Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Goleta man for an attempted murder hours after the crime occurred. On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at approximately 8:12 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the first block of south Kellogg Avenue along with fire and medics for a stabbing that had just occurred. When deputies arrived, they learned that the suspect had fled the area and the adult male victim had been stabbed several times in the upper torso. The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Deputies along with County Air Support and a K9 unit conducted a thorough search of the area for the suspect but did not locate him in the immediate vicinity. Sheriff’s detectives quickly began an investigation into the identity and location of the suspect. Through their investigation, detectives identified the suspect as 41-year-old Rafael Castro Jr. of Goleta and learned that he was familiar with the victim. Detectives tracked Castro to the 100-block of Orange Avenue where he was taken into custody at approximately 11:14 a.m. without further incident. When detectives searched Castro, they found an un-serialized “Ghost” gun on his person.

Castro was booked at the Main Jail for attempted murder (felony), felon in possession of a firearm (felony), and prohibited possession of ammunition (felony). He is being held on $1,000,000 bail. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.

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SBAllmylife May 19, 2022 08:05 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

No mention of K-9 in the article?...
First line, second paragraph.

Deputies along with County Air Support and a K9 unit conducted a thorough search of the area for the suspect but did not locate him in the immediate vicinity.

Gimli May 18, 2022 11:50 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

Time to bring back penal colonies for criminals like this guy and have them serve life sentences. Is Devil's Island open on the real estate market? Would be a good place to send all criminals from state prisons for life and no chance of escaping. If too crowded, then find another island(s) with high cliffs and and powerful waves pounding hard below on the sharp rocks. And no chance of escaping.

Golffoxtrotyankee May 17, 2022 07:47 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

Sacjon my Assumption would be if he’s a felon in possession of a firearm with no serial number it’s been scratched or altered. Hopefully he gets some serious time for that on top of his other offenses. As for the doggy they were probably using for tracking. Glad they caught him! Great work SBSO

Golffoxtrotyankee May 17, 2022 07:08 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

The lack of a serial number does not render the firearm illegal. Suppose there is a firearm which was manufactured POST October 22, 1968. If the serial number has been removed or altered it renders the firearm illegal. So old guns and homemade guns do not need serial numbers but I believe the ghost gun bill is going to make it that you have to get a serial number on homemade guns through a ffl. Overall, if a gun is not an antique and was not handmade prior to mid-2018, then it should have a valid serial number. Under California Penal Code 12090 (PC), anyone who damages, alters or removes a serial number could be charged with a felony, punishable by time in state prison.

sacjon May 18, 2022 05:28 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

DOULIE - makes sense. I was just thinking like when you "undo" or "uninvite" or "untie" or "unsubscribe" etc etc you are removing that existed. So, by that thought process, "un-serialized" I took to mean it was once serialized, and then it wasn't.

edney May 17, 2022 07:38 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

ghost gun are unserialized in the sense that a serial number would have generated from the feds then engraved and registered. The ghost gun software does not generate and engrave a valid federal serial number. Stolen weapons are de-serial numbered in the sense that the engraved federal number that registers that exact weapon to that exact buyer has been removed. In the future "ghost guns" that lawful owners build and register, but are then stolen, will have those numbers ground off by criminals

edney May 17, 2022 05:52 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

SacJon
I'm pro life, accept CA abortion laws, think owning a gun is a @A right, but know we have to figure out Ghost Guns
Federal law has always allowed private eligible (no felony etc) citizens to make their own guns and they did not have to put a serial number on it unless sold or transferred. This was not a problem for centuries, but technology like CNC mills, 3D printers and the open source software to drive them to make guns became ubiquitous recently and quickly reached a tipping point. The most well known company is the aptly named "Ghost Gunner" and they won a court battle that says the software is not illegal to possess or distribute, you can download it for free from 10000's of sites. You can run the software off a website and never download it if you are worried. The genie was out of the bottle in 2014. There is a very very very limited market from legit gun owners for a plastic gun, but a large lucrative market for these to criminals, so of course some people are going to make money by buying a mill or 3d printer, some raw materials and fire it up in the garage and sell to gangsters. Demand met by supply.

