A suspect was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with two stabbings earlier in the day near Lopez Lake in rural Arroyo Grande.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Alberto Isaac Gonzales Penaliza, 26, of Arroyo Grande, was taken into custody after an hours-long pursuit by multiple law enforcement agencies. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail for two counts of attempted murder and held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Officials responded to a report of two female victims who suffered multiple stab wounds at 2708 Waters End Road around 10 a.m., according to the emergency scanner traffic.

One of the victims was reportedly found by first responders with a knife still in her neck.

Both victims were hospitalized and believed to be in serious condition, according to Sgt. Dave Nottenkamper, of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.

After the reported incident, the "suspect fled into a rugged canyon area, and several different officials went down there on foot," Nottenkamper said.

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Tracking the suspected was reportedly difficult due to heavy vegetation.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter that was deployed to help in the search "kept their eyes on him and was able to direct ground crews into the location where he was trying to get away from officers," he added.

The suspect was found "delusional and dehydrated" at the scene, and officials had to wait for several minutes to get him into the helicopter and into custody, Nottenkamper said.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210