Nov 7, 2013 4:08 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted in connection with a stabbing and high speed chase.
The stabbing happened just after midnight on Wednesday outside of the Chumash Casino. The Sheriff's Office says the victim, a man from Nipomo, was stabbed several times and his wallet and cell phone were stolen.
The Sheriff's Office says detectives later located the suspects driving a stolen vehicle in the Santa Maria area. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued onto Highway 101 and led officers on a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
The pursuit was called off due to public safety concerns when the vehicle exited Highway 101 at 4th Street in Pismo Beach. Sheriff's officials say the driver continued into Grover Beach, where the vehicle hit a parked car at 4th Street and Park View. They say the man and woman inside then took off running.
Officers found and arrested Cherie Rodriguez, 29, of Arroyo Grande, but the other suspect, Osvaldo Hernandez, 35, of Santa Maria is still on the loose.
Sheriff's officials say Hernandez is a documented gang member with a history of violence. He is reportedly on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.
If you see Hernandez, you are encouraged to call 911. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can also call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detectives Bureau at (805) 934-6170 or leave an anonymous tip by calling (805) 681-4171.
Rodriguez faces charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
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