Alleged assailant hides in Oceano lagoon
May 4, 2013
Chance MacAire, 23, and the victim, a resident of Oceano, were fighting on the 2300 block of Ocean Street when MacAire allegedly stabbed his opponent in the lower extremities, officials said. Emergency medical personnel transported the victim to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies along with Sheriff’s K9 arrived and searched the area, but were unable to locate MacAire.
Several hours later, deputies found MacAire on the 300 block of Pier Avenue. He fled on foot, ran into the lagoon and refused to come out of the water.
MacAire brandished a knife at deputies and then threatened to harm himself. State Parks Rangers, Grover Beach police, Arroyo Grande police and County Mental Health personnel responded to assist.
After negotiating with law enforcement and mental health professionals for approximately an hour, MacAire came out of the water and was taken into custody. Deputies transported him to the hospital for treatment and subsequently to San Luis Obispo County Jail where he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.