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Attempted Murder Suspects Arrested

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested four suspects for an attempted murder that occurred in the 4600-block of Gate Way. On Friday, June 2, 2023, at approximately 3:37 p.m., deputies responded to the area for a report of fight near the community pool. When deputies 0arrived, they found a 20-year-old male victim with serious injuries. The victim was immediately transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive. The suspects fled the area prior to deputies’ arrival.

Sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, detectives arrested four suspects in this case at two separate locations. 21-year-old Brandon Tyree Smith from Santa Barbara was arrested in the 100-block of E. Carrillo Street in Santa Barbara. 20-year-old Jordan Alexander Lopez from Santa Barbara, 21-year-old Michael Christian Lee from Goleta, and 19-year-old Jude Issam Hallal from Santa Barbara were arrested in the area of Mesa Road and Los Carneros. All four suspects were booked at the Sheriff’s Main Jail for attempted murder (felony), robbery (felony) and conspiracy (felony). They are each being held on $2,000,000 bail.

This investigation remains ongoing. Detectives do not believe this was a random attack, the suspects and victim are known to each other. The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone with information about this case to contact Sheriff’s detectives at (805)681-4150. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide information by calling our tip line at (805)681-4171 or online at


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