A 19-year-old Santa Maria man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing last week at a liquor store on Broadway in Santa Maria, police said Monday.
Joseph Anthony Garcia is charged with conspiracy to commit murder with a gang enhancement, Santa Maria police said.
Police were called to Gateway Liquor at 1650 N. Broadway at about 8 p.m. last Wednesday night for a reported stabbing. When they arrived, they were unable to locate the victim or any witnesses. A short time later the stabbing victim, also 19, arrived at the hospital, according to police. The victim’s condition was listed as stable at that time. His current medical condition is not known. He was stabbed in the upper torso. Police have not identified the victim.
Police said Garcia is believed to be an associate of a local criminal street gang.
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with further information is urged to contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 928-3781.