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2nd arrest made in New Year’s Day stabbing in Santa Maria

Alberto Morelos Pablo
Alberto Morelos Pablo, 18

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Maria police say a second person was arrested in connection with a New Year's Day stabbing in the city.

The stabbing happened around 2:13 a.m. on January 1. Police received calls of people fighting near Boone Street and Thornburg.

Officers found two people at the scene who had been injured. One victim had stab wounds and was flown to Cottage Hospital. The other victim had a head injury and was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center. Police say both victims have since been released from the hospital.

Police announced Friday that they had made a second arrest in the case. Officers arrested Alberto Morelos Pablo, 18, of Santa Maria on Thursday.

He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, auto theft, and a criminal street gang enhancement. His bail was set at $100,000.

Police made their first arrest in the stabbing on January 3.

Officers arrested Eduardo Garcia Burrueta, 18, of Santa Maria for attempted murder and a criminal street gang enhancement.

Police say the stabbing is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kulp at (805)928-3781 ext. 1643 or the tipline at (805)928-3781 XCOPS (2677).

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Lindsay Zuchelli

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