Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

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Update by edhat staff
4:00 p.m., August 27, 2019

Santa Barbara Police arrested a man under the influence of drugs for stabbing a woman at Ortega Park early Tuesday morning.

At 4:43 a.m., officers responded to a call of a bloody female down on the ground near the intersection of Quarantina and Ortega Streets.

A woman was found with stab wounds and was transported to the hospital. She is expected to survive.

Detectives investigated the assault with a deadly weapon and determined this was not a random attack but rather the involved parties were known to one another. Detectives served a search warrant at the crime scene and located additional evidence, according to Public Information Officer Anthony Wagner.

After lengthy follow-up interviews at the police department and hospital, suspect Emelio Hernandez, age 43, was booked for 245 PC (assault with a deadly weapon), 11550(a) H&S (under the influence of meth), 11378 H&S (possession for sales of meth), and 529 PC (false government documents). 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
6:00 a.m., August 27, 2019

Overnight stabbing of a Female victim in Ortega Park. I caught the tail end of the investigation, Police are interviewing witnesses for a Code 245pc: Assault with a deadly weapon. There are barricades up and it sounds like limited access to the park.

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MyHonorStudentB Aug 28, 2019 04:29 AM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

Hey trolls and readers, wtf have we come to when we call human beings "transients"? Subatomic particles are "transient" they degrade in a split second.

Everyone dies at some point so guess we're all "transients".

Or, to put it nicely, "all the worlds is a stage..." etcetera.

Ryan93105 Aug 28, 2019 08:33 PM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

Whatever the people who object to a certain label should dictate that we address them as, I went and did a search on "california homelessness" and all the videos were long, and from many months ago. Does anyone have any idea how to find a recent video that surely shows that the situation has improved by our local and state leaders?

a-1567042362 Aug 28, 2019 06:32 PM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

Except drifters move on. These are vagrants and bad 'uns beyond redemption. And I write "beyond redemption" because their brains are fried from all their drugs and alcohol. They are lost souls.

a-1566951812 Aug 27, 2019 05:23 PM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

Is this the same Emelio Hernandez who was a standout soccer player from SBHS who was offered several scholarships to major universities (including UCSB and Westmont)? If so, he was a sweet kid who must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.

a-1567051963 Aug 28, 2019 09:12 PM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

When you use google to search someone by name, you need to enter their name correctly. Do not enter the name with incorrect spelling because the search results won't be what you actually want.

PitMix Aug 28, 2019 03:14 PM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

The downvotes are because of the assumption that this guy with a common name must be the star soccer player who has fallen from grace. Without any supporting facts. If you google his name you can find a bunch of emilio's out there, some of whom also played soccer. If you can't say anything nice, then........

biguglystick Aug 28, 2019 10:19 AM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

I don't understand the 6 down votes on that comment. Everyone was a sweet kid at some point in their early lives. Homeless people are down on their luck for many reasons, all of them sad. Lots of people take wrong turns, including those in power, just LOOK at today's GOP! It's rife with criminals. The only difference is they have money and (most of them) don't have substance abuse problems.

a-1566946635 Aug 27, 2019 03:57 PM
Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman at Ortega Park

The victim, a female transient, was taken by AMR ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where she was reported to be in surgery, Wagner said.
Her name and details on her condition were not available.
After obtaining a search warrant and locating additional evidence, officers arrested Emelio Hernandez, 43, a transient, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, being under the influence of methamphetamine, possession for sales of methamphetamine, and possession of fake government documents.

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