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    Two Suspects Arrested for Over a Dozen Charges on Thanksgiving Morning

    Two Santa Maria men have been arrested for attempted murder and numerous other charges following a shooting on Thanksgiving morning. On Thursday, November 23, 2023, at approximately 8:38 a.m., deputies responded to the 1300-block of Ellwood Ranch Road in Santa Barbara for a report of a shooting from a vehicle. As deputies were on their way, the suspects fled in a vehicle towards Cathedral Oaks Road.

    Shortly thereafter, a deputy spotted the suspect vehicle in the 7000-block of Hollister Avenue and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, however, evaded the deputies, leading them on a brief pursuit. The pursuit came to an end when the driver collided with the sidewalk, and both occupants fled on foot. Deputies swiftly apprehended both suspects, later identified as 37-year-old Alejandro Maldonado and 31-year-old Edgar Bribiesca-Puga, both residents of Santa Maria. Inside the suspects’ vehicle, deputies discovered items stolen from the Ellwood Ranch Road residence. Additionally, a handgun, identified as an un-serialized .40 caliber “ghost” gun, used in the shooting was recovered.

    Both suspects were booked at the Main Jail for felonies including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, conspiracy, grand theft, and burglary as well as misdemeanor charges of obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, vandalism, and possession of burglary tools.

    Maldonado was booked on the additional felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon – not a firearm, driver allowing a firearm to be discharged from a vehicle, evading, and driving the wrong way while evading along with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway. Maldonado is being held without bail for a violation of probation.

    Bribiesca-Puga was booked on additional felony charges of shooting at a person from a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of an un-serialized firearm. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

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    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. In addition, the Sheriff's Office is contracted to provide police services to the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Solvang.


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