Two Santa Barbara teens charged with murder

April 3, 2021

Santa Barbara police arrested two teenagers Friday they suspect fatally shot a 23-year-old man on Monday.

The teens allegedly shot Jesus Espinosa-Maldonado of Oxnard as he was driving on Eucalyptus Hill Road near Salinas Street. Following the shooting, the vehicle Espinosa-Maldonado was driving collided with a tree, causing the tree to catch on fire.

Officers arrived to find Espinosa-Maldonado’s black SUV had shattered windows and two blown-out tires.

Emergency personnel transported Espinosa-Maldonado to a local hospital, where he died two days later.

Officers booked the two Santa Barbara teens, ages 15 and 17, into juvenile hall on gang-related murder charges. Their names are not being released because of their ages.

In addition, investigators arrested 39-year-old Irene Fernandez of Santa Barbara on suspicion of gang murder and accessory to a felony with special circumstances.


While we are so in the mood to cancel everything “bad”…how about canceling entertainment content that glorifies shooting and killing each other?….if you cancel God you had better cancel the devil too…..


SB is SLO’s future. A shell of its former self, closed stores, sky high rents, an inflated sense of importance and rising violence.