Five people arrested in connection to Goleta Beach stabbing

GOLETA, Calif. - Five suspects connected to a September 2017 stabbing at Goleta Beach were arrested by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday.

Four teens ranging from 15 to 17 years of age were taken into custody. Authorities did not release their identities because they are minors.

The adult, 21-year-old Goleta resident Christian Catalan, was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing great bodily injury and gang participation allegations.

On Sept. 16, a 30-year-old man was stabbed several times near the restrooms at Goleta Beach. He drove himself to the hospital before law enforcement arrived. The Sheriff's Office said the man suffered non-life threatening stab wounds.

Following the attack, a group of individuals fled the scene and tried hiding from police nearby. Some were located hiding in the slough area near Highway 217 and others near the UCSB campus. However, no arrests were made at that time.

After a thorough investigation, authorities finally issued arrest warrants for the suspects on Oct. 17. The search and arrest warrants were served at different locations throughout Santa Barbara County. The crime is believed to be gang-related.

The crime remains under investigation but authorities ask anyone with information related to this incident call the Sheriff's Office at 805-681-4150 or leave an anonymous tip at 805-681-4171.

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