Published on the 8th June 2010 by the Santa Barbara Independent
Three people have been arrested following an attack on Bradbury Avenue near Ortega Street in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 5. David Campoverde, 18, Jhovanny Reyes-Canales, 18, and a 16-year-old youth (who cannot be named for legal reasons) are all charged with assault with a deadly weapon (fists and feet), with an added allegation of causing serious bodily injury. The 28-year-old-victim, who was returning home from his job in a downtown nightclub, suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, and wounds on his face and head.
It is alleged that at 2 a.m. on Saturday, the suspects were harassing another couple when the victim emerged on the scene, shining a flashlight on the suspects in an attempt to scare them off. This is when the suspects purportedly approached the victim, confirmed that he was not a police officer, and began an attack. A commotion created by a passing motorist and bystanders in an attempt to draw attention to the assault alerted a nearby police officer. Paramedics and fire rescue were then called. So were officers with the Gang Suppression Team, who specialize in street-level gang enforcement.
The victim, who stayed conscious throughout the ordeal, provided a detailed description of the suspects. Two were discovered immediately in the surrounding area, one hiding in an unlocked car. Both reportedly had fresh blood on their clothing and shoes. The third was tracked down after authorities obtained a search warrant. At least one more suspect is sought as the investigation continues.