Nipomo man arrested for attempted murder
July 23, 2016
Santa Maria police arrested a 41-year-old Nipomo man for the attempted murder of a man at a Santa Maria gas station on Thursday.
On Friday evening, officers pulled Pedro Santiago over on the 900 block of North Broadway in Santa Maria. During a search of Santiago’s vehicle, police discovered several firearms. Officers then booked Santiago into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
Later Friday evening, police served a search warrant at a residence associated with Santiago on Orchard Road in Nipomo. Officers discovered hand guns, assault-type rifles and a large quantity of ammunition.
The search resulted in two additional arrests. Police arrested Franklin Edgar Lopez, 25 of Nipomo and Rafael Lopez, 21, of Nipomo on charges related to the possession of firearms.
At 4:11 p.m. on Thursday, after an alleged argument in Spanish at the Conserv Fuel on Betteravia Road, Santiago allegedly returned to his white truck, pulled out a gun and shot the driver of a black SUV in the head.
A helicopter then transported the victim to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. The extent of the victim’s injuries is unknown, but the man is expected to survive, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.