SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A bloody stabbing in Santa Maria landed a man in the hospital yesterday.
Police say it happened at a recording studio on the 500 block of S Broadway. They say a man was robbed and stabbed by a man who was squatting inside.
"Wasn't something I expected," witness Todd Longaker said.
Police say two brothers were confronted by a man who was squatting inside the business. That's when the suspect robbed one of the brothers for jewelry and cash and then stabbed him in the back, before taking off.
"And there was three guys over by the 8 foot sign over there and one of them was hunched over with a red spot on his shoulder," Longaker said.
Todd Longaker was working at this Alcoholics Anonymous office when he heard the commotion outside.
"I mean I hear about Santa Maria and gangs but I hadn't seen anything in the eight months that I've been here," Longaker said.
Police say, if found and arrested this suspect could face Attempted Murder charges - and if convicted could face life in prison.
"And he's described as a black male adult, about 30 years of age, thin build, clean shaven, he was wearing dark clothing and either described as a red shirt or a red bandana," Santa Maria Police Sgt. Marc Schneider said.
Santa Maria Police Sgt. Marc Schneider says this suspect is likely homeless, should be considered armed and dangerous and broke into the business through a window.
"If you're going to your business and you see anything that looks unusual, call the police department, we can come out and check your business for you if you think somebody could have got inside, whether you believe they're there or not, we can always do a security check for you," Schneider said.
"It could be pretty severe with all the nerve damage that can happen, I've been a massage therapist for 20 years so I know a few things about the spine," Longaker said.
That victim has been released from the hospital and is expected to be okay. If you have any information on who this suspect is contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 805-928-3781.