Grover Beach stabbing suspect arrested

January 7, 2016
Andrew A. Lerma

Andrew A. Lerma

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.


Please also report on his citizenship status.

Sounds like a wonderful person.

Officers, thank you for bringing him in.


Does his “citizenship status” make him a better or worse stabber? You gotta realize this guy and his citizenship status are not the problem. Sure, he’s a lousy human as evident by his actions, but what’s really hurting the American people are the people who were born here with European ancestry. Think old rich white guys sending our kids off to kill brown people for profit.

Kaiser Bill

“but what’s really hurting the American people are the people who were born here with European ancestry.”

Hilarious. I didn’t know we had a massive problem with European gangs, criminals, and rapists.

The media and law enforcement must have had it wrong when they reported 15 homicides in Santa Maria.

Why is the crime rate far higher in Santa Maria than a town like Templeton?