Two Men Arrested for Stabbing Three People on State Street
Daniel Medina and Juan Rios / SBPD
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On Saturday, February 03, 2018, at approximately 11:57 P.M., Santa Barbara Police Dispatch received numerous 911 calls reporting a fight in progress in the 600 block of State Street. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with numerous stab wounds to his upper body which were severe enough to require immediate medical treatment at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Within fifteen minutes, two additional men arrived at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room with numerous stab wounds. All three victims reported being stabbed during the same incident on State Street.
Physical evidence, video recordings, and witness statements revealed that a man and his niece were in a bar downtown when an argument ensued between the two of them and a group described as local gang members. Fearing for their safety, the man and his niece immediately left the bar and began walking north on State Street. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to defuse the situation and several members of the group followed them, challenging them to fight. One of the suspects punched the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground, and then attacked the man. Two nearby citizens witnessed this attack and rushed to the aid of the two victims. The good Samaritans were able to cause the attackers to flee, but not before the original male victim and both of the men helping him sustained multiple stab wounds. Police were able to identify the two primary attackers and obtained warrants for their arrest.
On Tuesday, February 06, 2018, detectives located and arrested both suspects on these warrants. Daniel Medina (23 years) was arrested for 245PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and 186.22PC, Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. Juan Rios (21 years) was arrested for 664/187PC, Attempted Murder, and 186.22PC, Participation in a Criminal Street Gang.
- February 3, 2018 - Police Close Section of State Street