Halloween night stabbing sends S. Paula juvenile to the hospital
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Police Department
Published: November 07, 2012
Santa Paula Police are asking for the public’s help in finding out who stabbed a boy on Halloween who was outside on a residential street in the midtown area of the city.
According to SPPD Sgt. Jimmy Fogata, the incident was reported October 31 at 8:50 p.m. when Santa Paula Hospital notified police they had a stabbing victim being treated in the Emergency Room.
When officers interviewed the male juvenile at the hospital he told police he had been involved in a “verbal and physical altercation” in the 200 block of North 5th Street. “During the altercation the juvenile received non-life threatening stab wounds,” and Fogata stated the victim was released from the hospital after his injuries were treated.
Detective Ken Clark said the 16-year-old victim, a resident of Santa Paula, had been outside “in the street near 5th and Santa Paula streets” when he was attacked. Clark said friends took the unidentified victim to the Emergency Room.
“We are still investigating the suspect, and we believe it is one suspect,” noted Clark, who is handling the investigation with the SPPD Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Clark at the Santa Paula Police Department, 525-4474 x 277.
If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-4253-1-#. Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website, www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can be eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.