Transient Arrested for Attempted Murder in Santa Barbara
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On Friday, January 8, 2020 at approximately 9:15 P.M., the Santa Barbara Police Department was dispatched to the Amtrak Station on a report of a battery-in-progress.
Officers found a transient male in medical distress and started to provide aid until Santa Barbara Fire and medics arrived.
Police quickly associated another transient male, Steve Laurence Malec, age 50, in connection to the violent assault that had just occurred.
The victim was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries consistent with a violent battery.
Malec was arrested and charged with assault with force causing great bodily harm, attempted murder and mayhem. He is in Santa Barbara County Jail. Bail is set at over $1M.
The investigation remains ongoing.