Thursday, September 4, 2008

Arrest made in assault of 58-year-old man


Santa Barbara police arrested two men who assaulted a 58-year-old local man on Tuesday after the attack was witnessed by an off-duty police officer.
Authorities received reports of the assault from witnesses near Cabrillo Boulevard and Calle Cesar Chavez at 7:01 p.m. on Tuesday and arrived to find medics treating the victim, Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte said.

The victim gave officers vague reasons for the attack, stating that it happened quickly, but did provide a description of the suspects, authorities said. Police searched the surrounding area and found both suspects nearby with the help of an off-duty officer who witnessed the assault.
Sgt. Duarte said Luis Cardenas, 25, attacked first, allegedly hitting the victim on the head. The second suspect, 42-year-old Juan Moreno Castillo, joined the fight and allegedly started punching the victim’s head and upper body, authorities said.
“The victim fell to the ground and Cardenas continued to punch the victim’s head and upper body,” Sgt. Duarte said in a news release. “Castillo stood over the victim and ‘stomped’ on the victim’s head several times with his foot.”
Sgt. Duarte said the victim lost consciousness during the assault. Medics took him to the hospital, where he was treated and released for abrasions, a protruding bump on his forehead, and an eye that had swollen shut, police said.
Police arrested both suspects, who are reportedly homeless, for felony battery. Officers also arrested Castillo for providing false information to a peace officer after he initially gave a fake name and date of birth.
Sgt. Duarte said the off-duty officer who saw the assault did not have his cell phone with him, but noticed other people calling police. He assisted during the investigation and provided descriptions of the suspects prior to their arrest.


Anonymous said...

I walked by that spot not ten minutes earlier. I wish I would have witnessed this for myself. I would have beat those two mexican losers myself. send them back to the third world they deserve to live in. USA does not need these types of people here.

Anonymous said...

Hell YA..I would have done the same.
I don't have a problem with Mexicans..but I have a problem with people who decrease my town.

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Anonymous said...

Great attitude. Let's fix a crime with another crime.
How does this always become a racist issue? These criminals happened to be Mexican.. (Do u know that for a fact or does the hispanic names automatically make them Mexican?).
Hmm.. I believe the Europeans were also criminals when they invaded this country.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure race has anything to do with it. I never trust any man that has a mustache. (including cops) Mustaches reflect