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Investigators release names of victims, suspect in Orcutt triple homicide

Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 29, 2018

UPDATE (5:31 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released the names of three homicide victims and the person suspected of killing them inside an Orcutt home.

Investigators say the suspect was David Gerald McNabb, 43, of Orcutt. They say the victims include his sister, Nicole McNabb, 34, of Orcutt, his mother Melanie McNabb, 64 of Orcutt, and Carlos Echavarria, 63, of Orcutt.

The Sheriff’s Office says David McNabb previously worked for their agency as a custody deputy from July of 2001 to March of 2012, when he voluntarily resigned.

David McNabb
David McNabb (Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


Deputies say he was arrested by Oxnard police in September of 2012 and booked at the Ventura County Jail. In May of 2014, he was convicted of felony domestic violence and sentenced to jail.

Investigators are still looking for a motive.

In a press release, the sheriff’s office said, “We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims who were so senselessly killed.”

Members of the Orcutt community were shocked to learn of the murders in their otherwise quiet, peaceful town.

“Very quiet, very congenial, everyone is very nice here,” Edward Crawford said.

Crawford described Orcutt as a small, tight knit community where he feels safe. That’s why he was stunned to hear about the murders.

“It makes me want to vomit. it’s disgusting, we just don’t have things like that happen here,” Crawford said.

Mike Carroll, who has lived in Orcutt for over 50 years, can only recall two murders and said his town of 35,000 is typically free of violence.

“It kind of threw me back this morning when I heard about it,” Carroll said.

Sharon Macken runs by the Oakhill neighborhood and couldn’t believe the news.

“That really surprises and shocks me that something like that would happen,” Macken said.

UPDATE (3:49 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says three people who were found deceased in a home in Orcutt had been stabbed and beaten to death.

Investigators say the identities of the victim and the suspect are being withheld until all family members have been notified.

The Sheriff’s Office says its preliminary investigation found all of the victims lived at the residence, which was in the 5900 block of Oakhill Drive.

In a press release, deputies said the victims “were brutally stabbed and beaten to death by the suspect, who also lived at the residence.”

Investigators are still looking for a motive.

The Sheriff’s Office says in addition to investigating the three murders, it is also conducting an officer-involved shooting investigation. Deputies used less lethal munitions to subdue the suspect Friday night, but they say the suspect was a threat and deputies eventually shot him. Paramedics tried to save him, but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

UPDATE (12:21 p.m.) – Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the victims and the suspect in Friday’s homicide in Orcutt knew each other and it was not a random attack.

Hoover did not specify what their relationship was with the suspect.

Law enforcement officers haven’t released the names of the three people who died or the suspect who died after he was shot by deputies.

Hoover says the investigation is still very active as of Saturday afternoon.

ORIGINAL STORY (8:33 a.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says a suspect who was shot by law enforcement and hospitalized has died.

Deputies say the situation first started around 8 p.m. Friday at a home in the 5900 block of Oakhill Road.

A woman called the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center and said she found a bloody scene inside her home. She told dispatch there was a victim covered in blood in a bathtub and that she had run out of the home and called for help.

Deputies arrived at the Oakhill Estates home and determined a person was inside who was armed with a rifle. An emergency notification was sent to people in Oakhill Estates asking them to shelter in place, and the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team and Hostage Negotiation Team were called in.

Investigators say they learned that there were additional people inside the house. Deputies went in to rescue those potential victims and made contact with the person who was armed. They say there was a confrontation, and deputies tried to use less lethal force, but eventually shot the suspect. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Deputies searched the home and found three other deceased people inside, which they believe to be homicide victims. Their names are not being released until next of kin is notified.

Investigators have not released the name of the person who was armed or said if there is any connection between him and the victims.

UPDATE: Suspect, three others killed in situation involving barricaded subject in Orcutt