SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Stabbing Suspect, 47 year old Gabriel Nicholas Rivera, is in custody. At 1:26
p.m. the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip that
Rivera had returned to the property where the crime occurred on August 21.
Rivera, was originally a guest of a resident in the 1500 block of Highway 154
and had come back to get some of his property.
Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies responded to the
scene along with Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 2. Deputies
secured the perimeter and surrounded the residence where Rivera was believed to
be hiding. Several announcements were made asking him to surrender, movement
was detected within the residence upon which time Rivera came out with his hands
up. He was taken into custody without further incident. No one was hurt during
the incident. He was arrested on outstanding warrants for two counts of assault
with a deadly weapon. Rivera is being held on 100,000 dollars bail.
Public Assistance Requested to Help Locate Stabbing Suspect
Santa Barbara- August 21st, 2013
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to
help locate a suspect involved in a stabbing that occurred around 4:00 this
afternoon, August 21, in the 1500 block of Highway 154. The suspect is 47 year
old Gabriel Nicolas Rivera of Santa Barbara who has had several contacts with
law enforcement and was most recently booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on
a probation violation in January. The two male victims, who were acquaintances
of the suspect, were taken to a local hospital and treated for their injuries.
The stabbings followed a verbal
dispute that occurred among the three individuals involved. When Sheriff’s
Deputies responded to the scene, they located the victims in a black pick-up
truck along Highway 154 and the search began for the suspect. Deputies secured
the perimeter and brought in a specialty K9 unit and Santa Barbara County Air
Support Copter 2 to assist in searching the residential area. Despite the
extensive search the suspect was not located.
Rivera was last seen wearing
brown or yellow shorts, hiking boots, no shirt and an eye patch. If you see
Rivera you should immediately call 911. If you have any information regarding
his whereabouts or the crime that occurred, you are asked to call the Santa
Barbara County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (805) 681-4150.
For all Media Inquiries Please Contact:
PIO Kelly Hoover
Business Hours: (805) 681-4100