press release - 01171702

Public Assistance Requested to Locate Suspect Responsible for Violent Attack on Goleta Man





The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in an attempted murder case that occurred on January 17, 2017 in the City of Goleta.  In that case, a 49-year-old Goleta resident was found bleeding from the head with stab wounds at the corner of Sonoma Avenue and Calle Real.  The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. 


At around 9:20 a.m. yesterday, February 2, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office received information that there was a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the 4200 block of Calle Real.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle and the driver, 51-year-old Edward Jesus Garcia of Goleta.  Garcia was suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance and detained. 


Detectives from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and through further investigation, located evidence and information linking Garcia to the crime.  The victim and the suspect were familiar with one another.  The motivation for the attack is still under investigation.  Garcia was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for attempted murder and is being held on one million dollars bail. 



Goleta - January 17th, 2017


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance to locate the suspect responsible for stabbing a Goleta man and striking him with a dangerous weapon.  The attack occurred just before 2:00 p.m. today at Calle Real and Sonoma Avenue in the City of Goleta.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of two male subjects fighting in the street.  Santa Barbara County Fire Department and American Medical Response personnel responded as well.

When deputies arrived, they located a 49-year-old male bleeding from the head with a stab wound. The suspect had fled the scene in possibly a dark colored Toyota Solara or Honda Civic style vehicle.  Sheriff’s deputies recovered several weapons at the scene but were not able to locate the suspect.  The victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition.  It is unclear at this time whether the victim and suspect knew each other prior to the incident or what motivated the attack.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his forties, approximately 5’7” tall with a medium build and a shaved or bald head.  He was reportedly wearing a dark colored tank top and shorts.  The suspect was last seen possibly driving a dark colored Toyota Solara or Honda Civic style vehicle with damage to the driver’s side headlight and hood.  If you have any information that would assist investigators, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724 or to leave an anonymous tip call 805-681-4171.

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