Detectives are searching for the person who assaulted a man with a deadly weapon earlier this week near the Santa Barbara Cemetery, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded shortly after 10 p.m. Monday to the 900 block of Channel Drive for a report of a medical emergency after an assault had occurred, said Raquel Zick, sheriff’s public information officer.

“Sheriff’s deputies and emergency call-takers spent approximately 20 minutes coordinating efforts to locate the victim amongst homeless encampments,” Zick said. “Deputies eventually located the adult male victim, who had serious injuries to the upper torso.”

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she said, adding that he was expected to recover.

The suspect remained outstanding Tuesday afternoon, she said.

The type of weapon used in the assault was not released.

Anyone with information that would assist investigators is asked to contact the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division by calling 805.681.4150. Information can be provided anonymously by calling the department’s tip line at 805.681.4171 or online at

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