Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On December 10, 2019, at approximately 2:16 PM, Officers responded to a call of a battery that had just occurred in the 00 Block E Mission St.

The involved victim was described as an elderly male. The suspect was described as previously assaulting the male victim and was last seen walking east on Mission St and being followed by a witness.

Officers located the suspect, Santa Barbara resident Josue E. Torres, age 21, who was non-compliant.

Officers then contacted two victims, a man in his seventies and a woman in her sixties.

The summary of the events are as follows:

The suspect attempted to gain entry to a residence.

An assault ensued outside the home and police were called. Evidence indicated that Torres attempted to strangle the elderly male victim and picked up the female victim and began to carry her.

The elderly man sustained injuries serious enough to be transported to Cottage Hospital. The female victim also sustained injuries but did not wish to go to the hospital.

Torres was arrested and booked at County Jail on the following charges:

664/187 PC Attempt Homicide
207 PC Kidnapping
368 PC Elder Abuse
459 PC Burglary
3056 PC Parole Violation

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a-1576452950 Dec 15, 2019 03:35 PM
Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

DEC 15, 2019 07:56 AM Your comment falls under the category "Pollyanna Principle:" ###########"The Pollyanna principle (also called Pollyannaism or positivity bias) is the tendency for people to remember pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant ones." (Wikipedia) Which also means you need to take off the rose-colored glasses, my dear.

a-1576428643 Dec 15, 2019 08:50 AM
Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

Through some quick research I found out he raped a women at a gas station he worked at in 2016. I also found another case filed 2 years later in late 2018 called Jane Doe vs Josue E Torres. Could be a different case, but it could've been a civil suit related to the 2016 case. Judging by the way hes smiling in his mugshot it seems like he could be suffering from mental health issues. Seems like a dangerous guy who probably shouldn't be let back into society, especially with multiple violent crimes so early in his life.

a-1576435080 Dec 15, 2019 10:38 AM
Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

I am appalled at the comment “ hopefully it’s drug related and not his normal mentality”, really?! This was a violent crime and there is no excuse. Those who carry out these kinds of crime already have issues regardless of drug use. To find out this guy is a rapist on probation for a crime that only happened 3 years ago is sickening. Rape is a violent crime. This guy should still be in jail. Rapists and child molersters are not reformable. Throw away the key.

Roger Dec 15, 2019 10:51 AM
Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

The mental health association has been calling sex offenders mentally ill for years now there are half way houses and hospitals attempting to cure sex offenders. Some of these homes are here in Santa Barbara.

a-1576443885 Dec 15, 2019 01:04 PM
Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

He’s smiling because he knows our laws are weak and he’ll be out again in no time to commit more crimes. In my opinion, he needs a good ass-kicking and run out of town.

jqb Dec 15, 2019 02:39 PM
Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide of Elderly Couple

He's not smiling, he just has his lips parted. Snapshots are a frozen moment in time and, if taken while in the middle of movement, can be very misleading. (Political propagandists love to extract frames out of videos that make their opponents look bad.) Which is not to excuse this guy at all, just to inject some intellectual honesty.

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