Suspect Arrested in Santa Maria Homicide Memorial Weekend

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Update by Santa Maria Police Department
June 9, 2021

The victim in this homicide has been identified as 38-year-old Rafael Santos Toribio, a Santa Maria resident.  

During the investigation, detectives gathered evidence that led to the identity of the alleged suspect, Fernando Cervantes Camarillo (photograph attached), an 18-year-old Santa Maria resident.  On Monday, June 7th, 2021, at about 2328 hours, Camarillo was arrested at his home for murder and subsequently booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $2,000,000.00.  

Based on the investigation thus far, it appears Camarillo, and others, physically assaulted the victim during a dispute.  It is alleged that during the altercation, Camarillo shot the victim which resulted in his death.  At this point, gang involvement has not been determined and it is still under investigation. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call the Santa Maria Police Department at (805)928-3781, ext. 2277 or the tip line at (805)928-3781, ext. COPS (2677).  

Source: Santa Maria Police Department
May 31, 2021

On Sunday, May 30, 2021, at about 10:00 PM, Santa Maria Police Officers were dispatched to a reported shooting in the area of Boone and Curryer.  Upon arrival, officers located a male subject lying in the the street with an apparent gunshot wound.  Medical personnel arrived on scene and transported him to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The initial investigation revealed the subject engaged in an altercation with a group of people.  During the altercation, a subject produced a weapon and shot the victim.  At this time, there isn't any suspect information available.  

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.  Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 805-928-3781 ext. 2277 or they can call our tip line at 805-928-3781, ext. COPS (2677).

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CoastWatch May 31, 2021 09:18 AM
Suspect Arrested in Santa Maria Homicide Memorial Weekend

The Cartels are here. The murders in Santa Maria prove it without a doubt. The FBI does NOTHING and the Homeland Security force has been neutered by the Media... The murders will continue in the name of political correctness and WOKENESS

ChillinGrillin May 31, 2021 02:08 PM
Suspect Arrested in Santa Maria Homicide Memorial Weekend

In what completely insane alternate reality do federal agencies not pursue cartels because of "political correctness?" That's just false. Right wingers are basically living in a fictional pretend world now.

CoastWatch May 31, 2021 06:58 PM
Suspect Arrested in Santa Maria Homicide Memorial Weekend


172,331 that the Border Patrol CAUGHT in MARCH alone.... We are 5 months in - Do the math PAL.

CoastWatch May 31, 2021 08:36 PM
Suspect Arrested in Santa Maria Homicide Memorial Weekend

Proof that locals in Santa Maria have pretty much shut down the ICE Facility in town which was built to take prisoners that were here illegally... Now the Cartel/Drug Gangs are running rampant and murdering - 5 this year already...

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