Humberto Castillo Arias
Santa Barbara County – As these things go, street stabbings pursuant to commonplace altercations and even as the result of gang warfare generally involved “sticking,” whereby a victim is poked or lacerated by an adversary wielding a knife, dagger, or dirk.
Rarely are stabbing victims literally gutted, but in the early morning hours of January 8th outside the rear entrance of a Lompoc bar, that’s apparently what happened.
According to Lompoc Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Martin, a 911 Emergency call was received by LPD Dispatch at 1:44 a.m. reporting “a stabbing at DJ’s Bar.”
Responding officers arrived on the scene to discover “a male victim stabbed multiple times causing a portion of his intestine to be exposed.” The victim was transported to Santa Maria’s Marian Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery.
Over the ensuing five days, investigation into the incident and multiple witness statements indicated that the victim had been in a physical altercation with Humberto Castillo Arias, a 20-year-old resident of Lompoc.
On January 12th, Arias was contacted at his place of residence and taken into custody. He was transported to Lompoc City Jail, where he was booked on charges of committing a crime while out on bail, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and causing great bodily injury in the commission of a felony.
Photo: Courtesy Lompoc Police Department Booking