edney May 17, 2022 05:27 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

A ghost gun is different from an altered gun. An altered gun has a serial number put onto the gun by a licensed manufacturer that has been ground off, or otherwise removed. A ghost gun is manufactured directly by the end user and by law needs no serial number unless it is sold or transfered to someone else. Problem is that if you are a felon, you cannot possess a gun even if you make it yourelf. Also you may need to prove you made the firearm yourself. My guess is these are preferred because carrying a stolen weapon, or an altered weapon is a larger sentence than possession of a unserialized firearm.
They need to fix that.
Anyone with a CNC mill and some software can make a piece of aluminum and a parts kit into a working firearm. Same goes for anyone with a 3D printer, some software in your want to go plastic

SBStoner May 31, 2022 09:01 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

So wait… you are saying criminals looking to illegally acquire firearms will get a mill, learn to use it, get aluminum stock, and make 10 “high quality glock knockoffs” for a fair price, all while taking a nap? Haha. Nice one.

A hot gun sells for $300. A ghost gun kit for less than 5. The files and a dremmel are all a competent person needs. If you don’t trust your craftsmanship then that’s fine, but don’t go assuming that other people can’t pull it off. Speaking from experience, those kits are plenty reliable. Not sure if you are paid promoting the GG3 mill or something but you come off as a total patsy or internet troll, and we have time for neither.

edney May 18, 2022 07:40 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

Ghost Gunner is selling their aluminum block AR15 GG3 mill for $2500
The one for a glock using a 80% complete lower is $1200. An 80% lower is a semi finished piece of aluminum that is solid aluminum in the magazine well and the trigger and feed areas, plus a few holes for safeties, bolts, mag release buttons that need to be milled and drilled.
I've shot one of these out on a friends ranch in Colorado and it functioned perfectly.

If I was feeling mean spirited, actually might even encourage criminals to shoot ghost guns made with a hand drill and a file. They'd probably lose an eye and some fingers

edney May 18, 2022 07:25 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

I wouldn't shoot ammunition through that gun you describe. If it didn't jam, it might blow up. Stolen firearms sell for good money. You can buy a CNC mill with all the end mills and bits, software, parts kits and some aluminum blocks to make 10 high quality Glock knock offs and let the machine do the work while you take a nap... and that would cover the machine costs.

SBStoner May 18, 2022 03:52 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

Edney - unfortunately it’s much simpler than needing a CNC mill. Try a hand drill, a file and some part kits purchased easily online.

For as little as $300 and some labor someone can make an unregistered firearm, Glock model. That’s the same price many stolen guns go for.

yin yang May 17, 2022 04:27 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

Of course I'm pleased that a suspect was arrested, and hope the victim heals well.
But --
The source of this report is the Sheriff's office. It seems to be a press release. There is zero mention of the role of the dog in the photos.

This is blatant pandering that I resent.

doulie May 18, 2022 04:58 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

Ying Yang - The Sheriff's report is, in fact, a "press release." In part, this "press release" reported the K-9 assisted in conducting a thorough search. Who is the sheriff " pandering" to?
It seems all the K-9 did was assist as deputies, who, through their investigation found the suspect

yin yang May 17, 2022 06:17 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

4:44, I agree. It's both information and selling Sheriff Brown.

I meant to say the dog photo is just a selling point. No mention of how a K-9 unit helped in the pursuit or arrest. Just an emotional reach -- an effective one.

yin yang May 17, 2022 06:12 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

The Sheriff's press release is using a dog photo, which is effective advertising. There is no mention of a K-9 unit in the press release. That's what makes it pandering, to the public, in support of the department and therefore its boss.

JB86 May 17, 2022 05:57 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Goleta

It has been illegal for years to alter or obliterate a serial number on a firearm (PC23900), and a felony, but possession of an unmarked or altered gun has been a Misdemeanor (PC23200). I suspect the new law would make possession of a 'Ghost Gun' a felony, maybe a new PC provision. Not that such would matter to a guy like this suspect, convicted felon.

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