Santa Barbara County- Proving once again that the threat of deadly violence respects no gender distinction, and that a lady with a knife is not to be trifled with, Autumn Pommier, 27, appears to have been the dangerous half of a male-female couple involved in a street dispute with a second man on the streets of Santa Maria on the evening of October 14th.
According to Santa Maria Police Department spokesman Lt. Mark Norling, Pommier was in the company of Ruben Cruz Ortiz, 30, another area resident, when they encountered a 27-year old man on the street with whom they engaged in conversation that eventually became less than friendly and more than a mere verbal altercation.
It was sometime after 7:30 p.m. when Santa Maria Emergency Dispatch received a 911 call for service on the 900 block of West Cook Street. Officers responding to the scene discovered Angel Valdez on the sidewalk bleeding from the lower abdomen, the site of what appeared to be a “non-life-threatening stab wound” as described by Norling in his report to the media.
The ensuing investigation indicated that Valdez had engaged in a verbal argument that soon became physical between himself and Ortiz. While the two men handled themselves in their manly manner, however, Pommier “approached and stabbed the victim and then held the knife to the victim and threatened to stab him again,” Norling said.
While both Pommier and Ortiz fled the scene, officers quickly located them close by. Pursuant to positive IDs and further questioning, both suspects were arrested and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail where they were booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorist threats.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking
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