SPPD: Stabbed man reports crime at drive thru window at local eatery

May 22, 2013
Santa Paula Police Department

Santa Paula Police are looking for the suspect in an early Saturday morning stabbing where the victim sought help from those working the window at a 24-hour drive-thru restaurant.

According to Santa Paula Police Det. Sgt. Wally Boggess, the incident occurred Saturday, May 18 at approximately 4 a.m. “Officers were dispatched to Jack in the Box,” located at the southwest corner of Palm Avenue and Harvard Boulevard, “in reference to a stabbing that had just occurred.”

Boggess said upon arrival on scene, officers “came into contact with the victim seated outside the restaurant,” who they found had two stab wounds to the torso. The victim, a 52-year-old male resident of  Santa Paula, told officers he was accosted by a subject outside the eatery and “After he was stabbed he asked the personnel working in the drive-thru to call 9-1-1... and they did.”

Santa Paula Fire EMTs and AMR Ambulance paramedics treated the man on scene before he was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which Boggess said were not considered life threatening. 

The victim described the suspect as a male Hispanic, approximately 6 feet tall weighing about 180 pounds. The investigation is continuing, and Boggess asked that anyone who might have some information call Det. Michael Hoppin, 805-525-4474 ext. 287. 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). The caller may remain anonymous and the call is not recorded. 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. Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and criminal complaint against those responsible for crime.

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