Santa Maria Man Arrested for Attempted Murder with a Machete

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

On Saturday, 5/28/22 shortly after 1:00 am, SMPD Dispatch began receiving multiple calls of a fight on the 300 block east Monroe.  Responding officers arrived and located a victim in the street who had sustained multiple lacerations caused by a machete.  The 24-year-old male victim was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center by ambulance, then to Cottage Hospital via Calstar. The victim’s current condition is unknown.

Officers located additional evidence of the crime and were able to detain multiple people leaving the area.  Detectives along with Crime Lab personnel responded and assisted in the investigation.  After numerous interviews with witnesses the suspect was identified, and the weapon used in the assault was located in the vicinity. 

The suspect, Jesus Espinoza Irazqui, 24 years of age a resident of Santa Maria, was arrested and booked for Attempted Murder.  Irazqui was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail of 2,000,000.

SMPD Detectives are continuing to work the investigation and ask anyone with information to contact them at (805) 928-3781 X2277.

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