translation—I did not know you were a Mexican too.  But if you want to be a genuine Mexican you have to learn to speak spanish.
When you wrote “como mierda,” I wasn’t sure what you meant.
“Como” in spanish means “how” but you got the word “mierda” correct which all spanish speakers know means “excrement,” a nice word for sh———t. So you wrote “how is my excrement.”  I think you wanted to tell me to “eat excrement” but the spanish word for “eat” is from the verb, “comer.” So you have to conjugate the verb to the present tense and write “comes mierda” if you want to say “eat excrement.” Nice try anyway.  Good to read that you want to learn a second language to write your profanities—now you can curse in english and spanish. Your next step is to take a college course in race relations so you can better understand the society you live in.  Luv you bro.

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