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Man Facing Attempted-Murder Charge in Cousin’s Stabbing

David Aviles
David Perez Aviles

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested on an attempted murder charge following a downtown stabbing that occurred last week, leaving one man hospitalized.

David Perez Aviles, 24, of Santa Barbara is accused of attempted murder involving an Oct. 29 incident in which a victim was found on the 800 block of Bath Street suffering from multiple life-threatening stab wounds, according to Sgt. Riley Harwood of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

An investigation revealed that the two men are cousins and live together in a home on the 200 block of West De la Guerra Street.

Harwood said an argument took place between the two men, after which Aviles allegedly stabbed the victim repeatedly to the abdomen in the front yard of their residence. 

"The victim then walked to a neighboring residence on the 800 block of Bath Street and asked the occupants to call the police," Harwood said.

The victim, a 31-year-old man, remains hospitalized, and he is expected to survive, Harwood said.

Last Friday, detectives from the Santa Barbara Police Department observed Aviles leaving his residence at 12:15 p.m., when he was contacted and arrested.

Following his arrest, a search warrant was served at his home. Investigators do not believe this is a gang incident, but the investigation is ongoing, Harwood said.

Aviles was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail set at $500,000.

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