Grover Beach stabbing suspect arrested
January 7, 2016
Police arrested a 26-year-old Grover Beach resident Wednesday for stabbing a man at a homeless encampment.
Andrew A. Lerma allegedly stabbed a 28-year-old man on Tuesday evening at a homeless camp located south of the Grove Beach train station in the 100 block of South Highway 1. The victim remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to a Grover Beach Police Department news release.
Grover Beach officers and Five Cities Fire personnel responded to the encampment around 6:55 p.m. They found the victim had been stabbed at least once in the torso and the suspect had fled.
Investigators worked overnight and into the morning on Wednesday to identify Lerma as the suspect. They then tracked him to a home in the 400 block of North 12th Street in Grover Beach.
Officers arrested Lerma at the home without incident. They charged him with one count of attempted murder and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Lerma remains in jail with bail set at $522,000, according to the county sheriff’s office website. Lerma also faces several other charges, including violation of probation and multiple counts of contempt of court.