Santa Paula man arrested after allegedly stabbing male victim in upper torso

October 28, 2009
Santa Paula Police Department

A man was critically injured when he was stabbed in the upper torso last week and his alleged assailant was soon caught, according to a Santa Paula Police Department spokesman.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesA man was critically injured when he was stabbed in the upper torso last week and his alleged assailant was soon caught, according to a Santa Paula Police Department spokesman. Sergeant Ryan Smith said the incident occurred October 23 at approximately 12:29 a.m. when SPPD officers responded to a reported stabbing at Sancho’s Bar, located at 132 W. Harvard Blvd.Upon arrival, “Officers observed a subject attempting to flee from in front of the bar,” and several witnesses told police the subject was the suspect in the stabbing attack. Smith said officers quickly detained the subject - Lazaro Rodriguez, 29, of Santa Paula - and later arrested him.
The 43-year-old male victim, whose name Smith said is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation, sustained a severe stab wound to “his upper torso, causing critical injuries.” Santa Paula Fire EMTs and A.M.R. Paramedics treated the victim on scene before he was transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center.Smith said police closed Sancho’s Bar for several hours to investigate the attack. “A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and Rodriguez became involved in an argument, at which time Rodriguez stabbed the victim,” an assault Smith said “does not appear to be gang related.”After he was taken into custody, Rodriguez was also found to have an outstanding warrant of arrest for driving without a license. Rodriguez was lodged at the Ventura County Jail, alleging one count of attempted murder, and for the warrant. His set bail is $500,000.



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