Crime

Search for suspect in stabbing, robbery continues in Grover Beach

A robbery in Santa Barbara County resulted in a pursuit that ended in Grover Beach on Wednesday night. Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies evaluate the suspect's car as the scene is illuminated by a CHP helicopter.
A robbery in Santa Barbara County resulted in a pursuit that ended in Grover Beach on Wednesday night. Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies evaluate the suspect's car as the scene is illuminated by a CHP helicopter. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies pursued two suspects wanted in connection with a stabbing outside the Chumash Casino in a high-speed chase from Santa Barbara County to Grover Beach on Wednesday night.

At 9:30 p.m. Santa Barbara deputies, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies and Grover Beach police were searching for a male suspect after apprehending his companion, a woman, earlier in the evening, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

The pursuit began at around 5:45 p.m. in the Donovan Avenue and Highway 101 area of Santa Maria with both suspects inside a stolen car, Hoover said. The pursuit reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and went on and off Highway 101. Deputies called off the pursuit due to public safety concerns when the vehicle exited the freeway in Grover Beach, Hoover said.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies continued to follow the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash before both occupants fled on foot. The woman was quickly apprehended and taken into custody, Hoover said.

Authorities were continuing to search for the male suspect in the area around the Park View Avenue and Sixth Street neighborhood of Grover Beach with assistance from a CHP helicopter and K-9 units.

The stabbing came to light in the early hours Wednesday, Hoover said. Santa Barbara County deputies responded to a call to the Chumash Casino just after midnight Wednesday that someone had been stabbed.

When they arrived, deputies found a victim who had been stabbed several times at a location other than the casino and come to the lobby for help. The victim, a Nipomo man, also had his wallet and cell phone stolen, Hoover said. The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

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