SPPD: Gang member allegedly stabbed man with screwdriver
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 06, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
After a short pursuit and standoff, Santa Paula Police arrested an area gang member Wednesday who allegedly stabbed a handyman with a screwdriver after he found the victim changing the lock on his girlfriend’s door. According to SPPD Senior Officer Larry Johnson, the attacked occurred September 1, but wasn’t reported to the SPPD until the following day.
On September 4 at about 11:05 a.m. SPPD responded to the 100 block of East Ventura Street to find Alex Nunez, 32, a documented Santa Paula gang member who was “wanted for an assault with a deadly weapon. When patrol officers arrived on scene Nunez was inside his girlfriend’s residence and initially refused to come out,” and SPPD detectives and gang unit arrived on the scene to assist in surrounding the residence.
Johnson said, “After a short time Nunez jumped from a second story bedroom window and attempted to elude officers,” and following a brief foot pursuit through the apartment complex Nunez was located hiding under a stairwell. Johnson said Nunez continued to refuse to come out, “until officers requested a K-9. As soon as he heard a K-9 was coming he promptly gave up.”
Nunez’s arrest stemmed from a violent assault that occurred Sunday, September 1. Johnson said a handyman had been working on a neighboring apartment on the 100 block of East Ventura Street when Nunez’s girlfriend “asked him to change the lock on her front door.”
Police suspect the girlfriend was changing the door lock to keep Nunez out, and when he came upon the working handyman he assaulted him. “Nunez stabbed the handyman multiple times with a screwdriver and physically assaulted him, punching him the head and the face,” said Johnson.
The assault was intially reported to the Santa Barbara Police Department, who took a report and forwarded it to Santa Paula Police. The victim, said Johnson, “lives in Santa Barbar ... He just wanted to get the heck of out and go home” after he was attacked.
Santa Paula Police investigated the attack and received information Wednesday that Nunez was back at the girlfriend’s apartment. After his arrest Nunez was transported to Ventura County Jail.