SANTA MARIA, Calif. - UPDATE
Santa Maria Police Lt. Russell Mengel confirms the knife attacker is the son of the two older victims. He has been identified as 21-year-old Jhordy Ramirez.
The stabbing victims have been identified as Silvia Narciso, 40, and Ricardo Ramirez, 41. The father has been released from the hospital but Narciso remains in critical condition.
Santa Maria police say the suspect initially refused to drop the knife when he was confronted by officers but that after a brief standoff, he dropped the weapon. However, "As they approached Jhordy to arrest him, he appeared to be trying to rearm himself. An officer used his Taser on Jhordy and officers were able to subdue him," said the Santa Maria Police in a statement.
The motive for the stabbing remains unknown at this time. Jhordy Ramirez was arrested for attempted murder. A booking photo is not currently available.
Santa Maria police are investigating a stabbing involving multiple victims in the 300 block of E. Newlove Drive Friday.
"It was a large knife, don't have the measurements on it, early descriptions by officers said it was a large kitchen knife," Santa Maria police Lt. Russell Mengel said.
Police say they received a 911 call reporting at least two stabbing victims just after 11:00 a.m. When officers arrived, they located the victims inside the home on Newlove Drive and the suspect, a man described to be in his 20's, near the residence.
Santa Maria police told KCOY 12's Sean Larsen that officers confronted the suspect who had a knife, believed to be the weapon, in his hand and refused to put it down. Officers were able to use non-lethal force to take the suspect into custody.
"People need to have a little more love in their heart," neighbor Donald Rosemann said.
Donald Rosemann lives just feet from where two people were found with life threatening stab wounds Friday morning.
"Well it's disturbing, having this stuff so close to home," Rosemann said. "I hope they survive, it's tragic if they pass."
According to police, the suspect was suffering from stab wounds but it is unclear if they were self-inflicted or caused during the altercation.
Both victims suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital. The suspect was also transported to the hospital for medical attention.
Investigators told KCOY 12 that the suspect is related to the victims but were not completely sure if the suspect was the victims' son or another family member. This is being treated as an attempted murder investigation.
Police said there is no immediate threat to the public. The area was closed off for the investigation.
"Anything can be avoided if people would just talk about it, just talk it out instead of resorting to violence, knives, and guns," Rosemann said. "Sure we all have problems but resorting to violence isn't the answer."
Rosemann says this is a street where kids play all afternoon long.
"We all should be more like kids, they get along, they have nothing but they always seem to have a good time, you know.. it's the older people that seem to have the problem," Rosemann said.
No further details were immediately known. We will update this story when new information becomes available.