Stabbing suspect sought after man receives life-threatening wound
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Police Department
Published: February 22, 2013
Santa Paula Police are investigating the stabbing of an area man whose girlfriend took him to an urgent care facility after he had been stabbed in the upper torso Wednesday.
According to SPPD Detective Allen Macias, the February 20 incident occurred shortly after 3:20 p.m. “Officers were dispatched to the report of a stabbing victim” at the Community Memorial Hospital Urgent Care located at 242 E. Harvard Blvd. Macias said the unidentified 25-year-old victim was so severely injured from the “possibly life-threatening” stab wound in the upper left torso area that he was “immediately” transported to the Ventura County Medical Center Trauma Unit.
The girlfriend of the victim who brought him to the urgent care had witnessed the attack on her boyfriend that actually occurred in the 600 block of Acacia Road. “The information we’re gathering is that there was a dispute with other residents of that area, an argument ensued and shortly thereafter the victim was stabbed.”
As of Thursday morning police could only confirm the victim was stabbed once in the upper torso, but Macias said, “Once we get the actual medical report we’ll know more.... And although unconfirmed, we understand the victim was in stable condition as of Wednesday evening.”
Macias said the attack is still being investigated, including whether or not the incident was gang related: “We’re not ruling that out yet,” he noted. Anyone with information is asked to contact Macias at (805) 525-4474 ext. 146, or Detective Hector Ramirez, (805) 525-4474 ext. 174.
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.