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Stabbing Suspect Arrested
updated: Jan 31, 2013, 8:30 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

At 1:17 p.m. this afternoon, a victim who reported that he had just been stabbed alerted a passerby to call 911 for help. Sheriff's Deputies responded to the rear of CVS Pharmacy at the Turnpike Center where the victim was located. The victim suffered from a stab wound in the upper shoulder. Deputies determined the stabbing had just occurred at a homeless encampment located by the railroad tracks in an open area known as "Granny's Field" located behind the Turnpike Center.

Deputies determined the suspect was possibly hiding in the field and secured the area. They used resources from Patrol, Criminal Investigations, a Canine Unit and a County Aviation Unit. Two local nearby schools, El Camino and San Marcos High School, were placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure while they searched for the suspect. The lockdowns lasted approximately thirty minutes.

While searching the field, Deputies discovered another victim who had been hit in the head with a blunt object when he tried to intervene following the stabbing. The fight stemmed from a verbal dispute among a group of four transients living in the homeless encampment.

After a search of area, Sheriff's Detectives and Deputies found the suspect hiding in the homeless encampment and arrested him. The suspect has been identified as Luis Velasquez, DOB 11-19-1982. Velasquez was booked into the Santa Barbara County jail for a violation of California Penal Code section 245(a) (1), Assault with a Deadly Weapon, with bail set at $30,000.00

The victims were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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 COMMENT 369652 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 08:55 PM

We gott chose these crazy yoaches out of town.


 COMMENT 369716 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:11 AM

Homeless encampment a stones throw from two schools??? Kids walk to school passing nearby. What is wrong with this picture? Can't the sheriffs get their butts out of their cars and "investigate" these camps till they disappear?


 COMMENT 369718 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:17 AM

Free bed and food for his crime. No wonder he stabbed him. I would guess he's done this before. i would bet he's a NoHo, one who did no homework in school. No matter what your situation is in childhood, if you do a lot of homework in school, you'll always escape poverty and crime. A teacher friend of mine asked a 9th grade girl 3 years ago "why don't you do any of the homework"?, she answered "I don't need no homework, I'm gonna get married and make babies, same as my mom". Another dumb and lazy member of society in the making.


 COMMENT 369727 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:29 AM

That fuy is only 30? Living rough will really age you- makes sense, if your skin is outside in all weathers. This poor guy looks hungry, dirty and out of it! So many of us live paycheck to paycheck and one hurdle or stumbling block could trigger the shockingly FAST downward spiral that renders us without a home.


 COMMENT 369744 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:59 AM

Wow! My friends and I used to play in that area growing up. Sad to see it's now unsafe.


 COMMENT 369750 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:12 AM

AWWW for the "olden days" when Mrs. Childs had the transients gathered and encamped at the back of her estate near the tracks. You could see their fires at night if you looked in the right area as you drove by on highway 101.


 COMMENT 369776P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:39 AM

I just moved to this neighborhood because it is safer than where we were living on the Westside and because my kids would be safer to go out and play than before. I want these guys gone, I want my kids to be safe, I am paying a lot of money for them to have a safer childhood and I expect our local law enforcement to help us provide that. It's totally unacceptable to have this type of stuff going on so near schools!


 COMMENT 369779P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:40 AM

OOHLALA - don't feel sorry for him. Seriously - if you knew his background. Feel sorry for his grandmother and his kids and all the people he has used, abused and disappointed over the years.


 COMMENT 369787P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:50 AM

OOHLALA - don't feel sorry for him. Seriously - if you knew his background. Feel sorry for his grandmother and his kids and all the people he has used, abused and disappointed over the years.


 COMMENT 369969P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 01:53 PM

The property is owned by the Santa Barbara School District. They need to do something to make it safer


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