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Arrest made following stabbing death of man in Santa Barbara

Police say both men had gang ties
Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 23, 2020

An arrest has been made in connection with the stabbing death of a man over the weekend in Santa Barbara, police say.

Santa Barbara police say investigators arrested Juan Carlos Mendez, 24, Wednesday evening and later served search warrants on the 800 block of Cheltenham Road and the 3900 block of Via Diego.

After responding to 911 calls, police found William Pule-Valle, 24, stabbed on the 1000 block of Olive Street in the early-morning hours Saturday.

He died a short time later.

“Both Mendez and Valle had histories of Eastside gang association,” police said on Thursday.

Mendez was booked on murder and other charges and is being held in Santa Barbara County Jail without bail.