Suspects in Downtown Santa Barbara weekend stabbing caught by police

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara police arrested two men accused of stabbing three people in downtown Santa Barbara just before midnight on Feb. 3.

Daniel Medina, 23, faces criminal charges for assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a criminal street gang. Juan Rios, 21, faces attempted murder charges and a charge for participation in a criminal street gang.

Investigators say the evidence and witness statements show both suspects got into an argument with a man and his niece at a bar downtown. Fearing for their safety, the man and his niece left the bar immediately but police say Medina and Rios followed the victims, punched the woman in the face knocking her to the ground, and then attacked her uncle.

The attack happened in the 600 block of State Street. The male victim was stabbed. A couple of Good Samaritans rushed to help the victims and were also stabbed before the suspects fled the area, according to police.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the male victim with numerous stab wounds to his upper body, which required immediate medical attention. The victim was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Within 15 minutes, SBPD says two other men arrived at Cottage Hospital with stab wounds.

Medina and Rios were arrested on Feb. 6.

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