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Police nab one suspect in late August Lompoc stabbing


Two weeks after a stabbing in Lompoc left a man fighting for his life, police nab their suspect while another remains at large.

Authorities now say the attack was gang-related and the suspects stole the victim’s property after stabbing him.

Lompoc police say Ruben Pacheco Jr., who was identified as a suspect in the case, was arrested in the city of Santa Barbara on Sept. 13, 2018. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and participation in a criminal street gang.

An underage teen whom authorities say is also responsible for the attack remains on the loose.

The stabbing occurred on Aug. 30, 2018, at about 6:30 p.m. in the 400 block of North M Street. The victim was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Lompoc Police Department at 805-736-2341.


Police are looking for a stabbing suspect in Lompoc.

The incident happened around 6:30 Thursday evening in the 400 block of North M Street. Police said they arrived to find a man with a stab wound.

The victim was treated by the Lompoc Fire Department and AMR before being taken to Cottage Hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Lompoc Police Department Investigations Bureau at 805-875-8120.

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