Crime

Two stabbing victims near Lopez Lake hospitalized, suspect apprehended after manhunt

Alberto Isaac Gonzales Penaliza, 26, of Arroyo Grande, was arrested Saturday, September 9, 2017, on suspicion of attempted murder.
Alberto Isaac Gonzales Penaliza, 26, of Arroyo Grande, was arrested Saturday, September 9, 2017, on suspicion of attempted murder.

Deputies spent two hours Saturday combing through rugged terrain near Lopez Lake in search of an attempted murder suspect after two stabbing victims were hospitalized with “critical but non-life-threatening injuries.”

When they finally found the man, Alberto Isaac Gonzales Penaliza, 26, of Arroyo Grande, shortly before 1 p.m., “he was dehydrated and delusional,” San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Nottenkamper said. Gonzales Penaliza was airlifted to a nearby hospital and will be booked on two counts of attempted murder and held on $500,000 bail, officials said.

Deputies first were dispatched to a property at 2708 Waters End Road for a reported stabbing shortly after 10 a.m. On arrival, deputies discovered two victims, one of which still had a knife in her neck according to the police scanner.

Nottenkamper said both victims were hospitalized, but officials had not released the identities of the victims by Saturday evening.

Nottenkamper said the suspect was found three-quarters of a mile from a house on the property and that he was acting erratically. A California Highway Patrol helicopter pilot assisting in the search reported that the man was holding a stick like a staff and at one point appeared to be doing “martial arts.”

County deputies were assisted in the manhunt by the helicopter, which guided units on the ground in an effort to surround and capture the suspect, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The SLO County Sheriff’s Office also deployed an armored vehicle as part of the response.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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