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Suspect Arrested in Attempted Murder West of Goleta

Victim remains in coma after attack last week. Motive unknown.

One Goleta Man In Coma, Another Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder

One man is in a coma and another is in jail on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident last week left the injured man lying unconscious in a roadway and bleeding profusely from the head, authorities said Monday.

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Alberto Moreno (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department photo)

Responding to a call around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies found Jose Luis Mora Ramirez, 26, of Goleta, lying in the area of Calle Real and Farren Road west of Goleta. Ramirez, who had a faint pulse, was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he remained in a coma as of Monday afternoon, deputies said.

An investigation led to the arrest of 33-year-old Alberto Moreno of the Goleta area.

“The vicious attack occurred the evening prior and without remorse,” sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Tipolt, a department spokesman, said in a statement. “Alberto Moreno left Jose Luis Mora Ramirez to die after the attack.”

Deputies say they deciphered the victim’s identity by interviewing a rancher in the area who had hired Ramirez as a worker. The rancher told them that Ramirez’s absence was unusual.

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