Man stabbed at Grover Beach homeless camp

January 6, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 6.16.34 PMA 28-year-old man was stabbed at a Grover Beach homeless encampment Tuesday evening. The man suffered serious injuries but survived.

Police have not made an arrest, and the suspected attacker remains at large.

Around 6:55 p.m., Grover police officers and Five Cities fire personnel responded to a report of a stabbing at the encampment located south of the Grover Beach train station in the 100 block of South Highway 1. When the responders arrived, they determined the victim had been stabbed at least once in the torso.

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Grover Beach homeless camp

An ambulance transported him to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where the victim underwent surgery Tuesday evening.

The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, according to the Grover Beach Police Department. He was last seen running eastbound on Grand Avenue.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid 20s who is between 5 foot 7 and 5 foot 9 and weighs about 180 pounds.  Witnesses said he had a goatee and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black and white shorts.

Officers interviewed multiple witnesses and processed the crime scene. Authorities closed southbound Highway 1 between Grand Avenue and Pier Avenue while they conducted the investigation.

Investigators request that anyone who has information about the stabbing call the police department at 473-4511.

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Grover Beach homeless camp

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This is off topic a bit but yesterday driving over the 101 bridge into Santa Maria I seen a few tents on the left in the Santa Maria river bed!!! On the way back home my son looked and said he seen people. With this rain I would think that now would be a good time to move.

That is NOT a homeless camp. It’s a Ritz.

Seriously though. This is a transient camp. The word homeless is meaningless. And even if you were to define, I think the majority of actual homeless are the ones you never see. They would never, ever want to be associated with that group.

What would John Muir do ?

I would not go hiking up in the dunes alone, that’s for sure. The homeless hollow out little huts out of the iceplants and make little shelters in them. You could be 1/4 mile in to the dunes all alone or with your micro dog and have 2-3 come out of the shrubs…..

The majority of the camp residents moved to the camp on 4th street by the Pismo lake.

Who is paying the hospital bills?

Stupid question.

This filthy “camp” on public and Union Pacific land is an ongoing problem and no agency seems willing to clean it up and raze it. I drive past this place often and for years it has been there, feeding western Grover Beach and Oceano with the vilest kind of panhandlers. That brush needs to go.

I thought this camp was cleaned up. Why were they allowed back in. This is dangerous for the Amtrak Station and should be a priority for the City. South County needs a shelter and then move these people on instead of allowing them to live like animals.

We can’t ignore the fact that for many, homelessness is a lifestyle choice.

We can make them move, but they will simply relocate and carry on as they choose.

At a meeting I attended in Atascadero when we put the ECHO Center in, the police the reason for getting the shelter was 1) to provide a service to the homeless, and 2) if the community has a shelter you have now provided the homeless with services. They can no longer sleep in their cars, parks, creeks, etc. They can be asked to participate or move on. I hope he was not lying!

I have talked the some of them about going to the shelter. Some would go. Most would not. They don’t qualify because they use drugs and drink. They also don’t want to live by someone else’s rules. Shelters have rules. These homeless have their camps. They come and go as they please. They police themselves in their minds for the most part. They do what they want when they want.

Grover PD cleared them out at least once. They just move somewhere else temporarily.

Grover doesn’t really need a shelter. They need funding to keep the Shower facilities and public bathrooms at Grover Beach working all the time. Maybe add some stalls. Add some more facilities in Oceano on Pier street where they can wash up.

The reason I say no to a shelter anywhere but SLO is that if people want REAL help, that is where most of the services are located. Homeless Case management,doctors, mental health, detox, suboxone, social services, employment services, disability, social security, you name it- San Luis is where you should be. But that’s the problem; People have to WANT to be helped. Some people aren’t ready, and some people will never be ready.

Debbie Peterson has taken the lead in exposing what’s been going on in this homeless encampment: drugs, prostitution, trash. She’s also demanding action by the Grover Beach City Council to do something about it!