Santa Barbara County – Irvin Basquez, 51, had been sought by Santa Barbara County Sheriff detectives since a violent episode took place in the small, quiet north-county community of Orcutt. Basquez is reportedly the suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing that took place at an Orcutt home in the early evening of January 29th.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, Basquez had been involved in a personal confrontation that left a victim suffering from wounds “serious enough that he had to be airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital”, where he remains recovering from his injuries.
Basquez, while the subject of an area manhunt, had eluded apprehension until the afternoon of February 1st, when Santa Maria Police officers observed a vehicle matching the description of one recently involved in a theft from a local area Walmart. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and “were conducting the identification of the four people in the car,” Hoover reported, when Basquez was discovered sitting in the back seat. He was summarily taken into custody and arrested on charged of attempted murder, while the other three occupants of the vehicle were arrested on charges related to the Walmart theft, and assorted probation and parole violations.
Basquez was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail and booked for attempted murder with his bail set at a nice round number: $1,000,000.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking
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