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UPDATE: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office arrest 5 juveniles in connection to a pair of March assaults

Posted at 7:46 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 05:49:12-04

UPDATE (9:41 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office served two more search warrants in connection to assaults that occurred in March.

On Friday, March 6th, deputies responded to reports of a violent assault at the 5700 block of Hollister Avenue in Goleta around 7:45 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they found a 14-year-old who had severe injuries including several lacerations to his head. The victim was treated at an area hospital.

Deputies also found a second victim who had minor injuries.

According to officials, the suspects used weapons such as hammers, bats, pipes and a machete to attack the victims. The suspects of the assault fled the scene.

Later that same evening, at 9:42 p.m., deputies responded to the 4500-block of Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria to investigate another reported fight involving a group of males.

It was determined by officials that the same group of suspects were connected to both assaults and used the same weapons.

On March 31, 2020 detectives served two search warrants in the City of Santa Barbara and arrested three juvenile suspects.

On Tuesday, April 14th, detectives served an two additional search warrants in the City of Santa Barbara and arrested two additional juvenile suspects.

All five suspects were booked at the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall for attempted murder, attempted murder in association with a criminal street gang, conspiracy to commit attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and personal infliction of great bodily injury.

UPDATE (8:15 p.m.) - The shelter-in-place order for Goleta has been lifted.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has completed the operation that activated the order, according to their twitter.


ORIGINAL STORY (7:46 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is telling residents in Goleta near Stow Grove Park to "shelter in place".

Santa Barbara police spokesman Anthony Wagner said the department is issuing a high risk felony search warrant in the area.

Officials said Santa Barbara Police are in charge of the investigation and sheriff's deputies are assisting.

This is a developing story, check back later for details.