Two Suspects Arrested for Over a Dozen Charges on Thanksgiving Morning

Update by the edhat staff
November 27, 2023

Two Santa Maria men have been arrested for attempted murder and numerous other charges following a shooting on Thanksgiving morning.

On Thursday, November 23, 2023, at approximately 8:38 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1300-block of Ellwood Ranch Road in Santa Barbara for a report of a shooting.

The initial report received on Thanksgiving morning revealed a shooting with two arrests and no injuries, but no further information was available.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has now released more information on the incident. When deputies were responding to a reported shooting from a vehicle, the suspects fled in a vehicle towards Cathedral Oaks Road.

Shortly thereafter, a Sheriff deputy spotted the suspected vehicle in the 7000 block of Hollister Avenue and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver evaded deputies after leading them on a brief pursuit. The pursuit came to an end when the driver collided with the sidewalk, and two occupants fled on foot.

Deputies arrested both suspects, later identified as 37-year-old Alejandro Maldonado and 31-year-old Edgar Bribiesca-Puga, both residents of Santa Maria.

Inside the suspects’ vehicle, deputies discovered items stolen from the Ellwood Ranch Road residence. Additionally, a handgun, identified as an un-serialized .40 caliber “ghost” gun, used in the shooting was recovered.

Both suspects were booked at the Main Jail for felonies including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, conspiracy, grand theft, and burglary as well as misdemeanor charges of obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, vandalism, and possession of burglary tools.

Maldonado was booked on the additional felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon – not a firearm, driver allowing a firearm to be discharged from a vehicle, evading, and driving the wrong way while evading along with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway. Maldonado is being held without bail for a violation of probation.

Bribiesca-Puga was booked on additional felony charges of shooting at a person from a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of an un-serialized firearm. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail.


Thanksgiving Day Shooting Arrest in Goleta Foothills

By the edhat staff
November 24, 2023

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, involving a shooting.

Details are unknown at this time, but the incident took place in the 1300 block of Ellwood Ranch Road around 8:30 a.m., reports the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

There were no injuries.

The identities and pending charges of the two individuals have yet to be disclosed.

This is a developing story.

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    • Seems the Sheriff is mum on this one. I remember hearing that it’s connected to a larger investigation for something more criminal so they’re not giving out all the info yet. We may hear more in the next few weeks.

            • VOICE – lol….. really? A “big assumption?” What do you think was an “assumption?”

              Did you read the words in the article? Here, let me help you….. again:

              “deputies were responding to a reported shooting from a vehicle”

              “Maldonado was booked on the additional felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon – not a firearm, driver allowing a firearm to be discharged from a vehicle…..”

              “Bribiesca-Puga was booked on additional felony charges of shooting at a person from a vehicle…..”

              Using the most minimal amount of reason and common sense, the shots were fired from a car. My urging people that you want to arm themselves to not shoot at a car in a residential area is pretty on target.

              How is this stuff so darn difficult for you?

              • I don’t understand why you are always arguing with people but to clarify the incident was on a semi-rural area. It does take the sheriff a bit of time to get to some of those properties so sometimes, yeah, you might have to defend yourself. Kind of a sad world we live in these days.

                • It’s indicative of the mentality here, Goleta Observer, when a post saying people should be prepared to protect themselves and their family, even here in SB as evident by this incident, gets so many downvotes and an argument from the resident EdScold.

                  • VOICE – cute name. So, what “argument?” YOU are the one who said I made a “big assumption.” I simply defended and explained my statement. Something I’ve never seen you do here and don’t expect you to with this comment either.

                    Keep picking fights, refusing to back your claims, running away and name calling. You’re the resident pro at that.

                • GOLETA – How am I arguing? I’m simply defending my statement that people shouldn’t shoot at cars, especially in an area where there are other houses and people in the area, and even more so if they’re driving away. Sorry this bothers you, but I’m not a fan of shooting at cars as they’re driving away, which is what this sounded like.

    • Uh…… they’re in jail now. Also, based on the facts here, only one was a convicted felon, not “felons.” And even so, should all felonies be life in prison? I mean, every time a repeat felon commits a crime, people like you start screaming about how they should have still been in jail. In America, not all felonies are life terms.

  1. Hey Sacjon, your views on how convicted criminals are to betreated with “kid gloves” shows how twisted and unjust California is with regard to crime. Criminals know there are very little in the way of consequences when “getting caught” in our State due to “progressive voters” like you and George Soros supported candidates that have made our State a “One-Party-State” of insanity.

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