An Arroyo Grande man was charged with two counts of attempted murder Tuesday, one for each woman who was hospitalized with critical but not life-threatening injuries Saturday.
If convicted, Alberto Isaac Gonzalez-Penaloza, 26, could be sentenced to up to life in state prison.
The charges both carry felony enhancements for domestic violence and for using a shotgun and two knives to allegedly carry out the crime.
Deputies were dispatched Saturday morning to a remote property near Lopez Lake after receiving a report of a stabbing. On arrival, responders found two victims, including one who still had a knife stuck in her neck. The victims were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries, while deputies began a search for the suspect, Gonzalez-Penaloza.
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The search lasted two hours and involved a California Highway Patrol Helicopter, area SWAT officers, an armored vehicle and search dogs. When Gonzalez-Penaloza was finally apprehended, “he was dehydrated and delusional,” according to Sgt. Dave Nottenkamper of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
Gonzalez-Penaloza is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. He is in custody at San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held on $1 million bond.