Photo: Glenn Allen Ray
Santa Barbara County – As if being homeless and living on the streets isn’t difficult enough, it appears that deadly violence could be another fact of life for Santa Barbara County’s transient population.
Evidence of that came to public notice with the account of a potentially lethal attack that occurred during the night of November 18th on rural property within the city limits of Goleta at what Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Relations Officer Raquel Zick described as a “transient encampment.”
Law enforcement became aware of the incident when they were summoned to Goleta Valley Hospital “to investigate a report of a victim who had been stabbed.” Deputies conducted an in-hospital interview of the victim and learned that the assault occurred “near a dead-end area on Ward Drive.”
The ensuing investigation lead to the identification of Camarillo resident 58-year-old Glenn Allen Ray as the principal suspect. Twenty-four hours later, Ray detectives located at his residence and took him into custody. He was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on charges that included attempted murder and driving with a suspended license. He remains in custody with his bail set at $1,000,000, while the victim of the assault remains hospitalized.