Steve Laurence Malec

Steve Laurence Malec

A Santa Barbara man is accused of attempted-murder and other charges stemming from an attack that occurred last last week at the Amtrak station.

Steve Laurence Malec, 50, was arrested in connection an assault that was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, according to Anthony Wagner, a Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman.

Officers responding to a report of a battery in progress “found a transient male in medical distress, and started to provide aid until Santa’s Barbara fire and medics arrived,” Wagner said.

Officers quickly identified Malec as a suspect in the attack, and took him into custody.

Malec, who police identified as a transient, was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with force causing great bodily harm, and mayhem, Wagner said.

His bail was set at $1 million, and he remained in custody on Monday.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered “injuries consistent with a violent battery,” Wagner said.

He was taken by AMR ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Details on his condition were not available.

Investigation into the incident was continuing, Wagner said.

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