On January 29, 2023, at about 0635 hours, the Combined Communication Center received several 9-1-1 calls reporting an injured and bleeding male near Anacapa Street and De La Guerra Street in Santa Barbara. Officers located the victim, a middle-aged male believed to be homeless. The victim was suffering from a stab wound to the neck and was quickly transported to Cottage Hospital by medics.
Patrol Officers began the investigation and Detectives were called in to assist. Officers from the Community Action Team (C.A.T) were able to assist and advance the investigation rapidly due to their relationships with people in the Santa Barbara community who are suffering from homelessness. With information provided by community members, C.A.T Officers identified a suspect, and probable cause was developed to make an arrest.
Shortly after, the suspect, identified as Mitchell Grant Grote (DOB 1/16/96), was located on Milpas Street and arrested for Attempted Homicide. He was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail of $1,000,000. There are no suspects outstanding in this investigation.