Man Severely Injured in Ortega Park Stabbing
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
Park Fight Ends in Stabbing -- Investigation Yields Quick Arrest
On Monday morning at 3:36 A.M., Santa Barbara Police were dispatched to a fight-in-progress at Ortega Park involving four subjects.
Officers located a stabbing victim, identified as a male in his forties. He suffered multiple stab wounds and was transported by medics to Cottage Hospital. The wounds were considered life-threatening.
The male victim relayed to responding Officers that he saw a group of males vandalizing an area of the park. He asked the group to leave the park. The group responded with profanity and verbally affiliated themselves with a criminal street gang.
The victim was attacked by the males and stabbed. The suspects then fled. The victim was thorough in providing a detailed description of the suspects.
Less than an hour later, a 14-year-old juvenile attempted to check in at Cottage Hospital with a severe laceration to his hand.
Santa Barbara Police Department’s Investigative Unit culled through evidence at the crime scene and determined there were several pieces of evidence linking the juvenile to the crime at the park.
The juvenile was subsequently arrested and charged with attempted murder with a felony gang enhancement.
The investigation remains on-going.