Crime

Police apprehend Lopez Lake stabbing suspect after search through rugged terrain

Update, 1:06 p.m.

Police say the suspect is “very dehydrated” and in an “altered state of consciousness.”

Update, 12:53 p.m.

Police have the suspect in custody and are requesting a helicopter to come extract him.

Update, 12:51 p.m.

Police have spent most of the last hour pursuing the suspect along a creek bed and sand bar in the area. At 12:48 p.m., they reported the man was wielding a large stick like a staff.

Original Story:

Police are actively seeking a man suspected of attempted murder at a remote property near Lopez Lake on Saturday morning.

The man allegedly stabbed two people, who were taken for medical treatment. Their status is unknown at this time. One woman was reported to still have a knife in her neck at the time emergency responders arrived.

Shortly before noon, deputies from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office were pursuing a suspect described as a man between 27 and 32 years old at 2708 Waters End Road, north of Lopez Lake. Scanner traffic indicates deputies are using all-terrain vehicles, canines and possibly air support in their effort to hunt for the suspect in the densely vegetated, hilly terrain.

The sheriff’s office has called in aid from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and other state agencies.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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