Santa Maria machete attack leaves man hospitalized, another in jail

May 30, 2022

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

Santa Maria police officers arrested a man who allegedly attacked another man with a machete during a fight Saturday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m., 911 callers reported a fight in the 300 block of E. Monroe Street. Officers arrived at the scene and found a 24-year-old man who had sustained multiple lacerations from a machete, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Emergency personnel transported the man in an ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center. A helicopter then airlifted him to Cottage Hospital.

Officers found evidence of the crime and detained multiple people leaving the scene. Detectives, along with crime lab personnel, also came out to the scene to investigate.

Following numerous interviews with witnesses, investigators identified the attacker as Jesus Espinoza Irazqui, 24, of Santa Maria. Officers arrested Irazqui for attempted murder and booked him in Santa Barbara County Jail with his bail set at $2 million.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. They are asking anyone with information about the case to contact detectives at (805) 928-3781 ext. 2277.


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Messkit

This is what you get without a machete registration law. Illegal machete killing machines carried by anyone, even children! Think of the children!


IDBOUND

Another $4.99 Harbor Freight Machete sale goes awry


Messkit

On the other hand…I have one of their Titanium flux welders. No issues, and works like a champ with good, strong welds up to 1/4″ stock. More than enough for projects and bike repairs. Also doesn’t pop my house breakers!


OhHenry

Harbor Freight will be sued soon. Their fault that their machete cut someone.